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Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Film

by Carl Plantinga

Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Film provides a clear and compelling introduction to the basic theoretical issues that ground any in-depth study of documentary film and video. Exploring the legitimacy...


Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy

by Debra Ann Pawlak

The untold story of the innovative pioneers who helped make movies the preeminent art form of the twentieth century.

The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they...


As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew

by Jen Chaney

Will we ever get tired of Clueless? Ugh, as if!

Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the classic film’s release in the first book of its kind, weaving together...


American Film History: Selected Readings, 1960 to the Present

by Cynthia Lucia, Roy Grundmann & Art Simon

From the American underground film to the blockbuster superhero, this authoritative collection of introductory and specialized readings explores the core issues and developments in American cinematic history...


American Film History: Selected Readings, Origins to 1960

by Cynthia Lucia, Roy Grundmann & Art Simon

This authoritative collection of introductory and specialized readings explores the rich and innovative history of this period in American cinema. Spanning an essential range of subjects from the early 1900s...


We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy

by Caseen Gaines

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the 30th anniversary Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a...


Keepers: The Greatest Films--and Personal Favorites--of a Moviegoing Lifetime

by Richard Schickel

From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies

Richard Schickel has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films. He has been a reviewer...


Boxing Films, Mobsters, Dames!: Volume One;  How Kirk Douglas and Robert Ryan Fought Their Way To Stardom

by William Hare & Alvaro Armada Gonzalez

This work explores the success of great films of the early post World War Two era by exploring the links and dimensions of young men impoverished by the Great Depression seeking fame and fortune as professional...


The Dark Tourism of the Bosnian Screen

by Edward Alexander

How is it possible that despite the destruction of its infrastructure during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, Bosnian cinema rapidly rose to claim many of the most prestigious awards in world cinema during...


The Horror of It All: One Moviegoer's Love Affair with Masked Maniacs, Frightened Virgins, and the Living Dead...

by Adam Rockoff

Pop culture history meets blood-soaked memoir as a horror film aficionado and screenwriter recalls a life spent watching blockbuster slasher films, cult classics, and everything in between.

Horror films have...


The Subject of Torture: Psychoanalysis and Biopolitics in Television and Film

by Hilary Neroni

Considering representations of torture in such television series as 24, Alias, and Homeland; the documentaries Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007), and Standard Operating Procedure (2008);...


Neo-Noir

by Mark Bould, Kathrina Glitre & Greg Tuck

Neo-noir knows its past. It knows the rules of the game – and how to break them. From Point Blank (1998) to Oldboy (2003), from Get Carter (2000) to 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004), from Catherine Tramell to Max...


Hide in Plain Sight

by Paul Buhle & Dave Wagner

Hidden in Plain Sight completes Buhle and Wagner's trilogy on the Hollywood blacklist. When the blacklistees were hounded out of Hollywood, some left for television where many worked on children's shows like...


Shooting the Moon

by Brian Willems

The first book to examine the multiple and contradictory strategies for putting the moon on film.


The Use and Abuse of Cinema: German Legacies from the Weimar Era to the Present

by Eric Rentschler

Eric Rentschler explores the screen fantasies and spectacles that derive from Germany’s fraught modern experience and follows the traces of these sights and sounds to the postmillenial present. Each chapters...


Race on the QT: Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino

by Adilifu Nama

Known for their violence and prolific profanity, including free use of the n-word, the films of Quentin Tarantino, like the director himself, chronically blurt out in polite company what is extremely problematic...


The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms

by Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson sweeps from the Renaissance to The Wire

High modernism is now as far from us as antiquity was for the Renaissance. Such is the premise of Fredric Jameson’s major new work in which modernist...


The End of Cinema?: A Medium in Crisis in the Digital Age

by André|Marion, Philippe Gaudreault & Timothy Barnard

Is a film watched on a video screen still cinema? Have digital compositing, motion capture, and other advanced technologies remade or obliterated the craft? Rooted in their hypothesis of the “double birth of...


Hollywood Presents Jules Verne: The Father of Science Fiction on Screen

by Brian Taves

Even for those who have never read Jules Verne (1828--1905), the author's very name conjures visions of the submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the epic race in Around the World in Eighty Days...


Images of Blood in American Cinema: The Tingler to The Wild Bunch

by Kjetil, Dr Rødje

Through studying images of blood in film from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1960s, this path-breaking book explores how blood as an (audio)visual cinematic element went from predominately operating as a signifier,...