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American History Through Hollywood Film: From the Revolution to the 1960s

by Melvyn Stokes

American History through Hollywood Film offers a new perspective on major issues in American history from the 1770s to the end of the twentieth century and explores how they have been represented in film. Melvyn...


On Screenwriting and Love and Politics: The Screenplay "Blue Mist"

by Aviva Butt

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The book On Screenwriting and Love and Politics: The Screenplay "Blue Mist," is written in an engaging literary style. It attempts to illuminate the emotions, theories, and process that go into crafting...


Opera as Soundtrack

by Jeongwon Joe

Jeongwon Joe examines the role of opera as soundtrack by exploring the distinct effects opera produces in film, and what elements set opera apart from other types of soundtrack music, such as jazz or symphony....


Human Rights Discourse in a Global Network: Books beyond Borders

by Lena Khor

Rather than viewing human rights as an immutable and ill-defined entity, Khor argues for the recognition of human rights as a social construct comprised of language and language use. Her case studies of Doctors...


Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility

by John Mercer & Martin Shingler

Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility is designed as an accessible overview of one of the most popular genres at undergraduate Film Studies. The book identifies three distinct but connected concepts through...


Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness

by Hernán|Gordon, Andrew M. Vera

Screen Saviors studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies-by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another color. This collaboration by a sociologist and...


Hip Hop on Film: Performance Culture, Urban Space, and Genre Transformation in the 1980s

by Kimberly Monteyne

Early hip hop film musicals have either been expunged from cinema history or excoriated in brief passages by critics and other writers. Hip Hop on Film reclaims and reexamines productions such as Breakin' (1984),...


The Immortal Marilyn: The Depiction of an Icon

by De John Vito & Frank Tropea

From the late 1940s to the early '60s, Marilyn Monroe appeared in barely thirty movies, beginning with bit parts and moving on into supporting roles for such films as The Asphalt Jungle, All About Eve, and Clash...


The Cinema of Robert Zemeckis

by Norman Kagan

Kagan unlocks the mind behind the making of these diverse and groundbreaking hits-appraising each work's appeal while placing it in the context of Zemeckis's career.


Deeper than Oblivion: Trauma and Memory in Israeli Cinema

by Raz Yosef & Boaz Hagin

In this collection, leading scholars in both film studies and Israeli studies show that beyond representing familiar historical accounts or striving to offer a more complete and accurate depiction of the past,...


Revolution and Rebellion in Mexican Film

by Niamh Thornton

A study of the representation of political conflict in Mexican film.


Wag the Dog: A Study on Film and Reality in the Digital Age

by Eleftheria Thanouli

Wag the Dog is a film that became a media event and a cultural icon because it inadvertently short-circuited the distance that is supposed to separate reality and fiction. The film's narration challenges the...


Dark Energy: Hitchcock's Absolute Camera and the Physics of Cinematic Spacetime

by Philip J. Skerry

Alfred Hitchcock and the cinema grew up together. Born in 1899, four years after the first 'official' film showing in Paris, Hitchcock demonstrated an early fascination with the new art of the cinema. He entered...


Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of Handmade Films

by Robert Sellers

The incredible, hilarious insider's story of Britain's favourite film company! 

It all started when Beatle George Harrison stepped in to fund Life of Brian when Monty Python's original backers pulled out. His...


The Wizard of Oz

by William Stillman & Jay Scarfone

Commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, this collectible edition delivers an interactive experience, transporting readers over the rainbow and into the Land of Oz with its host of unpublished...


The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell

From the actor who somehow lived through it all, a “sharply detailed…funny book about a cinematic comedy of errors” (The New York Times): the making of the cult film phenomenon The Room.

In 2003, an independent...


The Cinema of Me: Self and Subjectivity in First-Person Documentary Film

by Alisa Lebow

When a filmmaker makes a film with herself as a subject, she is already divided as both the subject matter of the film and the subject making the film. The two senses of the word are immediately in play – the...


Hard to Swallow: Hard-Core Pornography on Screen

by Claire Hines & Darren Kerr

Even in our increasingly sexualized culture hard-core pornography and the representation of explicit sex is still hard to swallow. This lively and provocative new collection of essays by leading scholars explores...


The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema

by Jeffrey Weinstock

This introductory volume offers an elegant analysis of the enduring appeal of the cinematic vampire. From Georges Méliès' early cinematic experiments to Twilight and Let the Right One In, the history of vampires...


Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie

by Gunnar Hansen

When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing...