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South African National Cinema

by Jacqueline Maingard

Through detailed investigations of selected films, from De Voortrekkers at one end of the twentieth century and Mapantsula at the other, this book examines how South African films have represented national identities...


Sally Potter

by Catherine Fowler

This survey of Sally Potters work documents and explores her cinematic development from the feminist reworking of Puccinis opera La Boheme in Thriller to the provocative contemplation of romantic relationships...


Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker

by Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane on Con Air

“Advance word on Con Air said that it was all about an airplane with an unusually dangerous and potentially lethal load. Big deal. You should try the lunches they serve out of Newark....


Life's A Scream

by Ingrid Pitt

At the age of five, Ingrid Pitt found herself in a concentration camp. Ingrid and her mother escaped from the guards while on a forced march and presented themselves to the partisans, unsure if they would kill...


My First Movie: Take Two: Ten Celebrated Directors Talk About Their First Film

by Stephen Lowenstein

A sequel to the critically acclaimed My First Movie, Stephen Lowenstein once again talks to some of our most celebrated filmmakers about their debut films. Lowenstein interviews ten directors about their career-launching...


My Turn

by Norman Wisdom

Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother, ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for...


Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition: The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers

by Chris Gore

The guerrilla guide to marketing and selling an indie film.

Some people are just there for the loot bags. But most of the people at a film festival are trying to market and sell an independent film. Don’t be...


Behaving Badly: Richard Harris

by Cliff Goodwin

Richard Harris was never an easy person to get along with. He was a difficult schoolboy (and was later disowned by his Limerick teachers), then he went to work in the family flour and milling business - where...


Acting For Film

by Mel Churcher

The author uses her wide experience as an acting and voice coach an major movies to offer insights into the film acting process. She provides tasks, techniques and tips that are designed specifically for film:...


Into the Vortex: Female Voice and Paradox in Film

by Britta H. Sjogren

Into the Vortex challenges and rethinks feminist film theory's brilliant but often pessimistic reflections on the workings of sound and voice in film. Including close readings of major film theorists such as...


Jean-Pierre Jeunet

by Elizabeth Ezra

This is the first book on Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the popular and critically acclaimed director of films such as Amelie, Delicatessen, A Very Long Engagement, Alien Resurrection, and City of Lost Children. Jeunet's...


Figures of Resistance: Essays in Feminist Theory

by Teresa de Lauretis & Patricia White

Figures of Resistance brings together crucial essays and unpublished lectures of internationally renowned theorist Teresa de Lauretis, spanning twenty years of her finest work. De Lauretis's rigorous thought...


The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology

by Jay P. Telotte

Throughout Disney's phenomenally successful run in the entertainment industry, the company has negotiated the use of cutting-edge film and media technologies that, J. P. Telotte argues, have proven fundamental...


Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

by Joseph Mai

For well over a decade, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have produced highly original and ethically charged films that immerse their audiences in an intense and embodied viewing experience. Their work has consistently...


A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler

by Victoria Sturtevant

In this study of Marie Dressler, MGM's most profitable movie star in the early 1930s, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her body to challenge Hollywood's standards for leading ladies. At five feet...


Wanted Cultured Ladies Only!: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s-1950s

by Neepa Majumdar

Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! maps out the early culture of cinema stardom in India from its emergence in the silent era to the decade after Indian independence in the mid-twentieth century. Neepa Majumdar combines...


Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film

by Mia Mask

This insightful study places African American women's stardom in historical and industrial contexts by examining the star personae of five African American women: Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg,...


Latin American Melodrama: Passion, Pathos, and Entertainment

by Darlene J. Sadlier

Like their Hollywood counterparts, Latin American film and TV melodramas have always been popular and highly profitable. The first of its kind, this anthology engages in a serious study of the aesthetics and...


Afghanistan in the Cinema

by Mark Graham

In this timely critical introduction to the representation of Afghanistan in film, Mark Graham examines the often surprising combination of propaganda and poetry in films made in Hollywood and the East. Through...


Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance during the Cold War

by Hector Amaya

Hector Amaya advances into new territory in Latin American and U.S. cinema studies in this innovative analysis of the differing critical receptions of Cuban film in Cuba and the United States during the Cold...