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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),...


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,...


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...


Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic

by Lucas Hilderbrand

A Queer Film Classic on the stunning 1991 documentary about New York's drag subculture in the 1980s.


The Philosophy of Tim Burton

by Jennifer L. McMahon

Director and producer Tim Burton impresses audiences with stunning visuals, sinister fantasy worlds, and characters whose personalities are strange and yet familiar. Drawing inspiration from sources as varied...


Hitchcock's Partner in Suspense: The Life of Screenwriter Charles Bennett

by Charles Bennett & John Charles Bennett

With a career that spanned from the silent era to the 1990s, British screenwriter Charles Bennett (1899--1995) lived an extraordinary life. His experiences as an actor, director, playwright, film and television...


The Philosophy of Michael Mann

by Steven Sanders, Aeon J. Skoble & R. Barton Palmer

Known for restoring vitality and superior craftsmanship to the crime thriller, American filmmaker Michael Mann has long been regarded as a talented triple threat capable of moving effortlessly between television...


Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of Action

by Ira Jaffe

“In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility,” Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as...


Conversations with Scorsese

by Richard Schickel

Now with a new afterword: the history and process of moviemaking in general, and of Martin Scorsese's brilliant and varied films in particular, through the words and wit of the master director.

With Richard Schickel...


The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur

by Chris Holmlund

Sylvester Stallone has been a defining part of American film for nearly four decades. He has made an impact on world entertainment in a surprisingly diverse range of capacities – as actor, writer, producer,...


Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium

by Michael Z. Newman

Since the days of early television, video has been an indispensable part of culture, society, and moving-image media industries. Over the decades, it has been an avant-garde artistic medium, a high-tech consumer...


Scarlett's Women: 'Gone With the Wind' and its Female Fans

by Helen Taylor

One of the most successful books ever published and the basis of one of the most popular and highly praised Hollywood films of all time, Gone With the Wind has entered world culture in a way that few other stories...


Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

by Robert Sitton

Iris Barry (1895–1969) was one of the first critics to recognize film as an art form. The mother of film preservation internationally, she founded the film department at New York City's Museum of Modern Art...