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West of Eden: An American Place

by Jean Stein

An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the author of the contemporary classic Edie

Jean Stein transformed the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl,...


LIFE Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of the Iconic TV Show

by Editors of Life

LIFE goes upstairs, downstairs, and into every fascinating historical nook and cranny of America's favorite British TV mansion-and Highclere Castle, the storied 17th century stately home where the series is...


The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra

by David Wills

In a film career spanning more than five decades, Frank Sinatra proved to be a roulette wheel of constantly spinning talent, the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen. Film history is filled with stars created...


Dirty Words and Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment

by Jeremy Geltzer & Alex Kozinski

From the earliest days of cinema, scandalous films such as The Kiss (1896) attracted audiences eager to see provocative images on screen. With controversial content, motion pictures challenged social norms and...


Withnail and I

by Bruce Robinson

Bruce Robinson's celebrated cult comedy


Bogie & Bacall: Love Lessons from a Legendary Romance

by Cindy De La Hoz

Ever since nineteen-year-old Lauren Bacall seductively taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in the most famous scene from 1941’s To Have and Have Not, fans have been fascinated by the palpable heat between...


Swords and Cinema: Hollywood Vs the reality of ancient warfare

by Jeremaih McCall

The battles and sieges of the Classical world have been a rich source of inspiration to film makers since the beginning of cinema and the 60s and 70s saw the golden age of the 'swords and sandals' epic, with...


Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System

by Emily Carman

During the heyday of Hollywood's studio system, stars were carefully cultivated and promoted, but at the price of their independence. This familiar narrative of Hollywood stardom receives a long-overdue shakeup...


The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol

by Steven A. Galipeau

Using C. G. Jung's approach to dreams and myths, Jungian analyst Steven Galipeau reveals to readers the wealth of symbolism and meaning embedded in George Lucas's modern fairytale. From the battle between light...


Hitchcock

by FranCois Truffaut

Iconic, groundbreaking interviews of Alfred Hitchcock by film critic François Truffaut—providing insight into the cinematic method, the history of film, and one of the greatest directors of all time.

In Hitchcock...


Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

by Christine Leteux & Kevin Brownlow

In recent years, technology has given films of the silent era and their creators a second life as new processes have eased their restoration and distribution. Among the films benefitting from these developments...


Maghrebs in Motion: North African Cinema in Nine Movements

by Suzanne Gauch

Exploring films made in Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria from 1985 to 2009, Suzanne Gauch illustrates how late post-independence and early twenty-first century North African cinema prefigured many of the transformations...


Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

by Cristina Massaccesi

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, directed by German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau in 1922, is not only regarded as one of the most intriguing and disquieting films to have been produced during the years...


ACTING OUTSIDE THE LINES: Perilous Journeys in Pivotal Acting Scenes

by Jack Forbes

Professional Actor/Writer Jack Forbes offers us front-row seats in an enticing array of myriad characters and compelling plot twists.  Jack takes us from Big League baseball coach, to homicide detective, murder...


A Companion to Wong Kar-wai

by Martha P. Nochimson

With 25 essays that embrace a wide spectrum of topics and perspectives including intertextuality, transnationality, gender representation, repetition, the use of music, color, and sound, depiction of time and...


Yesterday is Forever: Nostalgia and Pixar Animation Studios

by Josh Spiegel

Since its first feature film in 1995, Pixar Animation Studios has often been treated, rightly, as a powerful, influential, and forward-thinking animation company. However, many of its films are incredibly besotted...


101 Essential Chinese Movies

by Simon Fowler

Explosive kung-fu epics, tragic leftist melodrama, chest-thumping propaganda films, and more are covered in this movie guide that explores a century of Chinese filmmaking, from the silent era to the present....


William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come

by James Curtis

He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation,...


Governing Visions of the Real: The National Film Unit and Griersonian Documentary Film in Aotearoa/New Zealand

by Lars Weckbecker

Governing Visions of the Real traces the emergence, development, and techniques of Griersonian documentary - named for pioneering Scottish film-maker John Grierson - in New Zealand throughout the first half...


How to Watch a Movie

by David Thomson

From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience.

Since first publishing his...