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Historical Dictionary of American Cinema

by M. Keith Booker

One of the most powerful forces in world culture, American cinema has a long and complex history that stretches through more than a century. This history not only includes a legacy of hundreds of important films...


by Christina Rice

By the early 1950s, Jane Russell (1921--2011) should have been forgotten. Her career was launched on what is arguably the most notorious advertising campaign in cinema history, which invited filmgoers to see...


by Andrew A. Erish

In Vitagraph, Andrew A. Erish provides the first comprehensive examination and reassessment of the company most responsible for defining and popularizing the American movie. This history challenges long-accepted...

Chinese Film Classics, 1922–1949

by Christopher G. Rea

Chinese Film Classics, 1922–1949 is an essential guide to the first golden age of Chinese cinema. Offering detailed introductions to fourteen films, this study highlights the creative achievements of Chinese...

Dream State

by Mick LaSalle

An eminent film writer looks behind the curtain of the California dream

It hardly needs to be argued: nothing has contributed more to the mythology of California than the movies. Fed by the film industry, the...

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy

Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex, the southwestern English county immortalized by Hardy. After the family learns of their connection...

The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

First published in 1850, “The Scarlet Letter” is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. Its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in...

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s tale of a boy’s picaresque journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work has done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken...

The Odyssey

by Homer

Odysseus has been away from Ithaca, the Greek city-state under his rule, for ten years while fighting in the Trojan War. After the fall of Troy, Odysseus begins the long journey home to his wife and son; however,...

Soviet Science Fiction Cinema and the Space Age

by Natalija Majsova

This book interrogates the relations between nostalgias of today and past utopias in the context of the space age of the 20th century and its cinematic representations in the USSR and in post-Soviet Russia....

The Seventies

by Vincent LoBrutto

A fascinating year-by-year history of American film in the seventies, a decade filled with innovations that reinvented the medium and showed that movies can be more than entertainment.

In The Seventies: The...

From Mae to Madonna

by June Sochen

Entertainers were the first group of successful women to capture the public eye, taking to the stage in vaudeville and film and redefining their place in society. June Sochen introduces the white, African American,...

Material Media-Making in the Digital Age

by Daniel Binns

There is now no shortage of media for us to consume, from streaming services and video-on-demand to social media and everything else besides. This has changed the way media scholars think about the production...

A Companion to Documentary Film History

by Joshua Malitsky

This volume offers a new and expanded history of the documentary form across a range of times and contexts, featuring original essays by leading historians in the field

In a contemporary media culture suffused...

Film Genres in Hungarian and Romanian Cinema

by Andrea Virginás

Film Genres in Hungarian and Romanian Cinema: History, Theory, and Reception discusses how the Hungarian and Romanian film industries show signs of becoming a regional hub within the Eastern European canon,...

Mexican Genders, Mexican Genres

by Paul Julian Smith

This book focusses on gender and the audio-visual landscape of Mexico since 2010, examining popular culture as expressed in the still distinct but rapidly converging media forms of cinema, television, and streaming...

Mexican Genders, Mexican Genres

by Paul Julian Smith

This book focusses on gender and the audio-visual landscape of Mexico since 2010, examining popular culture as expressed in the still distinct but rapidly converging media forms of cinema, television, and streaming...

East German Film and the Holocaust

by Elizabeth Ward

East Germany’s ruling party never officially acknowledged responsibility for the crimes committed in Germany’s name during the Third Reich. Instead, it cast communists as both victims of and victors over...

Directing Actors - 25th Anniversary Edition

by Judith Weston

Collaborating with actors is, for many filmmakers, the last frontier?the scariest part and the part they long for?the human part, the place where connection happens. Directing Actors: 25th Anniversary Edition...

Doña Bárbara Unleashed

by Jenni M. Lehtinen

Since its publication in 1929, the story of Doña Bárbara has haunted the collective Latin-American imagination, and has been adapted variously both for the small and big screen. Doña Bárbara Unleashed explores...