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This Thing of Darkness

by Joan Neuberger

Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished masterpiece, Ivan the Terrible, was no ordinary movie. Commissioned by Joseph Stalin in 1941 to justify state terror in the sixteenth century and in the twentieth, the film's politics,...


Screening Art

by Séan Allan

With internationalist aspirations and wide-ranging historical perspectives, East German films about artists and their work became hotly contested spaces in which filmmakers could look beyond the GDR and debate...


The power of vulnerability

by Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä & Ingrid Ryberg

This book investigates the new language of vulnerability that has emerged in feminist, queer and antiracist debates on media, taking a particular interest in the historical legacies and contemporary forms and...


Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil

by Gustavo Procopio Furtado

This book examines the vibrant field of documentary filmmaking in Brazil from the transition to democracy in 1985 to the present. Marked by significant efforts toward the democratization of Brazil's highly unequal...


Through The Looking Glass

by Richard H. Brown Jr

Through the Looking Glass examines John Cage's interactions and collaborations with avant-garde and experimental filmmakers, and in turn seeks out the implications of the audiovisual experience for the overall...


Southern History on Screen

by Bryan M. Jack, Kwakiutl Dreher, Erik Alexander & Caroline Schroeter et al.

Hollywood films have been influential in the portrayal and representation of race relations in the South and how African Americans are cinematically depicted in history, from The Birth of a Nation (1915) and...


Hollywood's Lost Backlot

by Steven Bingen

Hollywood is a transitory place. Stars and studios rise and fall. Genres and careers wax and wane. Movies and movie moguls and movie makers and movie palaces are acclaimed and patronized and loved and beloved,...


Media in Mind

by Daniel Reynolds

Where do you end, and where do media begin? In Media in Mind, author Daniel Reynolds draws upon naturalist philosophies of the mind from John Dewey through contemporary theories of embodied and extended cognition...


ALT 36: African Literature Today

by Ernest N. Emenyonu & John C. Hawley

Debates on the future of the African continent and the role of gender identities in these visions are increasingly present in literary criticism forums as African writers become bolder in exploring the challenges...


The Woody Allen Encyclopedia

by Thomas S. Hischak

For more than five decades, Woody Allen has been one of the most critically acclaimed talents in American cinema. Allen has been nominated for best director seven times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts...


Four from the forties

by Brian McFarlane

The 'Gainsborough melodramas' were a mainstay of 1940s British cinema, and helped make the careers of such stars as Margaret Lockwood, James Mason and Stewart Granger. But what was unique about these films?...


Sofia Coppola

by Anna Backman Rogers

All too often, the movies of Sofia Coppola have been dismissed as “all style, no substance.” But such an easy caricature, as this engaging and accessible survey of Coppola’s oeuvre demonstrates, fundamentally...


Notes from the Dream House

by Philip French, Karl French, Kersti French & Patrick French et al.

Notes from the Dream House is a ‘best of’ selection of reviews by the celebrated Observer film critic Philip French. Spanning half the history of cinema, his reviews cover a great variety of films, from...


You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me

by Caelum Vatnsdal

You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me is a biography of beloved American movie actor Dick Miller. Miller's fantastically storied life, the legendary people with whom he's lived and the fascinating environments...


Filthy Material

by Chris Forster

Modernist literature is inextricable from the history of obscenity. The trials of figures like James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, and Radclyffe Hall loom large in accounts twentieth century literature. Filthy Material:...


Wasteland

by W. Scott Poole

Historian W. Scott Poole traces the confluence of history, technology, and art that gave us modern horror films and literature.

The roots of modern horror are found in the First World War. It was the most devastating...


Hollywood by Hollywood

by Steven Cohan

The backstudio picture, or the movie about movie-making, is a staple of Hollywood film production harking back to the silent era and extending to the present day. What gives backstudios their coherence as a...


Theories of the Soundtrack

by James Buhler

A theory of the soundtrack is concerned with what belongs to the soundtrack, how a soundtrack is effectively organized, how its status in a multimedia object affects the nature of the object, the tools available...


True Indie

by Don Coscarelli

From Don Coscarelli, the celebrated filmmaker behind many cherished cult classics comes a memoir that's both revealing autobiography and indie film crash course.

Best known for his horror/sci-fi/fantasy films...


Gunslinging justice

by Justin Joyce

This book is a cultural history of the interplay between the Western genre and American gun rights and legal paradigms. From muskets in the hands of landed gentry opposing tyrannical government to hidden pistols...