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  • The Cinema of Barbara Stanwyck

    Twenty-Six Short Essays on a Working Star

    series Women’s Media History Now!
    From The Lady Eve, to The Big Valley, Barbara Stanwyck played parts that showcased her multidimensional talents but also illustrated the limits imposed on women in film and television. Catherine Russell’s A to Z consideration of the iconic actress analyzes twenty-six facets of Stanwyck and the America of her times. Russell examines Stanwyck’s work onscreen against the backdrop of costuming and ... 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

    $9.99 USD

  • Movie Geek

    The Den of Geek Guide to the Movieverse

    Movie Geek is a nerdy dive into popular movies, brought to you by the award-losing Den Of Geek website, with a foreword by the UK's foremost film critic, Mark Kermode. Discover hidden stories behind movies you love (and, er, don't love so much), and find out just why the most dangerous place to be is in a Tom Hanks film.Fascinating, surprisingly and hugely entertaining, this leftfield movie guide ... Read more

    $3.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Burn It Down

    Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood

    by Maureen Ryan ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERAn NPR Best Book of the YearIn this spectacular, newsmaking exposé that has the entertainment industry abuzz and on its heels, Vanity Fair's Maureen Ryan blows the lid off patterns of harassment and bias in Hollywood, the grassroots reforms under way, and the labor and activist revolutions that recent scandals have ignited.It... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Easy Riders Raging Bulls

    How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock 'N Roll Generation Save

    by Peter Biskind ...
    In 1969, a low-budget biker movie, Easy Rider, shocked Hollywood with its stunning success. An unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (onscreen and off), Easy Rider heralded a heady decade in which a rebellious wave of talented young filmmakers invigorated the movie industry. In Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind takes us on the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s, an ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Camera Man

    Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century

    by Dana Stevens ...
    Named a Best Book of 2022 by The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly, and NPRIn this genre-defying work of cultural history, the chief film critic of Slate places comedy legend and acclaimed filmmaker Buster Keaton’s unique creative genius in the context of his time.Born the same year as the film industry in 1895, Buster Keaton began his career as the child star of a family slapstick act reputed to be ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Becoming Nick and Nora

    The Thin Man and the Films of William Powell and Myrna Loy

    by Rob Kozlowski ...
    As Nick and Nora Charles in the six Thin Man movies from 1934 to 1947, the team of William Powell and Myrna Loy showed that marriage didn’t have to mean the end of the romantic comedy. From the comedic delight that was the initial The Thin Man through its five sequels as well as eight other films (including the Oscar-winning The Great Ziegfeld and Manhattan Melodrama), Powell and Loy were cemented ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • Wings of Desire

    Filmed in 1986/87 in still-divided Berlin, Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire is both a utopian fairy tale and a fascinating time capsule of that late Cold War moment. Together with legendary French cinematographer Henri Alekan(who had worked on Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête of 1946, among many other films) and Austrian author Peter Handke (with whom he had collaborated before), Wenders created a ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The White Ribbon

    by Fatima Naqvi ...
    White ribbons and black pedagogy - Michael Haneke's award-winning film The White Ribbon (2009) is a multilayered reflection on purity, ideology, violence, and child rearing. In this tense black-and-white whodunit, mysterious events occur in a small town on the German-Polish border in 1913-14. A tripwire fells the doctor's horse; a farmhand's wife falls through the floor of a shed; a barn goes up ... Read more

    $14.99 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

    $25.99 USD

  • Reading the Silver Screen

    A Film Lover's Guide to Decoding the Art Form That Moves

    From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes an indispensable analysis of our most celebrated medium, film.No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the house lights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect magic. While we’re being exhilarated and terrified, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Film Studies, second edition

    An Introduction

    by Ed Sikov ...
    series Film and Culture Series
    Film Studies is a concise and indispensable introduction to the formal study of cinema. Ed Sikov offers a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, ... Read more

    $21.99 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

    $10.99 USD

  • Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

    The Surprising Story of Hedy Lamarr, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"As a teenage actress in 1920s Austria, performing on the stage and in film in light comedies and musicals, Hedy Kiesler, with her exotic beauty, was heralded across Europe by her mentor, Max Reinhardt. However, it was her nude scene, and surprising dramatic ability, in Ecstasy that made her a star. Ecstasy's notoriety ... Read more

    $11.99 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

    $22.99 USD

  • By Myself and Then Some

    by Lauren Bacall ...
    The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to project an audacious spirit and pursue on-screen excellence. The product of an extraordinary mother and a loving extended family, she produced, with Humphrey Bogart, some of the most electric and memorable scenes in movie history. After tragically losing Bogart, she returned to New York and a brilliant career in the theatre. A ... Read more

    $14.99 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 or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Kindness of Strangers

    A memoir about showbiz in the early 20th century that travels from the theaters of Vienna, Prague, and Berlin, to Hollywood during the golden age, complete with encounters with Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, and Greta Garbo along the way.Salka Viertel’s autobiography tells of a brilliant, creative, and well-connected woman’s pilgrimage through the darkest years of the twentieth century, a journey ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Charlie Chaplin vs. America

    When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided

    by Scott Eyman ...
    The remarkable, must-read story of Charlie Chaplin’s years of exile from the United States during the postwar Red Scare, and how it ruined his film career, from bestselling biographer Scott Eyman.Bestselling Hollywood biographer and film historian Scott Eyman tells the story of Charlie Chaplin’s fall from grace. In the aftermath of World War Two, Chaplin was criticized for being politically ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Bollywood

    A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

    series Routledge Film Guidebooks
    'Bollywood' is the dominant global term to refer to the prolific Hindi language film industry in Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995). Characterised by music, dance routines, melodrama, lavish production values and an emphasis on stars and spectacle, Bollywood films have met with box-office success and enthusiastic audiences from India to West Africa to Russia, and throughout the English-speaking world ... Read more

    $32.99 USD

  • María Félix 47 pasos por el cine

    series Fuera de colección
    A lo largo de su deslumbrante carrera, María Félix transitó todos los géneros cinematográficos y encarnó todas las pieles: fue soldadera, monja, ranchera, maestra, hacendada… Su huella ha quedado marcada con fuego en la historia del séptimo arte.Dedicado a cada una de las 47 películas que filmó y que la formaron, este libro es fruto del exhaustivo trabajo de documentación y análisis de Paco ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • The End of Japanese Cinema

    Industrial Genres, National Times, and Media Ecologies

    In The End of Japanese Cinema Alexander Zahlten moves film theory beyond the confines of film itself, attending to the emergence of new kinds of aesthetics, politics, temporalities, and understandings of film and media. He traces the evolution of a new media ecology through deep historical analyses of the Japanese film industry from the 1960s to the 2000s. Zahlten focuses on three popular ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • Cléo de 5 a 7

    by Steven Ungar ...
    series BFI Film Classics
    Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo from 5 to 7), Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work depicts, in near real-time, 90 minutes in the life of Cléo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early-Fifth Republic Paris, was a major point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Hollywood's Last Golden Age

    Politics, Society, and the Seventies Film in America

    Kirshner's commentary on these and other films is stimulating...Kirshner's book provides intriguing insights for anyone interested in the relation between film and wider culture.―The Journal of American CultureBetween 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 ... Read more

    $16.99 USD