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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 Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling

Orphaned as a baby, human-boy Mowgli is adopted by wolves, befriended by Baloo the bear, and educated in the wonders and dangers of the Indian jungle. But the adventures of The Jungle Book don't end with the...

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...

The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion

by Jason Bailey

A complete look at the extensive, ageless, unparalleled filmography of Woody Allen. Writer, actor, director, comedian, author, and musician, Woody Allen is one of the most culturally and cinematically influential...

Film Worlds

by Daniel Yacavone

Film Worlds unpacks the significance of the "worlds" that narrative films create, offering an innovative perspective on cinema as art. Drawing on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in both the continental...

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...

Maya Deren

by Sarah Keller

Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel...

The Cinema of Ang Lee

by Whitney Crothers Dilley

Born in Taiwan, Ang Lee is one of cinema's most versatile and daring directors. His ability to cut across cultural, national, and sexual boundaries has given him recognition in all corners of the world, the...

On Slowness

by Lutz Koepnick

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes we understand...

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

Even the average film fan is familiar with only a handful of silent cinema’s greatest stars, like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel & Hardy. This book ranks the top 100 silent film stars based on...

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...


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 Cinema of Clint Eastwood

by David Sterritt

He became a movie star playing The Man With No Name, and today his name is known around the world. Measured by longevity, productivity, and profits, Clint Eastwood is the most successful actor-director-producer...

The Coen Brothers Encyclopedia

by Lynnea Chapman King

Since their first feature film, Ethan and Joel Coen have developed a devoted following, first as cult filmmakers and ultimately, as mainstream artists who have been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards and...

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,...