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A Companion to Martin Scorsese

by Aaron Baker

A Companion to Martin Scorsese is a comprehensive collection of original essays assessing the career of one of America’s most prominent contemporary filmmakers.

  • Contains contributions from prominent scholars...


The Thing

by Jez Conolly

Consigned to the deep freeze of critical and commercial reception upon its release in 1982, The Thing has bounced back spectacularly to become one of the most highly regarded productions from the 1980s 'Body...


Halloween

by Murray Leeder

The 1970s represented an unusually productive and innovative period for the horror film, and John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is the film that capped that golden age – and some say ruined it, by ushering...


Studying Fight Club

by Mark Ramey

Fight Club is, on one level, pop-culture phenomena and on another, a deeply philosophical and satirical exploration of modern life. David Fincher’s 1999 film (and Chuck Palahniuk’s source novel) has had...


Carrie

by Neil Mitchell

Brian De Palma's adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel, Carrie (1976), is one of the defining films of 1970s "New Hollywood" style and a horror classic. The story of a teenage social outcast who discovers...


Complicated Women

by Mick LaSalle

Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their...


A Companion to the Horror Film

by Harry M. Benshoff

This cutting-edge collection features original essays by eminent scholars on one of cinema's most dynamic and enduringly popular genres, covering everything from the history of horror movies to the latest critical...


Totalitarianism on Screen: The Art and Politics of The Lives of Others

by Carl Eric Scott & F. Flagg IV Taylor

From its creation in 1950, to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the German Democratic Republic's Ministry for State Security closely monitored its nation's citizens. Known as the Staatssicherheit or Stasi,...


Totalitarianism on Screen: The Art and Politics of the Lives of Others

by Carl Eric Scott & F. Flagg IV Taylor

From its creation in 1950, to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the German Democratic Republic's Ministry for State Security closely monitored its nation's citizens. Known as the Staatssicherheit or Stasi,...


Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar

by Paul Julian Smith

In the last decade, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has grown from critical darling of the

film circuit scene to mainstream success. Frequently comic, often deadly serious, always

visually glorious, his recent...


SAW

by Ben Poole

Like all game changers within the horror genre, SAW was an independent success, a low-budget champion that flourished without the patronage of a big studio. Not bad for the most successful horror franchise ever,...


Film Form: Essays in Film Theory

by Sergei Eisenstein

Twelve essays written between 1928 and 1945 that demonstrate key points in the development of Eisenstein’s film theory and in particular his analysis of the sound-film medium. Edited, translated, and with...


The Struggle for Form: Perspectives on Polish Avant-Garde Film 1916--1989

by Kamila Kuc

This is the first comprehensive English-language account of the Polish avant-garde film, from its beginnings in the early decades of the last century to the collapse of communism in 1989. Taking a broad understanding...


Screening Neoliberalism: Transforming Mexican Cinema, 1988-2012

by Ignacio Sanchez Prado

The silver screen of Mexico, as it appears at home and abroad


The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities

by Randall Halle

An original and exciting examination of boundary-crossing spaces in European cinema


Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress, Revised and Updated

by Carl Rollyson

In American popular culture, Marilyn Monroe(1926-1962) has evolved in stature from movie superstar to American icon. Monroe's own understanding of her place in the American imagination and her effort to perfect...


Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century

by John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh

Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century brings to life the most popular movie star of his day, the personification of the Golden Age of Hollywood. At his peak, in the teens and twenties, the swashbuckling...


Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century

by John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh

Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century brings to life the most popular movie star of his day, the personification of the Golden Age of Hollywood. At his peak, in the teens and twenties, the swashbuckling...


Writing and Cinema

by Jonathan Bignell

 This collection of essays examines the ways in which writing and cinema can be studied in relation to each other. A wide range of material is presented, from essays which look at particular films, including...


The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Sixth Edition

by David Thomson

For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island...