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When the Movies Mattered

by Jonathan Kirshner & Jon Lewis Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

In When the Movies Mattered Jonathan Kirshner and Jon Lewis gather a remarkable collection of authors to revisit the unique era in American cinema that was New Hollywood. Ten eminent contributors, some of whom...


This Thing of Darkness

by Joan Neuberger Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished masterpiece, Ivan the Terrible, was no ordinary movie. Commissioned by Joseph Stalin in 1941 to justify state terror in the sixteenth century and in the twentieth, the film's politics,...


Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan

by Justin Jesty Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Justin Jesty’s Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan reframes the history of art and its politics in Japan post-1945. This fascinating cultural history addresses our broad understanding of the immediate...


The Arts of Cinema

by Martin Seel & Kizer S. Walker Cornell University Press (July 15, 2018)

In The Arts of Cinema, Martin Seel explores film’s connections to the other arts and the qualities that distinguishe it from them. In nine concise and elegantly written chapters, he explores the cinema’s...


Not According to Plan

by Maria Belodubrovskaya Cornell University Press (September 01, 2017)

" Not According to Plan is a clearly and engagingly written book on the mechanisms of film production under Stalin that offers invaluable insights into the mechanisms of film production and screenwriting."—Birgit...


Promiscuous Media

by Hikari Hori Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

In Promiscuous Media, Hikari Hori makes a compelling case that the visual culture of Showa-era Japan articulated urgent issues of modernity rather than serving as a simple expression of nationalism. Hori makes...


Screening Enlightenment

by Hiroshi Kitamura Cornell University Press (March 31, 2017)

During the six-and-a-half-year occupation of Japan (1945–1952), U.S. film studios—in close coordination with Douglas MacArthur's Supreme Command for the Allied Powers—launched an ambitious campaign to...


Gilgamesh among Us

by Theodore Ziolkowski Cornell University Press

The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semimythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his friend and...


J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies

by John Sbardellati Cornell University Press

Between 1942 and 1958, J. Edgar Hoover's Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a sweeping and sustained investigation of the motion picture industry to expose Hollywood's alleged subversion of "the American...


Welcome to the Suck

by Stacey Peebles Cornell University Press

Our collective memories of World War II and Vietnam have been shaped as much by memoirs, novels, and films as they have been by history books. In Welcome to the Suck, Stacey Peebles examines the growing body...


Hollywood's Last Golden Age

by Jonathan Kirshner Cornell University Press

Between 1967 and 1976 a number of extraordinary factors converged to produce an uncommonly adventurous era in the history of American film. The end of censorship, the decline of the studio system, economic changes...


On the Irish Waterfront

by James T. Fisher Cornell University Press

Site of the world's busiest and most lucrative harbor throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the Port of New York was also the historic preserve of Irish American gangsters, politicians, longshoremen's...