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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...


Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema

by Lilya Kaganovsky & Masha Salazkina

This innovative volume challenges the ways we look at both cinema and cultural history by shifting the focus from the centrality of the visual and the literary toward the recognition of acoustic culture as formative...


Past for the Eyes

by Oksana Sarkisova, Péter Apor, Gabriela Cristea & Nevena Daković et al.

How do museums and cinema shape the image of the Communist past in today’s Central and Eastern Europe? This volume is the first systematic analysis of how visual techniques are used to understand and put into...


Nationalist African Cinema: Legacy and Transformations

by Sada Niang

Nationalist African Cinema: Legacy and Transformations reexamines African cinema of the nationalist era within the context of contemporary major Euro-American film trends. It argues that the aesthetic diversification...


Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts

by Alastair Phillips & Julian Stringer

Japanese Cinema includes twenty-four chapters on key films of Japanese cinema, from the silent era to the present day, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese cinema history and Japanese culture...


Lee J. Cobb: Characters of an Actor

by Donald Dewey

This is the first biography of Lee J. Cobb, the actor who originated the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. This biography follows the actor from his roots in Brooklyn, New York to...


Coming Attractions: Reading American Movie Trailers

by Lisa Kernan

Movie trailers-those previews of coming attractions before the start of a feature film-are routinely praised and reviled by moviegoers and film critics alike: "They give away too much of the movie." "They're...


Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction

by Andrew Horton

From a hotel in Marrakech in The Man Who Knew Too Much, to small-town Alabama in To Kill a Mockingbird, to Mission Control in Space Cowboys, creating a fictional, yet wholly believable world in which to film...


Screening the Gothic

by Lisa Hopkins

Filmmakers have long been drawn to the Gothic with its eerie settings and promise of horror lurking beneath the surface. Moreover, the Gothic allows filmmakers to hold a mirror up to their own age and reveal...


Realer Than Reel: Global Directions in Documentary

by David Hogarth

Television and globalization have transformed the traditional documentary almost beyond recognition, converting what was once a film genre devoted to public service and education into a popular televisual commodity...


Understanding Indian Movies: Culture, Cognition, and Cinematic Imagination

by Patrick Colm Hogan

Indian movies are among the most popular in the world. However, despite increased availability and study, these films remain misunderstood and underappreciated in much of the English-speaking world, in part...


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....