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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...


Blade Runner

by Matt Hills

More than just a box office flop that resurrected itself in the midnight movie circuit, Blade Runner (1982) achieved extraordinary cult status through video, laserdisc, and a five-disc DVD collector's set. Blade...


Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg

by Andrew M. Gordon

Empire of Dreams is the first definitive look at all of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror films directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the most popular and influential contemporary filmmakers. Spielberg...


Film Studies the Basics (2nd Edition)

by Amy Villarejo

Film Studies: The Basics is a compelling guide to the study of cinema in all its forms. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of recent scholarship, the latest developments...


The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography

by Stuart, IV Galbraith

Since its inception in 1933, Toho Co., Ltd., Japan's most famous movie production company and distributor, has produced and/or distributed some of the most notable films ever to come out of Asia, including Seven...


Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood: Rebels, Reds, and Graduates and the Wild Stories Behind theMaking of 13 IconicFilms

by Graydon Carter

The stories behind the stories of some of Hollywood's most iconic movies

The magazine world 's monthly arbiter of culture, personality, and world affairs, Vanity Fair has always offered the definitive insider's...