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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...


Westerns Essential Collection: The Essential 'Journal of Popular Film and Television' Collection

by Gary R. Edgerton

For nearly two centuries, Americans have embraced the Western like no other artistic genre. Creators and consumers alike have utilized this story form in literature, painting, film, radio and television to explore...


Violence and American Cinema

by J. David Slocum

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Writing History in Film

by William Guynn

Historical film has been an important genre since the earliest silent films. The French Revolution, the American Civil War, the conquest of the New World, World War II--all have been repeatedly represented in...


Maureen O'Hara: The Biography

by Aubrey Malone

From her first appearances on the stage and screen, Maureen O'Hara (b. 1920) commanded attention with her striking beauty, radiant red hair, and impassioned portrayals of spirited heroines. Whether she was being...


The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940

by James L. Neibaur

In The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940, James L. Neibaur examines, film-by-film, the comedian's 79 short subjects at Roach and Columbia studios. The first book to examine any portion of Chase’s filmography,...


The Art and Politics of Bolivian Cinema

by José|Ruiz, Jorge Sànchez-H.

In Bolivia, politics have always shaped art, particularly when it comes to film. This book presents Bolivia's most significant filmmakers largely in their own words.


Death at the Movies: Hollywood's Guide to the Hereafter

by Tom and Lyn Genelli

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Resurrection (1980), Poltergeist (1982), Beetlejuice (1988), Ghost (1990), Groundhog Day (1993), The Sixth Sense (1999) — these are only a few of the influential movies in recent...


Gloria Swanson

by Stephen Michael Shearer & Jeanine Basinger

Gloria Swanson defined what it meant to be a movie star, but her unforgettable role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. Now Stephen Michael Shearer sets the record straight in the...


Schlock Value: Hollywood at Its Worst

by Richard Roeper

A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies. Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat...


Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian

by Michael Witt

Originally released as a videographic experiment in film history, Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma has been widely hailed as a landmark in how we think about and narrate cinema history, and in how history...


Hooked in Film: Substance Abuse on the Big Screen

by John Markert

In Hooked in Film, John Markert takes a close look at the correlation between social policies and the public view of drugs and their portrayals in film. In this volume, Markert examines the changing social attitudes...


The Devil Finds Work

by James Baldwin

James Baldwin At The Movies...  Provocative, timeless, brilliant.

Bette Davis's eyes, Joan Crawford's bitchy elegance, Stepin Fetchit's stereotype, Sidney Poitier's superhuman black man...  These are the...


The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen

by Michael McKenna

This book looks at the cultural impact of the ABC Movie of the Week, the first weekly movies series made for television, which began in 1969 and ran for six years. Films that debuted on the program include Brian’s...


Animation

by Suzanne Buchan

This new addition to the AFI Film Readers series brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation...


On Film

by Stephen Mulhall

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.