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  • Star Wars Timelines

    Chart the history of Star Wars in this stunning guide, from the time before the High Republic to the First Order.An indispensable companion for all Star Wars fans, this premium quality ebook displays visual timelines that chronologically map key events, characters, and developments and mark their significance.Track crucial conflicts across the years that affect the galaxy in profound ways. Follow ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • The Queer Art of Failure

    Series series a John Hope Franklin Center Book
    The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives—to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives. Jack Halberstam proposes “low theory” as a mode of thinking and ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Opposable Thumbs

    How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever

    by Matt Singer ...
    **Once upon a time, if you wanted to know if a movie was worth seeing, you didn’t check out Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB.You asked whether Siskel & Ebert had given it “two thumbs up.”**On a cold Saturday afternoon in 1975, two men (who had known each other for eight years before they’d ever exchanged a word) met for lunch in a Chicago pub. Gene Siskel was the film critic for the Chicago Tribune. Roger ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Religion and Film

    Cinema and the Re-creation of the World

    Religion and cinema share a capacity for world making, ritualizing, mythologizing, and creating sacred time and space. Through cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, and other production activities, film takes the world “out there” and refashions it. Religion achieves similar ends by setting apart particular objects and periods of time, telling stories, and gathering people together for communal ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

    The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

    by Mark Seal ...
    This “wickedly pacey page-turner” (Total Film) unfurls the behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Godfather, fifty years after the classic film’s original release.The story of how The Godfather was made is as dramatic, operatic, and entertaining as the film itself. Over the years, many versions of various aspects of the movie’s fiery creation have been told—sometimes conflicting, but always ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Blood, Sweat & Chrome

    The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road

    by Kyle Buchanan ...
    One of Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2022!"New York Times journalist Kyle Buchanan details the bonkers construction of director George Miller's long-awaited and often seemingly-doomed fourth Mad Max movie via testimony from the filmmaker, Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and a host of others. The result is an epic and – when it comes to the Theron-Hardy on-set relationship – acrimonious tale no ... Read more

    $19.99 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

    $16.49 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

  • Pandora's Box

    How Guts, Guile, and Greed Upended TV

    by Peter Biskind ...
    A NEW YORKER BEST BOOKS OF 2023 SELECTION“Biskind’s saga about the rise and fall of prestige television explains, in punchy, propulsive prose, how we went from Tony Soprano to Ted Lasso.” —New YorkerBestselling author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures, cultural critic Peter Biskind turns his eye toward the new golden age of television, sparked by the fall of play-it-safe net ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club

    by Anna Kornbluh ...
    Series series Film Theory in Practice
    Anna Kornbluh provides an overview of Marxist approaches to film, with particular attention to three central concepts in Marxist theory in general that have special bearing on film: “the mode of production,” “ideology,” and “mediation.” In explaining how these concepts operate and how they have been used and misused in film studies, the volume employs a case study to exemplify the practice of ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled

    Series 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

    $23.99 USD

  • 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

  • Below the Stars

    How the Labor of Working Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production

    Despite their considerable presence in Hollywood, extras and working actors have received scant attention within film and media studies as significant contributors to the history of the industry. Looking not to the stars but to these supporting players in film, television, and, recently, streaming programming, Below the Stars highlights such actors as precarious laborers whose work as freelancers ... Read more

    $40.99 USD

  • Red Carpet

    Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy

    **"This is a fascinating book. It will educate you. Schwartzel has done some extraordinary reporting." — The New York Times Book Review“In this highly entertaining but deeply disturbing book, Erich Schwartzel demonstrates the extent of our cultural thrall to China. His depiction of the craven characters, American and Chinese, who have enabled this situation represents a significant feat of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $11.99 USD

  • If Chins Could Kill

    Confessions of a B Movie Actor

    If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor Here we are together in the digital universe. Somehow, you've clicked yourself to this page. If you came here of your own free will and desire, you and I are going to get along just fine.Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to download the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.Am I supposed to know this guy? you ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner

    Series series Film Theory in Practice
    Matthew Flisfeder introduces readers to key concepts in postmodern theory and demonstrates how it can be used for a critical interpretation and analysis of Blade Runner, arguably 'the greatest science fiction film'. By contextualizing the film within the culture of late 20th and early 21st-century capitalism, Flisfeder provides a valuable guide for both students and scholars interested in learning ... Read more

    $23.99 USD

  • Kubrick

    An Odyssey

    The definitive biography of the creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange, presenting the most in-depth portrait yet of the groundbreaking film-maker.The enigmatic and elusive filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has not been treated to a full-length biography in over twenty years.Stanley Kubrick: An Odyssey fills that gap. This definitive book is based on access to the latest ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • Bollywood

    A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

    Series 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

    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 $12.99 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 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

    $18.99 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

    $9.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus