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Food on Film: Bringing Something New to the Table

by Tom Hertweck Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

This collection addresses the relative scarcity of work relating to food-film studies, showcasing innovative viewpoints about a popular, yet understudied, subject in film. The volume asks provocative questions...


The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians

by James Roots Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2014)

This book ranks the top 100 silent film stars based on a scale that considers creativity, originality, chemistry with fellow performers, and other factors. The author also promotes some lesser-known performers,...


Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events

by Carl Rollyson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events, Carl Rollyson provides a documentary approach to the life and legend of this singular personality. With details of her childhood, her young...


The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama

by Raluca Lucia Cimpean Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

This volume examines various representation of John F. Kennedy on film, from fictionalized accounts of his wartime exploits—PT-109 (1963)—to his presidency, his assassination, and his legacy. With a focus...


Projecting 9/11: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Recent Hollywood Films

by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo & Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

Projecting 9/11 looks at how the themes of race, gender, and citizenship are treated in more than 20 recent movies. The book highlights racial and gender stereotypes and shows how characters are portrayed as...


The Coen Brothers Encyclopedia

by Lynnea Chapman King Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 10, 2014)

This encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of the Coen Brothers’ work—from writing and directing Blood Simple (1983) to their involvement in the forthcoming television series, Fargo. This extensive reference...


James Cagney Films of the 1930s

by James L. Neibaur Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 03, 2014)

This book provides a film-by-film look at the thirty-two movies James Cagney made during the 1930s, from his supporting role in Sinner’s Holiday (1930) to the end of the decade as an established star of Angels...


Gangsters and G-Men on Screen: Crime Cinema Then and Now

by Gene D. Phillips Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 26, 2014)

In this book, noted film and literature scholar Gene D. Phillips looks at the crime film genre. In addition to the usual suspects like Little Caesar, and The Godfather Part II, which he examines with a fresh...


Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System

by Lesley L. Coffin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 11, 2014)

After making a name for himself in his native England, Alfred Hitchcock was drawn to the U.S. in 1939, where he had unprecedented access to all of the riches the Hollywood studios had to offer. From set designers...


Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television

by Laura Mattoon D'Amore Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2014)

In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D’Amore brings together a collection of essays that examine the disparate portrayals of beauty and brains in...


The Encyclopedia of Epic Films

by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito & Djoymi Baker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 21, 2014)

This resource contains reviews of every major production considered to be an epic film. Entries consider the characteristics of what makes an epic, including length, structure, spectacular special effects, and...


Disorders of Magnitude: A Survey of Dark Fantasy

by Jason V. Brock Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 17, 2014)

This book illuminates the impact, lasting influence, and personalities involved with the creation and development of dark fantasy works of the 20th and 21st century—classics of literature, cinema, and television....


The Bipolar Express: Manic Depression and the Movies

by David Coleman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 08, 2014)

This book examines the lives and works of famous filmmakers and screen actors through the perspective of bipolar and depressive disorders. The filmmakers discussed in this volume include directors Francis Ford...


Reading Richard Matheson: A Critical Survey

by Cheyenne Mathews & Janet V. Haedicke Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 07, 2014)

Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was a prolific author and screenwriter whose career of more than 60 years has shaped the horror and fantasy genres in literature, film, and television. This volume examines seven...


Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music

by Peter Wegele Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 24, 2014)

This biography of Steiner provides insight into how the film music industry worked and functioned during the Golden era of film scores. The central part of this work is an analysis of Steiner’s score to Casablanca...


Women in War Films: From Helpless Heroine to G.I. Jane

by Ralph Donald & Karen MacDonald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

This companion volume to Reel Men at War takes a look at how women have been portrayed in war films, from silents of the 1920s to films of the twenty-first century. The authors explore the full range of women...


The Elvis Movies

by James L. Neibaur Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

In addition to his phenomenal career as a singer, Elvis Presley was also a box office star, from his first film, Love Me Tender, to his final feature, Change of Habit, playing opposite Mary Tyler Moore as a...


Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture

by Bob Batchelor, Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones & A. Bowdoin Van Riper et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

Despite the increasing variety of heroic women portrayed in film, television, and other popular culture channels, much of the understanding of heroines has been limited to females as versions of male heroes...


Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Postmodern Age

by Shannon R. Wooden & Ken Gillam Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 27, 2014)

This volume examines films produced by Pixar Animation Studios between 1995 and 2013, exploring how boys become men and how men measure up in films from Toy Story to Monsters University. Offering counterintuitive...


Lee J. Cobb: Characters of an Actor

by Donald Dewey Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 18, 2014)

This is the first biography of Lee J. Cobb, the actor who originated the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. This biography follows the actor from his roots in Brooklyn, New York to...


Bringing History to Life through Film: The Art of Cinematic Storytelling

by Kathryn Anne Morey Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 12, 2013)

This collection of essays addresses important questions about the relationship between fact and fiction: When does history become myth, and when does myth become legend? Does a romanticized view of history distort...


European Cinema after the Wall: Screening East-West Mobility

by Leen Engelen & Kris Van Heuckelom Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 21, 2013)

The past three decades have seen the rise of a transnational European cinema, not only in terms of production, but also in terms of a growing focus on multi-ethnic themes within the European context. The collapse...


Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films

by Beverly Merrill Kelley Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 16, 2004)

Reelpolitik II moves past typical left-right political distinctions to examine political ideologies cycling through U.S. history during the '50s and '60s. These eight Cold War movies especially equipped the...


Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness

by Hernan Vera & Andrew M. Gordon Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 21, 2003)

Screen Saviors studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies-by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another color. This collaboration by a sociologist and...


Cinematic Shakespeare

by Michael Anderegg Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 22, 2003)

Cinematic Shakespeare takes the reader inside the making of a number of significant adaptations to illustrate how cinema transforms and re-imagines the dramatic form and style central to Shakespeare's imagination....


Screening Difference: How Hollywood's Blockbuster Films Imagine Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

by Van Jaap Ginneken Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 29, 2007)

Did you know that Pocahontas probably never fell in love with John Smith, as film versions pretend? That the myth of the sexually eager Hula girls is based on misunderstandings by early explorers? Screening...


Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen

by Mary P. Nichols Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 23, 2000)

In this pathbreaking new book, Mary P. Nichols challenges this, arguing that Allen's work, from Play It Again, Sam to Deconstructing Harry, is actually an attempt to explore and reconcile the tension between...


The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster

by Constantine Santas Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 28, 2007)

Constantine Santas encourages us to wonder why critics have routinely dismissed the epic film. In The Epic in Film, Santas argues that 'blockbuster' and 'artistic' are not mutually exclusive terms and that epic...


Black Lenses, Black Voices: African American Film Now

by Mark A. Reid Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 25, 2005)

Black Lenses, Black Voices is a provocative look at films directed and written-and sometimes produced-by African Americans, as well as black-oriented films whose directors and or screenwriters are not black....


The Party and the Arty in China: The New Politics of Culture

by Richard Curt Kraus Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 02, 2004)

Arguing that cultural reform is a key aspect of political reform, Richard Kraus shows here that China's economic transformation has dramatically liberated the production and consumption of culture. In this original...


Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema

by Gary G. Xu Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 21, 2006)

Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a comprehensive study of Chinese-language films at the turn of the millennium. Emphasizing the transnational nature of contemporary Chinese cinema, it provides close...


From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China

by Paul G. Pickowicz & Yingjin Zhang Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 11, 2006)

This groundbreaking book presents a critical introduction to the cultural and political dimensions of contemporary Chinese cinema. Exploring the complex and shifting world of Chinese underground and independent...


Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg

by Andrew M. Gordon Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 15, 2007)

Empire of Dreams is the first definitive look at all of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror films directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the most popular and influential contemporary filmmakers. Spielberg...


Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market

by Deborah Shaw Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 09, 2007)

This engaging book explores Latin America cinema since 2000, an extraordinary period of international recognition. Leading specialists consider the reasons for the unprecedented commercial and critical successes...


Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama

by Christine Geraghty Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 02, 2007)

Now a Major Motion Picture is a unique look at the many sources, literary and otherwise, that influence film adaptations. Christine Geraghty subverts the idea that film adaptations of novels and plays must be...


Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema

by Brian Steel Wills Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2011)

From Birth of a Nation to Cold Mountain, Hollywood has used the Civil War to create compelling cinema with each generation resolving the tug of war between entertainment value and historical accuracy differently....


Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners

by Peter E. Dans & Joseph Bottum Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2009)

Christians in the Movies traces the arc of the portrayal in film of Christians from 1905 to the present. For most of the first six decades, the portrayals were favorable and even reverential. By contrast, from...


Shocked But Connected: Notes on Laughter

by Michael Roemer Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2012)

In Shocked But Connected, distinguished filmmaker Michael Roemer reflects on the nature of comedy and laughter. Incorporating the work of both the great thinkers and great comedians of our age, Roemer investigates...


Imagining America: Influence and Images in Twentieth-Century Russia

by Alan M. Ball Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 09, 2004)

Drawing on a wide variety of contemporary journals, newspapers, films, and popular songs, Alan M. Ball compares American social, political, and cultural influence in two newborn Russian states: the young Soviet...


The Woody Allen Encyclopedia

by Thomas S. Hischak Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 09, 2018)

For more than five decades, Woody Allen has been one of the most critically acclaimed talents in American cinema. Allen has been nominated for best director seven times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts...


The Essential Films of Ingrid Bergman

by Constantine Santas & James M. Wilson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 15, 2018)

Ingrid Bergman was not only an incomparable beauty but one of the finest actresses of cinema’s Golden Age. She made her start in modest productions in Sweden before Hollywood beckoned and soon became one of...


100 Greatest Film Scores

by Matt Lawson & Laurence MacDonald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 15, 2018)

The background music on a film can make or break the audience experience. Imagine the shower scene in Psycho without the shrieking violins or Jaws without the ominous notes that portend the shark’s attack!...


The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films

by Salvador Jimenez Murguia & Alex Pinar Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 15, 2018)

Under the Franco regime (1939-1976), films produced in Spain were of poor quality, promoted the regime’s agenda, or were heavily censored. After the dictator’s death, the Spanish film industry transitioned...


The Essential James Garner

by Stephen H. Ryan & Paul J. Ryan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 25, 2018)

Since his television debut in the mid-1950s, James Garner entertained millions of fans on screens both big and small. From supporting roles in memorable films like Sayonara and The Notebook to leading roles...


The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films

by Salvador Jimenez Murguia Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 12, 2018)

From D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915 to the recent Get Out, audiences and critics alike have responded to racism in motion pictures for more than a century. Whether subtle or blatant, racially biased...


100 Greatest American and British Animated Films

by Thomas S. Hischak Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 15, 2018)

Animation has been a staple of the filmmaking process since the early days of cinema. Animated shorts had been produced for decades, but not until 1937 did a major studio venture into animated features when...


Historical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Cinema

by Karina Aveyard, Albert Moran & Errol Vieth Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 26, 2017)

Filmmakers have honed their skills and many have achieved critical and popular success at home and abroad, as have actors and other crew. American filmmakers and companies have found it cheaper to make films...


Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema

by Peter Hutchings Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 22, 2017)

Horror is one of the most enduring and controversial of all cinematic genres. Horror films range from subtle and poetic to graphic and gory, but what links them together is their ability to frighten, disturb,...


Urban Noir

by James J. Ward & Cynthia J. Miller Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 06, 2017)

Film noir has always been associated with urban landscapes, and no two cities have been represented more prominently in these films than New York and Los Angeles. In noir and neo-noir films since the 1940s,...


The World of James Bond: The Lives and Times of 007

by Jeremy Black Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 17, 2017)

This book presents an insightful and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the politics of the Bond books and films. Class, gender, violence, sex, race—all are themes that Black scrutinizes through ongoing...