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History & Criticism

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  • Monster

    Living Off the Big Screen

    Monster is John Gregory Dunne's mordant account of the eight years it took to get the 1996 Robert Redford/Michelle Pfeiffer film Up Close & Personal made. A bestselling novelist, Dunne has a cold eye, perfect pitch for the absurdities of Hollywood, and sharp elbows for the film industry's savage infighting. 192 pp. Author tour & national ads. 25,000 print. ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $8.99 USD

  • Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words

    by George Barris ...
    "You Are The First One I'm Telling This To. I'll Tell You All. . ."No one looked like her. No one walked like her. No one talked like her. Sexy yet vulnerable, and unexpectedly talented, she was no ordinary screen goddess. Few really knew her. What others wrote, she called "Lies! Lies! Lies!"Here, at last, is Marilyn Monroe's account, in her own singular voice. It was June 1, 1962, her thirty ... Read more

    $15.29 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lights, Camera, Witchcraft

    A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television

    Follow the Witch Through Decades of American EntertainmentDeviant mistress of the dark arts. Goddess worshipper dancing in the moonlight. Crystal-wielding bookworm with a black hat and broom. We recognize the witch because no industry has been quite so influential in shaping our vision of her as Hollywood. This comprehensive book delves into the fascinating history of witchcraft and witches in ... Read more

    $21.59 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

  • Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book

    The Story of the Making of the Film

    by Mel Brooks ...
    Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary.Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This picture-driven book, ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $3.99 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

  • 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

  • B-Boys: A Children's Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop

    by Lamont Clark ...
    What most people call Breakdancing was originally called B-Boying, one of the five elements of Hip Hop culture.This book teaches children of all ages the origins of B-Boying, from the great tap dancers to James Brown to the movie Flashdance to being done by people all around the world. ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen

    Popular film critic and esteemed cinema historian Leonard Maltin offers a fresh look at underappreciated screen gems in Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. From the over 17,000 entries in his definitive yearly collection Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, Maltin has selected great movies that will appeal to serious film buffs, but that may have fallen through the cracks. A must-have ... Read more

    $12.99 USD