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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...


Pervasive 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.


Screening Difference: How Hollywood's Blockbuster Films Imagine Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

by Van Jaap Ginneken

Did you know that Pocahontas probably never fell in love with John Smith, as film versions pretend? That the myth of the sexually eager Hula girls is based on misunderstandings by early explorers? Screening...


Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen

by Mary P. Nichols

In this pathbreaking new book, Mary P. Nichols challenges this, arguing that Allen's work, from Play It Again, Sam to Deconstructing Harry, is actually an attempt to explore and reconcile the tension between...


The Best of Universal

by Tony Thomas

The fascinating story of Universal Studios from its beginning in 1912 to the present day.


The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster

by Constantine Santas

Constantine Santas encourages us to wonder why critics have routinely dismissed the epic film. In The Epic in Film, Santas argues that 'blockbuster' and 'artistic' are not mutually exclusive terms and that epic...


Black Lenses, Black Voices: African American Film Now

by Mark A. Reid

Black Lenses, Black Voices is a provocative look at films directed and written-and sometimes produced-by African Americans, as well as black-oriented films whose directors and or screenwriters are not black....


A Sense-of-Wonderful Century: Explorations of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films

by Gary Westfahl

This book gathers together many of the illuminating essays on science fiction and fantasy film penned by a major critic in the SF field. The pieces are roughly organized in the chronological order of when the...


Zachary Scott: Hollywood's Sophisticated Cad

by Ronald L. Davis

Throughout the 1940s, Zachary Scott (1914-1965) was the model for sophisticated, debonair villains in American film. His best-known roles include a mysterious criminal in The Mask of Dimitrios and the indolent...


The Cinema of Cruelty: From Bunauel to Hitchcock

by Andre Bazin & FranCois Truffaut

Perhaps the single most important voice of cinema in the twentieth century, André Bazin profoundly influenced the development of the scholarship that we know now as film criticism. Bazin has acutely analyzed...


Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema

by Gary G. Xu

Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a comprehensive study of Chinese-language films at the turn of the millennium. Emphasizing the transnational nature of contemporary Chinese cinema, it provides close...


The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry

by Anthony Slide

Now in Paperback! A unique reference work, a 'what's what' of the history of filmmaking not only in Hollywood but throughout the United States. More than 750 entries document the history of studios, production...


Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back

by Harvey O'Brien

Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back is a study of action cinema, exploring the ethics and aesthetics of the genre with reference to its relatively short history. It moves from seminal classics like Bullitt...