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Documentary Case Studies: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest (True) Stories Ever Told

by Jeff Swimmer

Documentary students and fans revel in stories about filmmakers conquering extraordinary challenges trying to bring their work to the screen. This book brings vividly to life the sometimes humorous, sometimes...


Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing

by Richard Walter

Hollywood's premier teacher of screenwriting shares the secrets of writing and selling successful screenplays

Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's legendary class at UCLA film...


Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality

by Neal Gabler

"A thoughtful, in places chilling, account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life." --The New York Times Book Review

From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author...


Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema

by Daniel Yacavone

Film Worlds unpacks the significance of the “worlds” that narrative films create, offering an innovative perspective on cinema as art. Drawing on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in both the continental...


"It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

by Anthony Slide

Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner...


Cinema Novo x 5: Masters of Contemporary Brazilian Film

by Randal Johnson

With such stunning films as Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Bye Bye Brazil, and Pixote, Brazilian cinema achieved both critical acclaim and popular recognition in the 1970s and 1980s, becoming the premier cinema...


A History of American Movies: A Film-By-Film Look at the Art, Craft, and Business of Cinema

by Paul Monaco

A History of American Movies provides a survey of the narrative feature film from the 1920s to the present. The book focuses on 170 of the most highly regarded and recognized feature films selected by the Hollywood...


Bazin on Global Cinema, 1948-1958

by André|Cardullo, Bert Bazin

André Bazin is renowned for almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as for being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. In 1951 he cofounded...


Maya Deren: Incomplete Control

by Sarah Keller

Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel...


On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary

by Lutz Koepnick

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes to understand...


Conversations with John Schlesinger

by Ian Buruma

“I like the surprise of the curtain going up, revealing what’s behind it.”

–John Schlesinger

The British director John Schlesinger was one of the cinema’s most dynamic and influential artists. Now, in...


Ready For Your Close Up?: African Americans and Internationals In Cinema Who Are College Graduates

by G. Shields

A topical reference of how some of your favorite participants in the film industry enhanced their career choice and insured their future. READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP? AFRICAN AMERICANS AND INTERNATIONALS IN CINEMA...


The Science of Interstellar

by Kip Thorne & Christopher Nolan

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker...


The Hobbit and History: Companion to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Nancy R. Reagin & Janice Liedl

What do Gandalf and Merlin have in common, besides robes and magical staffs? Where do hobbits get their recipes, riddles, and love of rambling? What other Rings of Power were circulating in medieval Europe?...


Projecting 9/11: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Recent Hollywood Films

by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo & Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo

Projecting 9/11 looks at how the themes of race, gender, and citizenship are treated in more than 20 recent movies. The book highlights racial and gender stereotypes and shows how characters are portrayed as...


Cinematic Homecomings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema

by Rebecca Prime

The history of cinema charts multiple histories of exile. From the German émigrés in 1930s Hollywood to today's Iranian filmmakers in Europe and the United States, these histories continue to exert a profound...


South Park FAQ: All That's Left to Know About The Who, What, Where, When and #%$ of America's Favorite Mountain Town

The Art and Making of ParaNorman

by Jed Alger, Chris Butler & Travis Knight

From LAIKA, the studio behind the hit film Coraline, comes another marvel of stop-motion animation and creative storytelling. For ParaNorman, LAIKA's team of artists and animators built and brought to life a...


Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...


Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

by Ruth Barton

Noted for his charisma, talent, and striking good looks, director Rex Ingram (1893−1950) is ranked alongside D. W. Griffith, Marshall Neilan, and Erich von Stroheim as one of the greatest artists of the silent...