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  • Elizabeth Taylor

    The Grit & Glamour of an Icon

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Residence and First Women, the first ever authorized biography of the most famous movie star of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Taylor.No celebrity rivals Elizabeth Taylor’s glamour and guts or her level of fame. She was the last major star to come out of the old Hollywood studio system and she is a legend known for her beauty and her magnetic ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Picture

    by Lillian Ross ...
    A classic look at Hollywood and the American film industry by The New Yorker's Lillian Ross, and named one of the "Top 100 Works of U.S. Journalism of the Twentieth Century."Lillian Ross worked at The New Yorker for more than half a century, and might be described not only as an outstanding practitioner of modern long-form journalism but also as one of its inventors. Picture, originally published ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Discussing Disney

    by Amy M Davis ...
    These scholarly essays examine Disney’s cultural impact from various perspectives—including film studies, history, musicology, gender and more.The academic field of Disney Studies has evolved greatly over the years, as the twelve essays collected in this volume demonstrate. With a diversity of perspectives and concerns, the contributors examine the cultural significance and impact of the Disney ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Pieces of My Heart

    A Life

    The Hollywood icon tells about his rise to Hollywood stardom among legends like Cary Grant and Barbara Stanwyck and his troubled marriage, divorce, and remarriage to starlet Natalie Wood.In the revelation-filled memoir from one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, readers have a candid and deeply personal look at the life and career of Robert Wagner.Wagner’s long career began in the Hollywood of ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Wrath to Come

    Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells

    The history America never wanted you to read.'The narrative took my breath away' Philippe Sands'An extraordinarily and shockingly powerful read' Peter Frankopan'One of the must-reads of the year' Suzannah Lipscomb'Brilliant and provocative' Gavin EslerSarah Churchwell examines one of the most enduringly popular stories of all time, Gone with the Wind, to help explain the divi... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Silent Stars

    From one of America's most renowned film scholars: a revelatory, perceptive, and highly readable look at the greatest silent film stars -- not those few who are fully appreciated and understood, like Chaplin, Keaton, Gish, and Garbo, but those who have been misperceived, unfairly dismissed, or forgotten.Here is Valentino, "the Sheik," who was hardly the effeminate lounge lizard he's been branded ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game

    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

    $23.99 USD

  • Hunting Girls

    Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape

    by Kelly Oliver ...
    Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), Bella Swan (Twilight), Tris Prior (Divergent), and other strong and resourceful characters have decimated the fairytale archetype of the helpless girl waiting to be rescued. Giving as good as they get, these young women access reserves of aggression to liberate themselves—but who truly benefits? By meeting violence with violence, are women turning victimization ... Read more

    $21.99 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

    $21.99 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 Grove Book of Hollywood

    A “treasure trove” of insider accounts of the movie business from its earliest beginnings to the present day—“exceedingly savvy . . . astute and entertaining” (Variety).The Grove Book of Hollywood is a richly entertaining anthology of anecdotes and reminiscences from the people who helped make the City of Angels the storied place we know today. Movie moguls, embittered screenwriters, bemused ... Read more

    $13.99 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

  • Animated Discussions: Critical Essays on Anime

    by Jen A. Blue ...
    Whether they’re tracing depictions of the apocalypse from their roots in the ancient Near East to hit anime of the 90s and 2000s, exploring the ways in which certain mecha and magical girl shows equate trauma and heroism, or just trying to figure out why the hell Utena turned into a car, the essays in this collection combine an accessible style and a bit of humor with literary analysis to present ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Not All Supermen

    Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, and the Complex History of Superheroes

    by Tim Hanley ...
    An eye-opening exploration of the toxic masculinity and sexism that pervades the superhero genre.Superheroes have been exciting and inspirational cultural icons for decades, dating back to the debut of Superman in the 1930s. The earliest tales have been held up as cornerstones of the genre, looked upon with nostalgic reverence. However, enshrining these tales also enshrines many outdated values ... Read more

    $29.99 USD

  • Possessed

    The Life of Joan Crawford

    by Donald Spoto ...
    New York Times bestselling author Donald Spoto has already brilliantly explored the lives and careers of numerous Hollywood stars and entertainment icons—Grace Kelly, James Dean, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe, to name but a few. In Possessed, his subject is the inimitable Joan Crawford, one of the most electrifying divas of the Golden Age of American film. A more thorough, revealing, and ... Read more

    $15.49 USD

  • Hollywood's Last Golden Age

    Politics, Society, and the Seventies Film in America

    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 in the industry, and demographic shifts among audiences, filmmakers, and critics created an unprecedented opportunity for a new type of Hollywood movie, one that Jonathan Kirshner ... Read more

    $16.99 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

    $4.99 USD

  • Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary

    A Greatly Expanded and Much Improved Compendium of Movie Clichés, Stereotypes, Obligatory Scenes, Hackneyed Formulas, ... Conventions, and Outdated Archetypes

    by Roger Ebert ...
    An expanded glossary of movie clichés from the Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic.The popular film critic offers a compilation of witty and wise observations about the film lexicon, including “Fruit Cart,” a chase scene through an ethnic or foreign locale, or “The Non-Answering Pet,” referring to a dead pet in a horror movie. ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • The Method

    How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act

    by Isaac Butler ...
    A New Yorker Best Book of 2022 * A Time Must-Read Book of 2022 * A 2022 New York Times Holiday Gift Guide selection“Entertaining and illuminating.”--The New Yorker * “Compulsively readable.”--New York Times * “Delicious, humane, probing.”--Vulture * “The best and most important book about acting I've ever read.”--Nathan LaneFrom the coauthor of The World Only Spins Forward</e... ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Movie Wars

    How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See

    Is the cinema, as writers from David Denby to Susan Sontag have claimed, really dead? Contrary to what we have been led to believe, films are better than ever—we just can't see the good ones. Movie Wars cogently explains how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, and how, at every stage of the process, the potential moviegoer is treated with contempt. Using examples ranging from the New ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Natalie Wood

    by Gavin Lambert ...
    She spent her life in the movies. Her childhood is still there to see in Miracle on 34th Street. Her adolescence in Rebel Without a Cause. Her coming of age? Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story and countless other hit movies. From the moment Natalie Wood made her debut in 1946, playing Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles’s ward in Tomorrow Is Forever at the age of seven, to ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $12.99 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

  • The Movie Musical!

    Irresistible and authoritative, The Movie Musical! is an in-depth look at the singing, dancing, happy-making world of Hollywood musicals, beautifully illustrated in color and black-and-white--an essential text for anyone who's ever laughed, cried, or sung along at the movies.Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical- ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • You Do Not Talk About Fight Club

    I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection

    Pervasive and multidisciplinary, this insightful exploration discusses how and why this seminal work developed, and continues to grow, such a cult following. When Fight Club punched its way onto the scene a decade ago, it provided an unprecedented glimpse into the American male's psyche and rapidly turned into a euphemism for a variety of things that should be "just understood" and not otherwise ... Read more

    $4.99 USD