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Intrepid Laughter: Preston Sturges and the Movies

by Andrew Dickos

Throughout his career, Preston Sturges (1898--1959) was known for bringing sophistication and wit to the genre of comedy, establishing himself as one of the most valuable writer-directors in 1940s Hollywood....


Nationalist African Cinema: Legacy and Transformations

by Sada Niang

Nationalist African Cinema: Legacy and Transformations reexamines African cinema of the nationalist era within the context of contemporary major Euro-American film trends. It argues that the aesthetic diversification...


Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare's Hamlet: The Relationship Between Text and Film

by Samuel Crowl

Hamlet is the most often produced play in the western literary canon, and a fertile global source for film adaptation. Samuel Crowl, a noted scholar of Shakespeare on film, unpacks the process of adapting from...


Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade

by William Goldman

From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new...


Bringing History to Life through Film: The Art of Cinematic Storytelling

by Kathryn Anne Morey

This collection of essays addresses important questions about the relationship between fact and fiction: When does history become myth, and when does myth become legend? Does a romanticized view of history distort...


Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Greatest Directors

by Robert Schnakenberg & Mario Zucca

Strange-But-True Tales of Cross-Dressers, Drug Addicts, Foot Fetishists, and Other Legendary Filmmakers.

 

With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from D. W. Griffith to Quentin Tarantino, Secret...


Confessions of a Casting Director

by Jen Rudin

A must-have for any aspiring actor or stage parent––the definitive guide to breaking into film, television, theater, and even YouTube from a top casting director

Packed with information that aspiring actors...


Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939

by Mark A. Vieira

A showcase of the 50 most unforgettable films from 1939; includes scene stills, behind-the-scenes candids, portraits, poster art, and more!


Glasnost-Soviet Cinema Responds

by Nicholas Galichenko & Robert Allington

With the coming of glasnost to the Soviet Union, filmmakers began to explore previously forbidden themes, and distributors released films that were suppressed by pre-glasnost-era censors. Soviet cinema underwent...


Fashioning Bollywood: The Making and Meaning of Hindi Film Costume

by Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber

An innovative study of the Hindi film industry, this account explores the making and meaning of popular Hindi films, through the lens of their most compelling - and often overlooked -- visual component: costume....


World Cinema through Global Genres

by William V. Costanzo

World Cinema through Global Genres introduces the complex forces of global filmmaking using the popular concept of film genre. The cluster-based organization allows students to acquire a clear understanding...


Blossoms and Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

by Jason Sperb

From his film festival debut Hard Eight to ambitious studio epics Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's unique cinematic vision focuses on postmodern excess and media culture....


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide

by Brian Sibley

 Journey deeper into the magical world of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and principal filmmakers and new cast members, including...


The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom: Borders, Intimacy, Terror

by Bruce Bennett

This comprehensive study of prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom explores the thematic, stylistic, and intellectual consistencies running through his eclectic and controversial body of work. Within...


Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic

by Lucas Hilderbrand

A Queer Film Classic on the stunning 1991 documentary about New York's drag subculture in the 1980s.


The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox

by Jeremi Szaniawski

One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the...


American History Through Hollywood Film: From the Revolution to the 1960s

by Melvyn Stokes

American History through Hollywood Film offers a new perspective on major issues in American history from the 1770s to the end of the twentieth century and explores how they have been represented in film. Melvyn...


Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen

by Vincent Brook & Marat Grinberg

A critical assessment of Jewishness in Woody Allen’s films and plays


An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930

by Denise Lowe

Examine women’s contributions to film—in front of the camera and behind it!

An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930 is an A-to-Z reference guide (illustrated with over 150 hard-to-find...


Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controverssy

by Jorge J. E. Gracia & William Irwin

The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson's spectacular film about the death of Jesus, has quickly become one of the most widely-viewed movies of all time—and one of the most fiercely vilified. It is more loved...