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  • Darker Side Of The Moon

    Travel to the DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON and discover:- "They" Are Watching Us!- The Mysterious World of UFOs- Lethal UFO Encounters, Actual Cases- Hidden Alien Bases, Evidence from NASA’s Report- Deadly Interference by Ancient Aliens- The Alien Agenda- Alien Abductions- Aliens—Are Not Our "Friends"DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON “They” Are Watching Us!" is an entirely new approach to these subjects. Citing ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Bambi vs. Godzilla

    On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

    by David Mamet ...
    From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always played by his own rules.Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? How is a screenplay like a personals ad? Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits? And what on earth do those producers do anyway? Refreshingly unafraid to offend, ... Read more

    $7.99 USD $6.99 USD

  • The Cultural Practice of Immigrant Filmmaking

    Minor Immigrant Cinemas in Sweden 19501990

    Based on a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council, this book analyses 40 years of post-war independent immigrant filmmaking in Sweden. John Sundholm and Lars Gustaf Andersson consider the creativity that lies in the state of exile, offering analyses of over 50 rarely seen immigrant films that would otherwise remain invisible and unarchived. They shed light on the complex web of ... Read more

    $0.10 USD

  • Cinema's Bodily Illusions

    Flying, Floating, and Hallucinating

    Do contemporary big-budget blockbuster films like Gravity move something in us that is fundamentally the same as what avant-garde and experimental films have done for more than a century? In a powerful challenge to mainstream film theory, Cinema’s Bodily Illusions demonstrates that this is the case. Scott C. Richmond bridges genres and periods by focusing, most palpably, on cinema’s power to evoke ... Read more

    $19.49 USD

  • Cary Grant

    A Brilliant Disguise

    by Scott Eyman ...
    Film historian and acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographer Scott Eyman has written the definitive, “captivating” (Associated Press) biography of Hollywood legend Cary Grant, one of the most accomplished—and beloved—actors of his generation, who remains as popular as ever today.Born Archibald Leach in 1904, he came to America as a teenaged acrobat to find fame and fortune, but he was always ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • I Am Spartacus!

    Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist

    by Kirk Douglas ...
    A “lively” memoir by the Hollywood legend about the making of Spartacus, with a foreword by George Clooney (Los Angeles Times).One of the world’s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author of ten works of fiction and memoir. Now, more than fifty years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World

    From the very first book publication in 1920 to the upcoming film release of Death on the Nile, this investigation into Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot celebrates a century of probably the world’s favourite fictional detective.This book tells his story decade-by-decade, exploring his appearances not only in the original novels, short stories and plays but also across stage, screen and radio ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Behind the Horror

    True stories that inspired horror movies

    by Lee Dr Mellor ...
    Uncover the twisted tales that inspired the big screen's greatest screams.Which case of demonic possession inspired The Exorcist? What horrifying front-page story generated the idea for A Nightmare on Elm Street? Which film was based on the infamous skin-wearing murderer Ed Gein?Unearth the terrifying and true tales behind some of the scariest Horror movies to ever haunt our screens, including the ... Read more

    $7.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled

    series Film Theory in Practice
    The Film Theory in Practice series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. The third book in the series, Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled, offers a concise introduction to Critical Race Theory in jargon-free ... Read more

    $19.69 USD

  • Alfred Hitchcock

    A Life in Darkness and Light

    Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the Master of Suspense and the most widely recognized film director of all time.In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films – including The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Out Spoken: A Vito Russo Reader, Reel One

    by Vito Russo ...
    Now assembled as a special two-volume edition for the very first time, A Vito Russo Reader is a companion piece to VITO, the highly-acclaimed new HBO documentary by filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.Reel One contains the segments: Show People, A Lavender Lens and Russo on FilmFrom the rough-and-tumble beginnings of the gay and lesbian movement in New York City in the late-1960s, A Vito Russo Reader ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Redgraves

    A Family Epic

    by Donald Spoto ...
    The dramatic, poignant and revealing saga of the Redgraves, one of history's greatest families of actors.For more than a century, the Redgraves have defined theater and film while captivating the public eye. Their history is a rich tapestry of singularly talented individuals whose influence is felt to this day, yet their story has never before been told. In The Redgraves, bestselling biographer ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Before Mickey

    The Animated Film 1898-1928

    This witty and fascinating study reminds us that there was animation before Disney: about thirty years of creativity and experimentation flourishing in such extraordinary work as Girdie the Dinosaur and Felix the Cat. Before Mickey, the first and only in-depth history of animation from 1898-1928, includes accounts of mechanical ingenuity, marketing and art. Crafton is equally adept at explaining ... Read more

    $29.59 USD

  • Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game

    by Todd McGowan ...
    series Film Theory in Practice
    The Film Theory in Practice Series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. The first book in the series, Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game, offers a concise introduction to psychoanalytic film ... Read more

    $22.19 USD

  • The Power of Film

    by Howard Suber ...
    America's most distinguished film professor provides the definitive A to Z course on the intricacies of film. Each entry in this remarkable book, which represents a lifetime of teaching film, has already inspired and educated several generations of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers and writers. This book examines the patterns and principles that make films popular and memorable, and will be useful ... Read more

    $20.19 USD

  • Bollywood

    Gods, Glamour, and Gossip

    by Kush Varia ...
    series Short Cuts
    While we have become familiar with the idea of "Bollywood" here in the West, we know little about the industry's films beyond a certain celebration of kitsch. Bollywood, the latest in Wallflower Press's Short Cuts introductory series, surveys this style of filmmaking from its origins in colonial times to the present, tracing its impact on both the Indian and global imagination. Chapters explore ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Alfred Hitchcock

    by Peter Ackroyd ...
    Alfred Hitchcock rigorously controlled his public image, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring out all others. In this gripping short biography, Peter Ackroyd wrests the director’s chair back from the master of control to reveal a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashed a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Art of Alfred Hitchcock

    Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures

    by Donald Spoto ...
    This definitive illustrated survey of all of Alfred Hitchcock's films is a book no movie buff or Hitchcock fan can afford to be without.The monumental scope of Alfred Hitchcock's work remains unsurpassed by any other movie director, past or present. So many of his movies have achieved classic status that even a partial list—Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, Spellbound—brings a flood of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

    series Very Short Introductions
    Documentary film can encompass anything from Robert Flaherty's pioneering ethnography Nanook of the North to Michael Moore's anti-Iraq War polemic Fahrenheit 9/11, from Dziga Vertov's artful Soviet propaganda piece Man with a Movie Camera to Luc Jacquet's heart-tugging wildlife epic March of the Penguins. In this concise, crisply written guide, Patricia Aufderheide takes readers along the diverse ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Best Film You've Never Seen

    35 Directors Champion the Forgotten or Critically Savaged Movies They Love

    Revealing a festival of guilty pleasures, almost-masterpieces, and undeniable classics in need of revival, 35 directors champion their favorite overlooked or critically savaged gems in this guide. The list includes unsung noir films The Chase and Murder by Contract, famous flops Can’t Stop the Music and Joe Versus the Volcano, art films L’ange and WR: Mysteries of the Organism, theatrical ... Read more

    $13.29 USD

  • Hollywood Shutdown

    Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of COVID

    By March 2020, the spread of COVID-19 had reached pandemic proportions, forcing widespread shutdowns across industries, including Hollywood. Studios, networks, production companies, and the thousands of workers who make film and television possible were forced to adjust their time-honored business and labor practices. In this book, Kate Fortmueller asks what happened when the coronavirus closed ... Read more

    $4.95 USD

  • Steven Spielberg's America

    series America Through the Lens
    Steven Spielberg is known as the most powerful man in New Hollywood and a pioneer of the contemporary blockbuster, America’s most successful export. His career began a new chapter in mass culture. At the same time, American post war liberalism was breaking down. This fascinating new book explains the complex relationship between film and politics through the prism of an iconic filmmaker.Spielberg ... Read more

    $16.00 USD

  • Your Movie Sucks

    by Roger Ebert ...
    Roger Ebert's I Hated Hated Hated This Movie, which gathered some of his most scathing reviews, was a best-seller. This new collection continues the tradition, reviewing not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that he found underneath the barrel.From Roger's review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (0 stars): The movie created a spot of controversy in February 2005. ... Read more

    $8.69 USD

  • Rambo and Me: The Story Behind the Story, an essay (The David Morrell Cultural-Icon Series)

    by David Morrell ...
    Award-winning author David Morrell created the character of Rambo in his 1972 novel, First Blood, which has been called the father of the modern action novel. Rambo went on to become one of the five most recognized thriller icons, along with Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter. In this in-depth essay, for the first time Morrell tells the full story about how the novel and Rambo ... Read more

    $0.99 USD