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Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema

by Daniel Yacavone Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

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...


Film in Five Seconds

by H-57 Quercus (October 07, 2014)

In today's jet-fueled, caffeine-charged, celebrity-a-minute world, who actually has the time to watch a film from start to finish? Let's face it, life's too short. Now, Film in Five Seconds lets you fast-forward...


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

by Michael Slowik Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

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...


The Film Appreciation Book

by Jim Piper Allworth (November 18, 2014)

This is a book for cinephiles, pure and simple. Author and filmmaker, Jim Piper, shares his vast knowledge of film and analyzes the most striking components of the best movies ever made. From directing to cinematography,...


Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

by C. Scott Combs Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

While cinema is a medium with a unique ability to “watch life” and “write movement,” it is equally singular in its portrayal of death. The first study to unpack American cinema’s long history of representing...


The Age of Dreaming

by Nina Revoyr Akashic Books (April 01, 2008)

Nina Revoyr's long-awaited follow-up to the smash hit and award-winning Southland.


Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium

by Michael Z. Newman Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

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...


Possibility: Essays Against Despair

by Patricia Vigderman Sarabande Books (March 29, 2013)

Possibility translates life's disordered events into the orderly happiness of art. Subjects include manatees, Henry Adams, Texas, Proust, and Vertigo.


Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002-2012

by Geoffrey O'Brien Counterpoint (June 01, 2013)

“We watch what is moving fast from a platform that is also moving fast,” writes Geoffrey O’Brien in the beginning of Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows. This collection—gathering the best of a decade’s...


Castaways of the Image Planet: Movies, Show Business, Public Spectacle

by Geoffrey O'Brien Counterpoint (June 01, 2013)

One of our best cultural critics here collects sixteen years' worth of essays on film and popular culture. Topics range from the invention of cinema to contemporary F-X aesthetics, from Shakespeare on film to...


Seduced by Mrs. Robinson

by Beverly Gray Algonquin Books (November 07, 2017)

*An Amazon Best Book of the Month*

“[Gray] writes smartly and insightfully . . . The book as a whole offers a fascinating look at how this movie tells a timeless story.” —The Washington Post

Mrs. Robinson,...


Films from the Future

by Andrew Maynard Mango (November 15, 2018)

Learn how movies reveal the future of technology

Fans of The Science of InterstellarThe Second Machine Age, and Physics of the Future will love the Films from the Future.

Science, technology, and society:...


Best. Movie. Year. Ever.

by Brian Raftery Simon & Schuster (April 16, 2019)

From a veteran culture writer and modern movie expert, a celebration and analysis of the movies of 1999—arguably the most groundbreaking year in American cinematic history.

In 1999, Hollywood as we know it...


The Anthem Handbook of Screen Theory

by Hunter Vaughan & Tom Conley Anthem Press (July 30, 2018)

‘The Anthem Handbook of Screen Theory’ offers a unique and progressive survey of screen theory and how it can be applied to a range of moving-image texts and sociocultural contexts. Focusing on the ‘handbook’...


Religion and Technology into the Future

by Sam Gill Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

Religion and Technology into the Future: From Adam to Tomorrow’s Eve examines the broad significance of the current trends and accomplishments in technology (AI/robots) against the long history of the human...


Early Cinema in Asia

by Nick Deocampo Indiana University Press (September 19, 2017)

Early Cinema in Asia explores how cinema became a popular medium in the world’s largest and most diverse continent. Beginning with the end of Asia’s colonial period in the 19th century, contributors to this...


Scaled for Success

by Philip Hayward John Libbey Publishing (July 26, 2018)

Emerging from the confluence of Greco-Roman mythology and regional folklore, the mermaid has been an enduring motif in Western culture since the medieval period. It has also been disseminated more widely, initially...


The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows

by David Perlmutter Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 04, 2018)

Once consigned almost exclusively to Saturday morning fare for young viewers, television animation has evolved over the last several decades as a programming form to be reckoned with. While many animated shows...


Race and the Revolutionary Impulse in The Spook Who Sat by the Door

by Michael T. Martin, David C. Wall & Marilyn Yaquinto Indiana University Press (January 01, 2018)

Ivan Dixon’s 1973 film The Spook Who Sat by the Door captures the intensity of social and political upheaval during a volatile period in American history. Based on Sam Greenlee’s novel by the same name,...


Reading Phinehas, Watching Slashers

by Brandon R. Grafius Fortress Academic (March 20, 2018)

The tale of the “zeal” of Phineas, expressed when he killed an Israelite man and a Midianite woman having sex and thus stopped a “plague” of consorting with idolatrous neighbors in the Israelite camp...


Entertainment University

by Anthony E Thompson Ii ATNetwork LLC (February 01, 2018)

This book is the culmination of thousands of hours of thinking, living, talking, research- ing, and writing about Entertainment University School of Hip Hop covering film, music, and entertainment business....


Civil Servants on the Silver Screen

by Michelle C. Pautz Lexington Books (December 29, 2017)

In the movies, government often finds itself in a variety of roles from villain to supporting cast, and rarely, if ever, the hero. A frequent component of that role is the bureaucracy and as documented in Civil...


On Location

by Lisa Iannucci Globe Pequot Press (March 01, 2018)

Whether you’re a film fanatic or just want to see a bit of Hollywood in your neighborhood, On Location: A Film and TV Lover’s Travel Guide is the quintessential resource for visiting the locations of your...


Australian Film Theory and Criticism Vol 3

by Deane Williams & Constantine Verevis Intellect (January 01, 2018)

The third part of a three-volume work devoted to mapping the transnational history of Australian film studies, Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Volume 3 concludes the project by gathering together the 'Documents'...


Politics, Hollywood Style

by John Heyrman Lexington Books (December 20, 2017)

Politics, Hollywood Style considers major films about the American political process from the 1930s through the 2010s. Grouped and considered historically, these films are analyzed for their portrayal of American...


Speculative Imperialisms

by Susana Loza Lexington Books (December 27, 2017)

Speculative Imperialisms: Monstrosity and Masquerade in Postracial Times explores the (settler) colonial ideologies underpinning the monstrous imaginings of contemporary popular culture in the Britain and the...


Sustainable Audiovisual Collections Through Collaboration

by Rachael Stoeltje, Vicki Shively, George Boston & Lars Gaustad et al. Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

The art and science of audiovisual preservation and access has evolved at breakneck speed in the digital age. The Joint Technical Symposium (JTS) is organized by the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives...


Argentine Cinema

by David George & Gizella Meneses Lexington Books (December 22, 2017)

Argentine Cinema: From Noir to Neo-Noir examines the phenomenon of Argentine film noir. Beginning with definitions of film noir and its international iterations, the book presents a history of the development...


Aestheticism, Evil, Homosexuality, and Hannibal

by Geoff Klock Lexington Books (October 11, 2017)

In late 19th century England, Oscar Wilde popularized aestheticism, also known as art-for-art’s-sake – the idea that art, that beauty, should not be a vehicle for morality or truth, but an end in-and-of-itself....


Screening the Stage

by Steven Neale John Libbey Publishing (June 06, 2017)

Introduced by a comprehensive account of the factors governing the adaptation of stage plays and musicals in Hollywood from the early 1910s to the mid-to-late 1950s, Screening the Stage consists of a series...


Shooting Women

by Harriet Margolis, Alexis Krasilovsky & Julia Stein Intellect Books (October 01, 2015)

Shooting Women takes readers around the world to explore the lives of camerawomen working in features, TV news, and documentaries. From first world pioneers like African American camerawoman Jessie Maple...


Underground U.S.A.: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon

by Steven Jay Schneider, Xavier Mendik & Lloyd Kaufman WallFlower Press (March 26, 2003)

Whether defined by the carnivalesque excesses of Troma studios (The Toxic Avenger), the arthouse erotica of Radley Metzger and Doris Wishman, or the narrative experimentations of Abel Ferrara, Melvin Van Peebles,...


Film Studies in China

by Contemporary Cinema Intellect (October 01, 2017)

Film Studies in China is a collection of specially selected articles chosen from issues of the Contemporary Cinema journal published throughout the year. Contemporary Cinema is one of the most prestigious academic...


The Kinetoscope

by Richard Brown & Barry Anthony John Libbey Publishing (September 20, 2017)

The 100th anniversary of cinema was marked throughout the world in 1995/6. Amongst the widespread celebrations it was largely overlooked that genuine motion pictures had been commercially shown 101 years earlier,...


Nordisk Films Kompagni 1906-1924, Volume 5

by Isak Thorsen John Libbey Publishing (June 06, 2017)

Nordisk Films Kompagni 1906–1924: The Rise and Fall of the Polar Bear is the first comprehensive study of the Danish film company, Nordisk Films Kompagni, in the silent era. Based on archival research, primarily...


The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960–2000

by Christian Long Intellect (October 05, 2017)

The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960-2000 combines digital cartography with close readings of representative films to write a history of twentieth century Hollywood narrative cinema at the intersection...


A Critical Companion to Tim Burton

by Antonio Sanna, Adam Barkman, Donna Mitchell & Elsa Colombani et al. Lexington Books (October 16, 2017)

Unlike anything currently available, A Critical Companion to Tim Burton is a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of all the works of one of the world's most renowned directors and artists. Written by some of...


Film, Fashion, and the 1960s

by Eugenia Paulicelli, Drake Stutesman & Louise Wallenberg Indiana University Press (September 01, 2017)

A fascinating look at one of the most experimental, volatile, and influential decades, Film, Fashion, and the 1960s, examines the numerous ways in which film and fashion intersected and affected identity expression...


Phenomenology of Film

by Shawn Loht Lexington Books (August 15, 2017)

This book uses the philosophy of Martin Heidegger as a framework for addressing key issues in the philosophy of film. It is the first single-author monograph that takes up Heidegger’s relevance to film. It...


Film Studies in China

by Contemporary Cinema Intellect (October 01, 2017)

Film Studies in China is a collection of specially selected articles chosen from issues of the Contemporary Cinema journal published throughout the year. Contemporary Cinema is one of the most prestigious academic...


Essays on the Essay Film

by Nora M. Alter & Timothy Corrigan Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

The essay—with its emphasis on the provisional and explorative rather than on definitive statements—has evolved from its literary beginnings and is now found in all mediums, including film. Today, the essay...


Building Successful and Sustainable Film and Television Businesses

by Eva Bakoy Intellect (October 01, 2017)

This edited collection focuses on the production cultures of successful small and medium-sized (SME) film and television companies in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK, based on a three-year research...


Saudade in Brazilian Cinema

by Jack A. Draper Intellect (September 01, 2017)

Saudade has received much attention, at times celebratory and at times more critical, from artists and other intellectuals. As a powerful ‘sister emotion’ of nostalgia, the affective structure of the sentiment...


Unbecoming Cinema

by David Fleming Intellect (July 01, 2017)

Can explicit, perverse content inspire anything but horror? And how does cinema communicate fundamental ideas of life and death? Unbecoming Cinema explores the notion of cinema as a living, active agent, capable...


The Poetics of Radical Hope in Abderrahmane Sissako’s Film Experience

by Olivier-Jean Tchouaffe Lexington Books (May 04, 2017)

The Poetics of Radical Hope: The Abderrhamane Sissako Experience communicates pieces of evidence that Sissako is the most talented and the most sophisticated filmmaker of his generation. This imaginative excellence...


Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

by Peter SZENDY, Will Bishop & Samuel Weber Fordham University Press (September 01, 2015)

By analyzing many films, by drawing on the philosophy of Lyotard, Nancy, and Derrida, this book suggest that in the apocalyptic genre, cinema is at work on its limit. Apocalypse-cinema is both the end of the...


Cinema Symbolism 2

by Robert W. Sullivan Iv Deadwood Publishing, LLC (April 04, 2017)

Finally! The much anticipated sequel to Cinema Symbolism is here! Cinema Symbolism 2: More Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies explores the hidden symbolism and esoteric imagery in such movies as Crimson Peak...


Ben Wheatley

by Adam Nayman Adam Nayman (May 10, 2017)

British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has made a name for himself directing stylish genre films like Kill ListA Field in England, and High-Rise. In the first published study of his work, Adam Nayman meticulously...


Melinda Camber Porter In Conversation With Wim Wenders On Location While filming Paris, Texas 1983

by Melinda Camber Porter, Wim Wenders & Joseph Robert Flicek Blake Press (April 07, 2017)

The conversation (with embedded video clips) between Wim Wenders and Melinda Camber Porter (1953-2008) took place on location in Texas in December 1983, while Mr. Wenders was shooting his first American Film,...


Cinema Symbolism

by Robert W. Sullivan Iv Deadwood Publishing, LLC (March 23, 2017)

Have you ever wondered why 007 is James Bond's numerical designation? Or where the name Luke Skywalker comes from? How about all those giant faces that pass judgment on General Zod and his lieutenants at the...