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Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow: Color Design in the 1930s

by Scott Higgins

Like Dorothy waking up over the rainbow in the Land of Oz, Hollywood discovered a vivid new world of color in the 1930s. The introduction of three-color Technicolor technology in 1932 gave filmmakers a powerful...


Ethnographic Film: Revised Edition

by Karl G. Heider

Even before Robert Flaherty released Nanook of the North in 1922, anthropologists were producing films about the lifeways of native peoples for a public audience, as well as for research and teaching. Ethnographic...


Woman with a Movie Camera: My Life as a Russian Filmmaker

by Marina Goldovskaya, Antonina W. Bouis & Robert Rosen

Marina Goldovskaya is one of Russia's best-known documentary filmmakers. The first woman in Russia (and possibly the world) to combine being a director, writer, cinematographer, and producer, Goldovskaya has...


Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film

by Adilifu Nama

Science fiction film offers its viewers many pleasures, not least of which is the possibility of imagining other worlds in which very different forms of society exist. Not surprisingly, however, these alternative...


From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture

by Myra Mendible

From the exuberant excesses of Carmen Miranda in the "tutti frutti hat" to the curvaceous posterior of Jennifer Lopez, the Latina body has long been a signifier of Latina/o identity in U.S. popular culture....


Framing Female Lawyers: Women on Trial in Film

by Cynthia Lucia

As real women increasingly entered the professions from the 1970s onward, their cinematic counterparts followed suit. Women lawyers, in particular, were the protagonists of many Hollywood films of the Reagan-Bush...


Edna Ferber's Hollywood: American Fictions of Gender, Race, and History

by J. E. Smyth & Thomas Schatz

Edna Ferber's Hollywood reveals one of the most influential artistic relationships of the twentieth century-the four-decade partnership between historical novelist Edna Ferber and the Hollywood studios. Ferber...


Youth Culture in Global Cinema

by Timothy Shary & Alexandra Seibel

Coming of age is a pivotal experience for everyone. So it is no surprise that filmmakers around the globe explore the experiences of growing up in their work. From blockbuster U.S. movies such as the Harry Potter...


Evil Arabs in American Popular Film: Orientalist Fear

by Tim Jon Semmerling

The "evil" Arab has become a stock character in American popular films, playing the villain opposite American "good guys" who fight for "the American way." It's not surprising that this stereotype has entered...


Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies

by Stephen Prince

More than any other filmmaker, Sam Peckinpah opened the door for graphic violence in movies. In this book, Stephen Prince explains the rise of explicit violence in the American cinema, its social effects, and...


Constructing the Image of the Mexican Revolution: Cinema and the Archive

by Zuzana M. Pick

With a cast ranging from Pancho Villa to Dolores del Río and Tina Modotti, Constructing the Image of the Mexican Revolution demonstrates the crucial role played by Mexican and foreign visual artists in revolutionizing...


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....