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Visual Culture: Images and Interpretations

by Norman Bryson, Michael Ann Holly & Keith Moxey

Fifteen key art historians and cultural critics redefine the scope and concerns of scholarship on visual culture—a history of representation seen as something different from a history of art.


Sound for Digital Video

by Tomlinson Holman & Arthur Baum

Achieve professional quality sound on a limited budget! Harness all new, Hollywood style audio techniques to bring your independent film and video productions to the next level.

In Sound for Digital Video, Second...


François Truffaut: The Lost Secret

by Anne Gillain & Alistair Fox

For François Truffaut, the lost secret of cinematic art is in the ability to generate emotion and reveal repressed fantasies through cinematic representation. Available in English for the first time, Anne Gillain's...


Rungs on a Ladder: Hammer Films Seen Through a Soft Gauze

by Christopher Neame & Christopher Lee

Christopher Neame, son of director Ronald, started his film career in the early 1960s with Hammer Films. This account is told from the perspective of an amateur who observes 'through a soft gauze' many characters...


You're Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 for Which I Should Be Shot

by Mike Medavoy & Josh Young

"If I had a talent for anything, it was a talent for knowing who was talented."

Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, has remained well loved and respected...


George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success

by Alex Ben Block & Lucy Autrey Wilson

A comprehensive look at 300 of the most financially and/or critically successful motion pictures of all time—many made despite seemingly insurmountable economic, cultural, and political challenges—set against...


Hollywood Jock: 365 Days, Four Screenplays, Three TV Pitches, Two Kids, and One Wife Who's Ready to Pull the Plug

by Rob Ryder

Rob Ryder made that pledge to his wife, and he was determined to stick to it. As technical consultant on blockbuster sports films, he had seen up close how the film business works and what kind of chaos can,...


Dear John

by Joan Le Mesurier

A magical memoir of Dad's Army star John Le Mesurier: one of the greatest actors - and gentleman - of his generationSome years after John Le Mesurier's death, his widow Joan re-read her carefully stored cache...


Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen

by Leonard Maltin

Popular film critic and esteemed cinema historian Leonard Maltin offers a fresh look at underappreciated screen gems in Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. From the over 17,000 entries in...


Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made

by Michael Adams

"Michael Adams's book is great fun! No one intends to make a truly bad movie, but when they do, Michael Adams will be there to watch it...and make it entertaining!" —John Landis, director of Trading Places...


Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops

by James Robert Parish

A longtime industry insider and acclaimed Hollywood historian goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of 15 of the most spectacular movie megaflops of the past 50 years, such as Cleopatra, The Cotton Club,...


Life is Beautiful, But Not for Jews: Another View of the Film by Benigni

by Kobi Niv & Jonathan Beyrak Lev

With sharp, uncompromising logic and eye-opening insight, Niv analyzes the film and its script scene-by-scene to show why Life is Beautiful is very far from being the innocent, charming, and heartwarming film...


Green Porno

by Isabella Rossellini

From the beloved actress Isabella Rossellini comes Green Porno, a strange and enlightening visual exploration of the sex lives of insects and sea creatures, based on the wildly popular short videos of the same...


Altman and After: Multiple Narratives in Film

by Peter F. Parshall

In Altman & After: Multiple Narratives in Film, Peter Parshall carefully examines films that feature various plotlines. In each chapter, Parshall looks at a different example of the multi-plot form, such as...


Jerome Moross's The Big Country: A Film Score Guide

by Mariana Whitmer

Produced in 1958, The Big Country featured an all-star cast that included Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, and Oscar-winner Burl Ives. One of the most enduring elements of the film has been Jerome Moross’s score....


Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score Guide

by Anthony Bushard

Released in 1954, On the Waterfront’s Oscar-nominated score represented a rare venture into film music composition by Leonard Bernstein, one of the towering figures of classical music in the 20th century....


Franz Waxman's Rebecca: A Film Score Guide

by David Neumeyer & Nathan Platte

Providing thematic analysis and situating the score for this classic work within the context of the composer’s life and career, Franz Waxman’s Rebecca: A Film Score Guide will be of interest to musicologists...


Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation

by Mark J.P. Wolf

Mark J.P. Wolf's study of imaginary worlds theorizes world-building within and across media, including literature, comics, film, radio, television, board games, video games, the Internet, and more. Building...


Confessions of a Casting Director

by Jen Rudin

Confessions of a Casting Director is a must-have for any aspiring actor or stage parent—the definitive guide to breaking into film, television, theater, and even YouTube from longtime casting director and...


Secrets of Breaking into the Film and TV Business

by Dean Silvers

A highly successful, award-winning independent producer shares his funny, practical, and innovative approach to breaking into film or television, whether you want to direct, act, write, or produce

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