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Film Rhythm after Sound

by Lea Jacobs

The seemingly effortless integration of sound, movement, and editing in films of the late 1930s stands in vivid contrast to the awkwardness of the first talkies. Film Rhythm after Sound analyzes this evolution...


Notes to Screenwriters

by Barbara Nicolosi & Vicki Peterson

Screen storytelling is an essentially collaborative process. Writers need feedback but too often the notes they receive stall them and even demoralize them. This book unpacks the whys and what-fors of all the...


Amateur Cinema

by Charles Tepperman

From the very beginning of cinema, there have been amateur filmmakers at work. It wasn?t until Kodak introduced 16mm film in 1923, however, that amateur moviemaking became a widespread reality, and by the 1950s,...


Future of Television

by Pamela Douglas

The book?s journey into the future of television begins with ?You Are Here,? delving into ?The Great Convergence? of television and Internet and the vortex of change we all inhabit now. Then, glancing back,...


The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians

by James Roots

The silent film era featured some of the most revered names of on-screen comic performance, from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, and Laurel & Hardy. Besides these giants...


Marilyn Monroe Day by Day

by Carl Rollyson

From hefty biographies and fact-based novels to photograph collections and memoirs, more books have been written about Marilyn Monroe than any other female over the past century. However, no biography—regardless...


The JFK Image

by Raluca Lucia Cimpean

One of the most popular presidents of the twentieth century, John F. Kennedy has been the subject of countless books, documentaries, and portrayals both on television and in feature films. Whether depicting...


Projecting 9/11

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

Projecting 9/11 examines sensibilities and ideologies that arose after September 11, 2001, and how these intersect with issues of race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship in contemporary mainstream films. The...


The Epic Cinema of Kumar Shahani

by Laleen Jayamanne

Laleen Jayamanne examines the major works of leading Indian film director, Kumar Shahani, and explores the reaches of modernist film aesthetics in its international form. More than an auteur study, Jayamanne...


Funnybooks

by Michael Barrier

Funnybooks is the story of the most popular American comic books of the 1940s and 1950s, those published under the Dell label. For a time, "Dell Comics Are Good Comics" was more than a slogan?it was a simple...


The Coen Brothers Encyclopedia

by Lynnea Chapman King

Joel and Ethan Coen have written and directed some of the most celebrated American films of the last thirty years. The output of their work has embraced a wide range of genres, including the neo-noirs Blood...


James Cagney Films of the 1930s

by James L. Neibaur

One of the biggest stars of the golden age of Hollywood, James Cagney appeared in more than sixty films throughout his career. In addition to starring in the classics White Heat, Mister Roberts, and One, Two,...


Place, Setting, Perspective

by Eleanor Andrews

Place, Setting, Perspective examines the films of the Italian filmmaker, Nanni Moretti, from a fresh viewpoint, employing the increasingly significant research area of space within a filmic text. The book is...


The Search for Sam Goldwyn

by Carol Easton & Carl Rollyson

Sam Goldwyn's career spanned almost the entire history of Hollywood. He made his first film, The Squaw Man, in 1913, and he died in 1974 at the age of ninety-one. In the many years between, he produced an enormous...


Gangsters and G-Men on Screen

by Gene D. Phillips

While the gangster film may have enjoyed its heyday in the 1930s and ’40s, it has remained a movie staple for almost as long as cinema has existed. From the early films of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and...


Hitchcock's Stars

by Lesley L. Coffin

Although he was a visual stylist who once referred to actors as cattle, Alfred Hitchcock also had a remarkable talent for innovative and creative casting choices. The director launched the careers of several...


How I Shot the YouTube Megahit “All by Myself” on My iPhone and Why I’m Not Lonely Anymore

by Richard Dunn

This funny guide to shooting videos on your iPhone will inspire you to use your imagination and see the world in a different way. Dunn provides a firsthand account of what it?s like go from unknown to Internet...


The Encyclopedia of Epic Films

by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito & Djoymi Baker

Soon after film came into existence, the term epic was used to describe productions that were lengthy, spectacular, live with action, and often filmed in exotic locales with large casts and staggering budgets....


Disorders of Magnitude

by Jason V. Brock

Over the past century or more, the genres of fantasy, horror, and supernatural fiction have increasingly expanded beyond literature and into an array of media—film, television, comic books, and art. Many of...


Mise-en-scène

by John Gibbs

Mise-en-scène: Film Style and Interpretation explores and elucidates constructions of this fundamental concept in thinking about film. In uncovering the history of mise-en-scène within film criticism, and...