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The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema

by Jeffrey Weinstock

This introductory volume offers an elegant analysis of the enduring appeal of the cinematic vampire. From Georges Méliès' early cinematic experiments to Twilight and Let the Right One In, the history of vampires...


Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen

by Timothy Shary

Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen is a detailed look at the depiction of teens on film and its impact throughout film’s history. Timothy Shary looks at the development of the teen movie – the rebellion,...


Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie

by Gunnar Hansen

When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing...


Understanding Disability Performanc

by Bruce Henderson & Noam Ostrander

This collection brings together scholarship and creative writing that brings together two of the most innovative fields to emerge from critical and cultural studies in the past few decades: Disability studies...


Westerns Essential Collection: The Essential 'Journal of Popular Film and Television' Collection

by Gary R. Edgerton

For nearly two centuries, Americans have embraced the Western like no other artistic genre. Creators and consumers alike have utilized this story form in literature, painting, film, radio and television to explore...


Violence and American Cinema

by J. David Slocum

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Writing History in Film

by William Guynn

Historical film has been an important genre since the earliest silent films. The French Revolution, the American Civil War, the conquest of the New World, World War II--all have been repeatedly represented in...


Lust for Life!: Irvine Welsh and the Trainspotting Phenomenon

by John Neil Munro

In the mid-1980s Irvine Welsh’s life was going nowhere fast. His teenage dreams of being a footballer or a rock star were over, and he was stuck in a series of white-collar jobs which he loathed. With the...


Maureen O'Hara: The Biography

by Aubrey Malone

From her first appearances on the stage and screen, Maureen O'Hara (b. 1920) commanded attention with her striking beauty, radiant red hair, and impassioned portrayals of spirited heroines. Whether she was being...


Zbigniew Preisner's Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red: A Film Score Guide

by Nicholas W. Reyland

Anaylzing the scores of Blue (1993), White (1993), and Red (1994)-the Three Colors trilogy-Nicholas Reyland provides historical context for the music and explores the life of the composer, the narrative role...


The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940

by James L. Neibaur

In The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940, James L. Neibaur examines, film-by-film, the comedian's 79 short subjects at Roach and Columbia studios. The first book to examine any portion of Chase’s filmography,...


The Art and Politics of Bolivian Cinema

by José|Ruiz, Jorge Sànchez-H.

In Bolivia, politics have always shaped art, particularly when it comes to film. This book presents Bolivia's most significant filmmakers largely in their own words.


Masculinity in Contemporary Popular Cinema: Gender as Genre

by John Alberti

This volume addresses the growing obsolescence of traditional constructions of masculine identity in popular romantic comedies by proposing an approach that combines gender and genre theory to examine the ongoing...


Cinematic Shakespeare

by Michael Anderegg

Cinematic Shakespeare takes the reader inside the making of a number of significant adaptations to illustrate how cinema transforms and re-imagines the dramatic form and style central to Shakespeare's imagination....


Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Mental Illness in Conventional Hindi Cinema

by Dinesh Bhugra

This is the first book to investigate how mental illness is portrayed in Hindi cinema.  It examines attitudes towards mental illness in Indian culture, how they are reflected in Hindi films, and how culture...


Death at the Movies: Hollywood's Guide to the Hereafter

by Tom and Lyn Genelli

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Resurrection (1980), Poltergeist (1982), Beetlejuice (1988), Ghost (1990), Groundhog Day (1993), The Sixth Sense (1999) — these are only a few of the influential movies in recent...


Cinema and Development in West Africa: Film as a Vehicle for Liberation

by James E. Genova

Cinema and Development in West Africa shows how the film industry in Francophone West African countries played an important role in executing strategies of nation building during the transition from French rule...


Gloria Swanson

by Stephen Michael Shearer & Jeanine Basinger

Gloria Swanson defined what it meant to be a movie star, but her unforgettable role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. Now Stephen Michael Shearer sets the record straight in the...


How Not to Make a Short Film: Secrets from a Sundance Programmer

by Roberta Marie Munroe

Anyone can make a short film, right? Just grab some friends and your handheld and you can do it in a weekend or two before being accepted to a slew of film festivals, right? Wrong. Roberta Munroe screened short...


Schlock Value: Hollywood at Its Worst

by Richard Roeper

A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies. Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat...