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New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves

by Darcy Paquet

New Korean Cinema charts the dramatic transformation of South Korea's film industry from the democratization movement of the late 1980s to the 2000s new generation of directors. The author considers such issues...


The Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The Totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of America's Film and TV Idols

by James Robert Parish

Savor the inside scoop on over-the-top superstars

"I'm not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. . . . I'm a billionaire!"

"Acting is an empty and useless profession."

"Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere...


A Spectrum Unseen: Invisible Men, Women, and Creatures in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Chad Arment

16 stories are collected that explore the scope of invisibility in classic science fiction and fantasy. Stories range from the humorous to the horrific, with explanations for invisibility ranging from a variety...


Michael Haneke

by Peter Brunette

In this book, Peter Brunette analyzes the theatrical releases of Austrian film director Michael Haneke, including The White Ribbon, winner of the 2009 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Perhaps best known...


Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology

by Douglas Brode & Leah Deyneka

In 1977, Star Wars blazed across the screen to become one of the highest grossing and most beloved movies of all time. In Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology, Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka have...


Von Sternberg

by John Baxter

Belligerent and evasive, Josef von Sternberg chose to ignore his illegitimate birth in Austria, deprived New York childhood, abusive father, and lack of education. The director who strutted onto the set in a...


Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality

by Neal Gabler

"A thoughtful, in places chilling, account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life." --The New York Times Book Review

From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author...


Projecting 9/11: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Recent Hollywood Films

by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo & Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo

Projecting 9/11 looks at how the themes of race, gender, and citizenship are treated in more than 20 recent movies. The book highlights racial and gender stereotypes and shows how characters are portrayed as...


South Park FAQ: All That's Left to Know About The Who, What, Where, When and #%$ of America's Favorite Mountain Town

Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...


Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

by Ruth Barton

Noted for his charisma, talent, and striking good looks, director Rex Ingram (1893−1950) is ranked alongside D. W. Griffith, Marshall Neilan, and Erich von Stroheim as one of the greatest artists of the silent...


Redefining Adaptation Studies

by Raw Cutchins

Transcending the literature/film paradigm of typical film adaptation courses, these essays focus on the idea of 'adaptation' and what it means in different socio-political contexts. This volume not only suggests...


Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema

by Terri Ginsberg

The Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema covers the production and exhibition of cinema in the Middle East and in other communities whose heritage is from the region and whose films commonly reflect...


Adaptation, Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic

by Márta Minier & Maddalena Pennacchia

Beginning with the premise that the biopic is a form of adaptation and an example of intermediality, this collection examines the multiplicity of 'source texts' and the concurrent issues of celebrity, fidelity...


Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design

by Jan-Christopher Horak

Iconic graphic designer and Academy Award--winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920--1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. His title sequences for films such as Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)...


A Mickey Mouse Reader

by Garry Apgar

The first anthology to chart the Disney character's ascent to the rank of global icon


Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality

by William Irwin & Mark D. White

The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010

On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting...


Soul Searching: Black-Themed Cinema from the March on Washington to the Rise of Blaxploitation

by Christopher Sieving

An engrossing look at black-themed films in pre-blaxploitation Hollywood


Hollywood Hoofbeats: The Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television

by Petrine Day Mitchum & Audrey Pavia

The horses that captured the moviegoers’ hearts are the common denominator in Hollywood Hoofbeats. As author Petrine Day Mitchum writes, “the movies as we know them would be vastly different without horses....


After the Silents: Hollywood Film Music in the Early Sound Era, 1926-1934

by Michael Slowik

Many believe Max Steiner’s score for King Kong (1933) was the first important attempt at integrating background music into sound film, but a closer look at the industry’s early sound era (1926–1934) reveals...