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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...


Women in War Films: From Helpless Heroine to G.I. Jane

by Ralph Donald & Karen MacDonald

This companion volume to Reel Men at War takes a look at how women have been portrayed in war films, from silents of the 1920s to films of the 21st century. The authors explore the full range of women on the...


A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema

by Emilie Bickerton

Cahiers du Cinéma was the single most influential project in the history of film. Founded in 1951, it was responsible for establishing film as the ‘seventh art,’ equal to literature, painting or music,...


Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas: From Nation-building to Ecocosmopolitanism

by Pietari K¿¿p¿

Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas challenges the traditional socio-political rhetoric of national cinema by providing an ecocritical examination of Nordic cinema. The author uses a range of analytical...


1939: The Making of Six Great Films from Hollywood's Greatest Year

by Charles F. Adams

Film critics and historians are virtually unanimous in considering 1939 the greatest year in the history of motion pictures. This one year produced many of the greatest films of all time, including "Gone with...