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Glasnost-Soviet Cinema Responds

by Nicholas Galichenko & Robert Allington

With the coming of glasnost to the Soviet Union, filmmakers began to explore previously forbidden themes, and distributors released films that were suppressed by pre-glasnost-era censors. Soviet cinema underwent...


Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen

by Andrew Tidmarsh

What makes tragedy tragic? What makes comedy comic? What does Much Ado About Nothing have in common with When Harry Met Sally? Seneca with Desperate Housewives? Goldoni with Frasier?

In Genre: A Guide to Writing...


Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983

by Charles Ramírez Berg

La crisis, a period of political and economic turmoil in Mexico that began in the late 1960s, spawned a new era in Mexican cinema. Known as el Nuevo Cine (the New Cinema), these films presented alienated characters...


Cinema and Social Change in Latin America: Conversations with Filmmakers

by Julianne Burton

Since the late 1960s, films from Latin America have won widening audiences in North America and Europe. Until now, no single book has offered an introduction to the diverse personalities and practices that make...


National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987

by Sumita S. Chakravarty

Although Indian popular cinema has a long history and is familiar to audiences around the world, it has rarely been systematically studied. This book offers the first detailed account of the popular film as...


Gender and Society in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

by David William Foster

"Gender is an absolute ground zero for most human societies," writes David William Foster, "an absolute horizon of social subjectivity." In this book, he examines gender issues in thirteen Brazilian films made...


Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema

by David William Foster

Just as Mexican national life has come to center on the sprawling, dynamic, almost indefinable metropolis of Mexico City, so recent Mexican cinema has focused on the city not merely as a setting for films but...


Screen Couple Chemistry: The Power of 2

by Martha P. Nochimson

Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn. Just the mention of their names evokes the powerful chemistry between these screen couples, which utterly transcended the often formulaic films in which they appeared together....


Cinema, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: Perspectives from the French and Francophone Worlds

by Dina Sherzer

In this first major study of French colonial and postcolonial cinema, Dina Sherzer compiles essays by some of the foremost scholars on the subject who interrogate and analyze the realities behind the images...


High Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood

by Justin Wyatt

Steven Spielberg once said, "I like ideas, especially movie ideas, that you can hold in your hand. If a person can tell me the idea in twenty-five words or less, it's going to make a pretty good movie." Spielberg's...


Cinema of Anxiety: A Psychoanalysis of Italian Neorealism

by Vincent F. Rocchio

The "new" realism of Italian cinema after World War II represented and in many ways attempted to contain the turmoil of a society struggling to rid itself of Fascism while fighting off the threat of radical...


Celluloid Vampires: Life After Death in the Modern World

by Stacey Abbott

In 1896, French magician and filmmaker George Méliès brought forth the first celluloid vampire in his film Le manoir du diable. The vampire continues to be one of film's most popular gothic monsters and in...


Indian Stereotypes in TV Science Fiction: First Nations' Voices Speak Out

by Sierra S. Adare

According to an early 1990s study, 95 percent of what college students know about Native Americans was acquired through the media, leading to widespread misunderstandings of First Nations peoples. Sierra Adare...


Cinema and the Sandinistas: Filmmaking in Revolutionary Nicaragua

by Jonathan Buchsbaum

Following the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, young bohemian artists rushed to the newly formed Nicaraguan national film institute INCINE to contribute to "the recovery of national identity" through the creation...


Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors, 1946-Present

by Douglas Brode & Fess Parker

Since the beginning of television, Westerns have been playing on the small screen. From the mid-1950s until the early 1960s, they were one of TV's most popular genres, with millions of viewers tuning in to such...


Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Race and Sex in Disney Entertainment

by Douglas Brode

In his latest iconoclastic work, Douglas Brode-the only academic author/scholar who dares to defend Disney entertainment-argues that "Uncle Walt's" output of films, television shows, theme parks, and spin-off...


After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality

by David Boyd & R. Barton Palmer

Alfred Hitchcock is arguably the most famous director to have ever made a film. Almost single-handedly he turned the suspense thriller into one of the most popular film genres of all time, while his Psycho updated...


Authorship in Film Adaptation

by Jack Boozer

Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. The most critical central step in this...


Career Movies: American Business and the Success Mystique

by Jack Boozer

Achieving the American Dream became inextricably linked with career/business success after World War II, as an increasingly consumerist America learned to define the dream through possessions and status. Not...


Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film

by Daniel Bernardi

Addressing representation and identity in a variety of production styles and genres, including experimental film and documentary, independent and mainstream film, and television drama, Filming Difference poses...