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Hard-Boiled Hollywood

by Jon Lewis

Two spectacular dead bodies—Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia, found dumped and posed in a vacant lot in January 1947, and Marilyn Monroe, found dead in her home in August 1962—bookend this new...


Hollywood Aesthetic

by Todd Berliner

Hollywood makes the most widely successful pleasure-giving artworks the world has ever known. The industry operates under the assumption that pleasurable aesthetic experiences, among huge populations, translate...


William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox

by Sarah Gleeson-White

William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox is a scholarly edition of the five screenplays that Faulkner wrote while under contract to Twentieth Century-Fox during the mid-1930s, and another he wrote in the early...


Intimate Violence

by David Greven

Intimate Violence explores the consistent cold war in Hitchcock's films between his heterosexual heroines and his queer characters, usually though not always male. Decentering the authority of the male hero,...


Split Screen Nation

by Susan Courtney

Split Screen Nation traces an oppositional dynamic between the screen West and the screen South that was unstable and dramatically shifting in the decades after WWII, and has marked popular ways of imagining...


Hollywood Made in China

by Aynne Kokas

China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001 ignited a race to capture new global media audiences. Hollywood moguls began courting Chinese investors to create entertainment on an international scale—from...


Pier Paolo Pasolini: Performing Authorship

by Gian Maria Annovi

Mysteriously murdered in 1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini became famous—and infamous—not only for his groundbreaking films and literary works but also for his homosexuality and criticism of capitalism, colonialism,...


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Film is Like a Battleground

by Marsha Gordon

Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller's War Movies is the first book to focus on the genre that best defined the American director's career: the war film. It draws on previously unexplored archival materials,...


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Partners in Suspense

by Steven Rawle & K. J. Donnelly

This volume of new, spellbinding essays explores the tense relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, featuring new perspectives on their collaboration. Featuring essays by leading scholars...


Filming the Everyday: Independent Documentaries in Twenty-First-Century China

by Paul G. Pickowicz & Yingjin Zhang

This cutting-edge book examines the rapidly developing scene of Chinese independent documentary, arguably the most courageous player in contemporary Chinese visual culture.

The book’s emphasis on current issues...


Exception Taken: How France Has Defied Hollywood's New World Order

by Jonathan Buchsbaum

In Exception Taken, Jonathan Buchsbaum examines the movements that have emerged in opposition to the homogenizing force of Hollywood in global filmmaking. While European cinema was entering a steady decline...


The Break In: How Two 20-Year-Olds Launched Their Film Careers Without Money, Connections, or Permission

by Michael B Allen & Will Bakke

You don't need Hollywood. No, seriously. When we first started making movies, we were broke college kids with no connections or experience. Fast forward five years and we were producing a million dollar movie...


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY The Ultimate Guide to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

by The Editors of Entertainment Weekly & Gareth Edwards Gareth Edwards

Thirty-nine years after the first Star Wars movie entranced audiences around the world comes Rogue One, the franchiseÍs first spinoff film. And now, to celebrate the arrival of a new chapter, Entertainment...


J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Duel for Media Master of the Universe

by Wendy Sterba

In J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon, Wendy Sterba compares the parallel careers in film and television of two creative masterminds—pitting one against the other in a light-hearted competition. The author looks...


My Life in Focus: A Photographer's Journey with Elizabeth Taylor and the Hollywood Jet Set

by Gianni Bozzacchi & Joey Tayler

When Gianni Bozzacchi accepted an assignment as a photographer on the set of The Comedians (1967), he didn't know that his life was about to change forever. His ability to capture the beauty of candid moments...


Winnie Lightner

by David L. Lightner

Winnie Lightner (1899–1971) stood out as the first great female comedian of the talkies. Blessed with a superb singing voice and a gift for making wisecracks and rubber faces, she rose to stardom in vaudeville...