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Ernie Kovacs & Early TV Comedy: Nothing in Moderation

by Andrew Horton

Among the pioneers of television, Ernie Kovacs was one of the most original and imaginative comedians. His zany, irreverent, and surprising humor not only entertained audiences throughout the 1950s and early...


Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction

by Andrew Horton

From a hotel in Marrakech in The Man Who Knew Too Much, to small-town Alabama in To Kill a Mockingbird, to Mission Control in Space Cowboys, creating a fictional, yet wholly believable world in which to film...


Screening the Gothic

by Lisa Hopkins

Filmmakers have long been drawn to the Gothic with its eerie settings and promise of horror lurking beneath the surface. Moreover, the Gothic allows filmmakers to hold a mirror up to their own age and reveal...


Realer Than Reel: Global Directions in Documentary

by David Hogarth

Television and globalization have transformed the traditional documentary almost beyond recognition, converting what was once a film genre devoted to public service and education into a popular televisual commodity...


Understanding Indian Movies: Culture, Cognition, and Cinematic Imagination

by Patrick Colm Hogan

Indian movies are among the most popular in the world. However, despite increased availability and study, these films remain misunderstood and underappreciated in much of the English-speaking world, in part...


Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow: Color Design in the 1930s

by Scott Higgins

Like Dorothy waking up over the rainbow in the Land of Oz, Hollywood discovered a vivid new world of color in the 1930s. The introduction of three-color Technicolor technology in 1932 gave filmmakers a powerful...


Ethnographic Film: Revised Edition

by Karl G. Heider

Even before Robert Flaherty released Nanook of the North in 1922, anthropologists were producing films about the lifeways of native peoples for a public audience, as well as for research and teaching. Ethnographic...


Popular Cinema of the Third Reich

by Sabine Hake

Too often dismissed as escapist entertainment or vilified as mass manipulation, popular cinema in the Third Reich was in fact sustained by well-established generic conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic...


Woman with a Movie Camera: My Life as a Russian Filmmaker

by Marina Goldovskaya, Antonina W. Bouis & Robert Rosen

Marina Goldovskaya is one of Russia's best-known documentary filmmakers. The first woman in Russia (and possibly the world) to combine being a director, writer, cinematographer, and producer, Goldovskaya has...


Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State

by Dave Oliphant

Jazz is one of America's greatest gifts to the arts, and native Texas musicians have played a major role in the development of jazz from its birth in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie to its most contemporary...


Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film

by Adilifu Nama

Science fiction film offers its viewers many pleasures, not least of which is the possibility of imagining other worlds in which very different forms of society exist. Not surprisingly, however, these alternative...


The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution?

by Megan Mullen

In 1971, the Sloan Commission on Cable Communications likened the ongoing developments in cable television to the first uses of movable type and the invention of the telephone. Cable's proponents in the late...


In Search of the Blues: A Journey to the Soul of Black Texas

by Bill Minutaglio

The rich, complex lives of African Americans in Texas were often neglected by the mainstream media, which historically seldom ventured into Houston's Fourth Ward, San Antonio's East Side, South Dallas, or the...


From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture

by Myra Mendible

From the exuberant excesses of Carmen Miranda in the "tutti frutti hat" to the curvaceous posterior of Jennifer Lopez, the Latina body has long been a signifier of Latina/o identity in U.S. popular culture....


Architecture of Minoan Crete: Constructing Identity in the Aegean Bronze Age

by John C. McEnroe

Ever since Sir Arthur Evans first excavated at the site of the Palace at Knossos in the early twentieth century, scholars and visitors have been drawn to the architecture of Bronze Age Crete. Much of the attraction...


Reel Knockouts: Violent Women in Film

by Martha McCaughey & Neal King

When Thelma and Louise outfought the men who had tormented them, women across America discovered what male fans of action movies have long known-the empowering rush of movie violence. Yet the duo's escapades...


Framing Female Lawyers: Women on Trial in Film

by Cynthia Lucia

As real women increasingly entered the professions from the 1970s onward, their cinematic counterparts followed suit. Women lawyers, in particular, were the protagonists of many Hollywood films of the Reagan-Bush...


Identity Politics on the Israeli Screen

by Yosefa Loshitzky

The struggle to forge a collective national identity at the expense of competing plural identities has preoccupied Israeli society since the founding of the state of Israel. In this book, Yosefa Loshitzky explores...


To Be Like Gods: Dance in Ancient Maya Civilization

by Matthew G. Looper

The Maya of Mexico and Central America have performed ritual dances for more than two millennia. Dance is still an essential component of religious experience today, serving as a medium for communication with...


American Films of the 70s: Conflicting Visions

by Peter Lev

While the anti-establishment rebels of 1969's Easy Rider were morphing into the nostalgic yuppies of 1983's The Big Chill, Seventies movies brought us everything from killer sharks, blaxploitation, and disco...