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Theorizing Art Cinemas: Foreign, Cult, Avant-Garde, and Beyond

by David Andrews

The term "art cinema" has been applied to many cinematic projects, including the film d'art movement, the postwar avant-gardes, various Asian new waves, the New Hollywood, and American indie films, but until...


"This Is Jerusalem Calling": State Radio in Mandate Palestine

by Andrea L. Stanton

Modeled after the BBC, the Palestine Broadcasting Service was launched in 1936 to serve as the national radio station of Mandate Palestine, playing a pivotal role in shaping the culture of the emerging middle...


John Wayne's World: Transnational Masculinity in the Fifties

by Russell Meeuf

In a film career that spanned five decades, John Wayne became a U.S. icon of heroic individualism and rugged masculinity. His widespread popularity, however, was not limited to the United States: he was beloved...


Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt's Islamic Revival

by Karin van Nieuwkerk

In the 1980s, Egypt witnessed a growing revival of religiosity among large sectors of the population, including artists. Many pious stars retired from art, "repented" from "sinful" activities, and dedicated...


A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove

by John Spong, Jeff Wilson & Bill Wittliff

Widely acclaimed as the greatest Western ever made, Lonesome Dove has become a true American epic. Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was a New York Times best seller, with more than 2.5 million copies...


Ryan Adams: Losering, a Story of Whiskeytown

by David Menconi

Before he achieved his dream of being an internationally known rock personality, Ryan Adams had a band in Raleigh, North Carolina. Whiskeytown led the wave of insurgent-country bands that came of age with No...


Film Genre Reader IV

by Barry Keith Grant

From reviews of the third edition:"Film Genre Reader III lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessors, providing an accessible and relatively comprehensive look at genre studies. The anthology's...


Dream West: Politics and Religion in Cowboy Movies

by Douglas Brode

While political liberals celebrated the end of "cowboy politics" with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, political conservatives in the Tea Party and other like-minded groups still vociferously...


Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López's "Irreverent Apparition"

by Alicia Gaspar De Alba & Alma López

Months before Alma López's digital collage Our Lady was shown at the Museum of International Folk Art in 2001, the museum began receiving angry phone calls from community activists and Catholic leaders who...


Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion

by Miri Talmon & Yaron Peleg

With top billing at many film forums around the world, as well as a string of prestigious prizes, including consecutive nominations for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Israeli films have become one of the most...


Theater of the People: Spectators and Society in Ancient Athens

by David Kawalko Roselli

Greek drama has been subject to ongoing textual and historical interpretation, but surprisingly little scholarship has examined the people who composed the theater audiences in Athens. Typically, scholars have...


Queer Bergman: Sexuality, Gender, and the European Art Cinema

by Daniel Humphrey

One of the twentieth century's most important filmmakers-indeed one of its most important and influential artists-Ingmar Bergman and his films have been examined from almost every possible perspective, including...


Twentieth Century-Fox: The Zanuck-Skouras Years, 1935-1965

by Peter Lev

When the Fox Film Corporation merged with Twentieth Century Pictures in 1935, the company posed little threat to industry juggernauts such as Paramount and MGM. In the years that followed however, guided by...


The American Jewish Story through Cinema

by Eric A. Goldman

Like the haggadah, the traditional "telling" of the story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt that is read at the Passover seder, cinema offers a valuable text from which to gain an understanding of the social,...


Art, Nature, and Religion in the Central Andes: Themes and Variations from Prehistory to the Present

by Mary Strong

From prehistory to the present, the Indigenous peoples of the Andes have used a visual symbol system-that is, art-to express their sense of the sacred and its immanence in the natural world. Many visual motifs...


Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s

by Alisa Perren

During the 1990s, films such as sex, lies, and videotape, The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Shakespeare in Love earned substantial sums at the box office along with extensive critical acclaim....


The Fictional Christopher Nolan

by Todd McGowan

From Memento and Insomnia to the Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception, lies play a central role in every Christopher Nolan film. Characters in the films constantly find themselves deceived by others and...


American Film Cycles: Reframing Genres, Screening Social Problems, and Defining Subcultures

by Amanda Ann Klein

A series of movies that share images, characters, settings, plots, or themes, film cycles have been an industrial strategy since the beginning of cinema. While some have viewed them as "subgenres," mini-genres,...


The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television

by Tricia Jenkins

What's your impression of the CIA? A bumbling agency that can't protect its own spies? A rogue organization prone to covert operations and assassinations? Or a dedicated public service that advances the interests...


Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood

by Andrew A. Erish

All histories of Hollywood are wrong. Why? Two words: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the foundation for the movie industry that we know today. Active from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig was responsible...