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Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films

by Beverly Merrill Kelley

Reelpolitik II moves past typical left-right political distinctions to examine political ideologies cycling through U.S. history during the '50s and '60s. These eight Cold War movies especially equipped the...


Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh

by Lotte Hoek

Imagine watching an action film in a small-town cinema hall in Bangladesh, and in between the gun battles and fistfights, a short pornographic clip appears. This is known as a cut-piece, a strip of locally made...


Recreating First Contact: Expeditions, Anthropology, and Popular Culture

by Joshua A. Bell, Alison K. Brown & Robert J. Gordon

Recreating First Contact explores themes related to the proliferation of adventure travel which emerged during the early twentieth century and that were legitimized by their associations with popular views of...


Making Waves, Revised and Expanded: New Cinemas of the 1960s

by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

The 1960s was famously the decade of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. It was also a decade of revolution and counter-revolution, of the Cuban missile crisis, of the American intervention in Vietnam, of economic booms...


German Cinema - Terror and Trauma Since 1945: Cultural Memory Since 1945

by Thomas Elsaesser

In German Cinema - Terror and Trauma Since 1945, Thomas Elsaesser reevaluates the meaning of the Holocaust for postwar German films and culture, while offering a reconsideration of trauma theory today. Elsaesser...


Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking

by Barbara Tepa Lupack & Michael Martin

In the early 1900s, so-called race filmmakers set out to produce black-oriented pictures to counteract the racist caricatures that had dominated cinema from its inception. Richard E. Norman, a southern-born...


The Making of The Wizard of Oz

by Aljean Harmetz & Margaret Hamilton

Released in conjunction with the 75th-anniversary DVD release of The Wizard of Oz, this book is the definitive story of how one of America’s most beloved movies was made and a marvelous, unprecedented examination...


Movie Blockbusters

by Julian Stringer

Big-budget, spectacular films designed to appeal to a mass audience: is this what - or all - blockbusters are? Movie Blockbusters brings together writings from key film scholars, including Douglas Gomery, Peter...


Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out

by Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Zizek, dubbed by the Village Voice "the giant of Ljubljana," is back with a new edition of his seriously entertaining book on film, psychoanalysis (and life). His inimitable blend of philosophical and...


Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema

by Russell J.A. Kilbourn

Since its inception, cinema has evolved into not merely a 'reflection' but an indispensable index of human experience - especially our experience of time's passage, of the present moment, and, most importantly...


Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming

by Cynthia J. Miller & A. Bowdoin Van Riper

This companion to Undead in the West (Scarecrow 2012) explores the blending of the Western genre with zombies, vampires, mummies, ghosts, and spirits in comics, graphic novels, literature, games, new media,...


Generic Histories of German Cinema: Genre and Its Deviations

by Jaimey Fisher

Over the last few decades, the field of film studies has seen a rise in approaches oriented toward genre. These genre-based studies look at thematic, narrative, and stylistic similarities between films, contextualizing...


Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice and Spectatorship: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship

by Jinhee Choi & Mattias Frey

This volume looks at the significance and range of ethical questions that pertain to various film practices. Diverse philosophical traditions provide useful frameworks to discuss spectators' affective and emotional...


Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

by Christina Rice

Possessing a unique beauty and refined acting skills, Ann Dvorak (1911--1979) found success in Hollywood at a time when many actors were still struggling to adapt to the era of talkies. Seemingly destined for...


Refocusing Chaplin: A Screen Icon through Critical Lenses

by Lawrence Howe, James E. Caron & Benjamin Click

This is a collection of scholarly essays that focuses on particular phases of Chaplin’s career through various critical lenses, in order to highlight the understated, and often overlooked, complexity of Chaplin’s...


Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

by Mark Harris

The New York Times bestseller that follows the making of five films at a pivotal time in Hollywood history

In the mid-1960s, westerns, war movies, and blockbuster musicals like Mary Poppins swept the box office....


Re-Imagining Humane Governance

by Richard Falk

In this important and path-breaking book, esteemed scholar and public intellectual Richard Falk explores how we can re-imagine the system of global governance to make it more ethical and humane.

Divided into...


A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic

by Caseen Gaines, Eugene B. Bergmann & Wil Wheaton

The definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. From Jean Shepherd’s...


The Sound of Pictures: Listening to the Movies, from Hitchcock to High Fidelity

by Andrew Ford

The Sound of Pictures is an illuminating journey through the soundtracks of more than 400 films. How do filmmakers play with sound? And how does that affect the way we watch their movies? Whether pop or classical,...


Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction

by Keith M. Johnston

A student overview of one of the most popular film genres.