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Sound Design and Science Fiction

by William Whittington

Sound is half the picture, and since the 1960s, film sound not only has rivaled the innovative imagery of contemporary Hollywood cinema, but in some ways has surpassed it in status and privilege because of the...


Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex

by David Welling & Jack Valenti

Cinema Houston celebrates a vibrant century of movie theatres and moviegoing in Texas's largest city. Illustrated with more than two hundred historical photographs, newspaper clippings, and advertisements, it...


Mouse Morality: The Rhetoric of Disney Animated Film

by Annalee R. Ward & Clifford Christians

Kids around the world love Disney animated films, and many of their parents trust the Disney corporation to provide wholesome, moral entertainment for their children. Yet frequent protests and even boycotts...


Dames in the Driver's Seat: Rereading Film Noir

by Jans B. Wager

With its focus on dangerous, determined femmes fatales, hardboiled detectives, and crimes that almost-but-never-quite succeed, film noir has long been popular with moviegoers and film critics alike. Film noir...


Spanish Film Under Franco

by Virginia Higginbotham

How does a totalitarian government influence the arts, and how do the arts respond? Spanish Film Under Franco raises these important questions, giving English speakers a starting point in their study of Spanish...


Technophobia!: Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology

by Daniel Dinello

Techno-heaven or techno-hell? If you believe many scientists working in the emerging fields of twenty-first-century technology, the future is blissfully bright. Initially, human bodies will be perfected through...


James M. Cain and the American Authors' Authority

by Richard Fine

The 1940s offered ever-increasing outlets for writers in book publishing, magazines, radio, film, and the nascent television industry, but the standard rights arrangements often prevented writers from collecting...


Hollywood Exile, or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist

by Bernard Gordon

The Hollywood blacklist, which began in the late 1940s and ran well into the 1960s, ended or curtailed the careers of hundreds of people accused of having ties to the Communist Party. Bernard Gordon was one...


Blossoms and Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

by Jason Sperb

From his film festival debut Hard Eight to ambitious studio epics Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's unique cinematic vision focuses on postmodern excess and media culture....


James Dean Transfigured: The Many Faces of Rebel Iconography

by Claudia Springer

After the death of James Dean in 1955, the figure of the teen rebel permeated the globe, and its presence is still felt in the twenty-first century. Rebel iconography-which does not have to resemble James Dean...


Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture

by Chris Robé

In the 1930s as the capitalist system faltered, many in the United States turned to the political Left. Hollywood, so deeply embedded in capitalism, was not immune to this shift. Left of Hollywood offers the...


Disney's Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence, and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South

by Jason Sperb

The Walt Disney Company offers a vast universe of movies, television shows, theme parks, and merchandise, all carefully crafted to present an image of wholesome family entertainment. Yet Disney also produced...


Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics

by Cynthia Tompkins

While there are numerous film studies that focus on one particular grouping of films-by nationality, by era, or by technique-here is the first single volume that incorporates all of the above, offering a broad...


David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire

by Martha P. Nochimson

Beginning with Lost Highway, director David Lynch "swerved" in a new direction, one in which very disorienting images of the physical world take center stage in his films. Seeking to understand this unusual...


Another Steven Soderbergh Experience: Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood

by Mark Gallagher

How do we determine authorship in film, and what happens when we look in-depth at the creative activity of living filmmakers rather than approach their work through the abstract prism of auteur theory? Mark...


Theorizing Art Cinemas: Foreign, Cult, Avant-Garde, and Beyond

by David Andrews

The term "art cinema" has been applied to many cinematic projects, including the film d'art movement, the postwar avant-gardes, various Asian new waves, the New Hollywood, and American indie films, but until...


John Wayne's World: Transnational Masculinity in the Fifties

by Russell Meeuf

In a film career that spanned five decades, John Wayne became a U.S. icon of heroic individualism and rugged masculinity. His widespread popularity, however, was not limited to the United States: he was beloved...


Film Genre Reader IV

by Barry Keith Grant

From reviews of the third edition:"Film Genre Reader III lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessors, providing an accessible and relatively comprehensive look at genre studies. The anthology's...


Dream West: Politics and Religion in Cowboy Movies

by Douglas Brode

While political liberals celebrated the end of "cowboy politics" with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, political conservatives in the Tea Party and other like-minded groups still vociferously...


Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion

by Miri Talmon & Yaron Peleg

With top billing at many film forums around the world, as well as a string of prestigious prizes, including consecutive nominations for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Israeli films have become one of the most...