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Film Form: Essays in Film Theory

by Sergei Eisenstein

Twelve essays written between 1928 and 1945 that demonstrate key points in the development of Eisenstein’s film theory and in particular his analysis of the sound-film medium. Edited, translated, and with...


Witch Hunt in Hollywood: McCarthyism's War On Tinseltown

by Michael Freedland

This is the story of how the politicians took Tinseltown to task in the late 1940s and 1950s. As the Cold War with the Soviet Union began in earnest, the search for 'Reds under the bed', later led by Senator...


Watching Them Be

by James Harvey

An intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the mysteries of “star presence” in cinema

“One does not go to see them act,” James Baldwin wrote about the great iconic movie stars, “one goes to watch...


The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars

by Peter Kramer

On December 8, 1967 Time magazine put Bonnie and Clyde on its cover and announced, "The New Cinema: Violence … Sex … Art." The following decade has long been celebrated as a golden age in American film history....


Landscape and Memory in Post-Fascist Italian Film: Cinema Year Zero

by Giuliana Minghelli

This study argues that neorealism's visual genius is inseparable from its almost invisible relation to the Fascist past: a connection inscribed in cinematic landscapes. While largely a silent narrative, neorealism's...


The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities

by Randall Halle

An original and exciting examination of boundary-crossing spaces in European cinema


Hollywood Puzzle Films

by Warren Buckland

From Inception to The Lake House, moviegoers are increasingly flocking to narratologically complex puzzle films. These puzzle movies borrow techniques-like fragmented spatio-temporal reality, time loops, unstable...


The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Sixth Edition

by David Thomson

For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island...


Brazilian National Cinema

by Lisa Shaw & Stephanie Dennison

Brazilian cinema is one of the most influential national cinemas in Latin America and this wide-ranging study traces the evolution of Brazilian film from the silent era to the present day, including detailed...


The Cinema of Agnès Varda: Resistance and Eclecticism

by Delphine Benezet

Agnès Varda, a pioneer of the French New Wave, has been making radical films for over half a century. Many of these are considered by scholars, filmmakers, and audiences alike, as audacious, seminal, and unforgettable....


The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America, Second Edition

by Hannah Patterson

With 2005's acclaimed and controversial The New World, one of cinema's most enigmatic filmmakers returned to the screen with only his fourth feature film in a career spanning thirty years. While Terrence Malick's...


Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music

by Peter Wegele

This biography of Steiner provides insight into how the film music industry worked and functioned during the Golden era of film scores. The central part of this work is an analysis of Steiner’s score to Casablanca...


The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams

by Patricia Brace & Robert Arp

American auteur Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams's genius for creating densely plotted scripts has won him broad commercial and critical success in TV shows such as Felicity (1998--2002), Emmy-nominated Alias (2001--2006),...


Portuguese Film, 1930-1960,: The Staging of the New State Regime

by Patricia Vieira

Portuguese Film, 1930-1960: The Staging of the New State Regime provides groundbreaking analysis of Portuguese feature films produced in the first three decades of the New State (Estado Novo), a right-wing totalitarian...


Musicals on the Silver Screen

by Leonard Kniffel

Musicals adapted to the big screen—from West Side Story to The Phantom of the Opera—have enjoyed a staggering amount of success since the 1940s, and this guide is especially tailored to library patrons...


Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures

by Mark Fisher

Collected essays on popular culture by a major critic.


The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth

by Kirsten Moana Thompson

Werner Herzog is renowned for pushing the boundaries of conventional cinema, especially those between the fictional and the factual, the fantastic and the real. The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy...


A Companion to Jean-Luc Godard

by Tom Conley & T. Jefferson Kline

This compendium of original essays offers invaluable insights into the life and works of one of the most important and influential directors in the history of cinema, exploring his major films, philosophy, politics,...


International Politics and Film: Space, Vision, Power

by Sean Carter

International Politics and Film introduces readers to the representational qualities of film but also draws attention to how the relationship between the visual and the spatial is constitutive of international...


The Heist Film: Stealing With Style

by Daryl Lee

A concise introduction to the genre about that one last big score, The Heist Film: Stealing With Style traces this crime thriller’s development as both a dramatic and comic vehicle growing out of film noir...