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Twentieth Century-Fox: The Zanuck-Skouras Years, 1935-1965

by Peter Lev

When the Fox Film Corporation merged with Twentieth Century Pictures in 1935, the company posed little threat to industry juggernauts such as Paramount and MGM. In the years that followed however, guided by...


The American Jewish Story Through Cinema

by Eric A. Goldman

Like the haggadah, the traditional "telling" of the story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt that is read at the Passover seder, cinema offers a valuable text from which to gain an understanding of the social,...


Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s

by Alisa Perren

During the 1990s, films such as sex, lies, and videotape, The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Shakespeare in Love earned substantial sums at the box office along with extensive critical acclaim....


The Fictional Christopher Nolan

by Todd McGowan

From Memento and Insomnia to the Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception, lies play a central role in every Christopher Nolan film. Characters in the films constantly find themselves deceived by others and...


American Film Cycles: Reframing Genres, Screening Social Problems, and Defining Subcultures

by Amanda Ann Klein

A series of movies that share images, characters, settings, plots, or themes, film cycles have been an industrial strategy since the beginning of cinema. While some have viewed them as "subgenres," mini-genres,...


The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television

by Tricia Jenkins

What's your impression of the CIA? A bumbling agency that can't protect its own spies? A rogue organization prone to covert operations and assassinations? Or a dedicated public service that advances the interests...


Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood

by Andrew A. Erish

All histories of Hollywood are wrong. Why? Two words: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the foundation for the movie industry that we know today. Active from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig was responsible...


Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic Developments in the Muslim World

by Karin van Nieuwkerk

From "green" pop and "clean" cinema to halal songs, Islamic soaps, Muslim rap, Islamist fantasy serials, and Suficized music, the performing arts have become popular and potent avenues for Islamic piety movements,...


Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assassination Film in Visual Culture

by Øyvind Vågnes

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaches, the traumatic aspects of the tragedy continue to haunt our perceptions of the 1960s. One reason for this lies in the home movie of the incident...


Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes

by Adilifu Nama

Super Black places the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture, which reveals how black superheroes are not disposable pop products,...


Censorship and Sexuality in Bombay Cinema

by Monika Mehta

India produces an impressive number of films each year in a variety of languages. Here, Monika Mehta breaks new ground by analyzing Hindi films and exploring the censorship of gender and heterosexuality in Bombay...


Horror After 9/11: World of Fear, Cinema of Terror

by Aviva Briefel & Sam J. Miller

Horror films have exploded in popularity since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many of them breaking box-office records and generating broad public discourse. These films have attracted A-list talent...


Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, de Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin

by David Greven

Bridging landmark territory in film studies, Psycho-Sexual is the first book to apply Alfred Hitchcock's legacy to three key directors of 1970s Hollywood-Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese, and William Friedkin-whose...


Hollywood Incoherent: Narration in Seventies Cinema

by Todd Berliner

In the 1970s, Hollywood experienced a creative surge, opening a new era in American cinema with films that challenged traditional modes of storytelling. Inspired by European and Asian art cinema as well as Hollywood's...


Glasnost-Soviet Cinema Responds

by Nicholas Galichenko & Robert Allington

With the coming of glasnost to the Soviet Union, filmmakers began to explore previously forbidden themes, and distributors released films that were suppressed by pre-glasnost-era censors. Soviet cinema underwent...


Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983

by Charles Ramírez Berg

La crisis, a period of political and economic turmoil in Mexico that began in the late 1960s, spawned a new era in Mexican cinema. Known as el Nuevo Cine (the New Cinema), these films presented alienated characters...


Cinema and Social Change in Latin America: Conversations with Filmmakers

by Julianne Burton

Since the late 1960s, films from Latin America have won widening audiences in North America and Europe. Until now, no single book has offered an introduction to the diverse personalities and practices that make...


National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987

by Sumita S. Chakravarty

Although Indian popular cinema has a long history and is familiar to audiences around the world, it has rarely been systematically studied. This book offers the first detailed account of the popular film as...


Gender and Society in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

by David William Foster

"Gender is an absolute ground zero for most human societies," writes David William Foster, "an absolute horizon of social subjectivity." In this book, he examines gender issues in thirteen Brazilian films made...


Screen Couple Chemistry: The Power of 2

by Martha P. Nochimson

Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn. Just the mention of their names evokes the powerful chemistry between these screen couples, which utterly transcended the often formulaic films in which they appeared together....