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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema
The first decade of the 21st century has seen a renaissance in South American cinema. This new generation of filmmakers has won prizes at major film festivals, been nominated for Oscars, and captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. This book features interviews with the most significant voices of this Latin new wave. Softcover, 421 pp. $30.00.
Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging
Films often act as prisms that refract the issues facing a nation, and Turkish cinema in particular distills and reflects the cultural and social challenges of modern-day Turkey. In this, the first comprehensive study of the cinema of Turkey to be published in English, acclaimed film scholar Gonul Donmez-Colin examines the way that national cinema reveals the Turkish quest for a modern identity. Softcover, 268 pp. $42.00.
African Film and Literature
Against a detailed history of film's savage introduction and exploitation by colonial powers in two very different African contexts, this book examines the complex ways in which African filmmakers are preserving, mediating, and critiquing their own cultures while seeking a united vision of the future. Softcover, 334 pp. $40.50.
Hollywood Undercover is a rollicking, name-dropping, often hilarious insider's chronicle by a man who accidentally became a movie star. Softcover, 235 pp. $21.95.
East Asian Cinema
This book provides an ideal reference work on all the major directors, with details of their films and checklists for the films of each country, useful for both ardent fan and serious student alike. It explores the common cultural heritage of the countries and their mutual influence. The films of China, Japan and Korea, for example, reflect their shared Buddhist and Confucian heritage. The films of China and North Korea are conditioned by Communist ideology. Early Korean cinema was dominated by the effects of Japanese colonial domination, and the Japanese cinema greatly influenced that of Taiwan. Softcover, 254 pp. $24.95.
British War Films: 1939-1945
The cinema was the most popular form of entertainment during the Second World War. Feature films about the forces, such as Target for Tonight, In Which We Serve and The Way Ahead, shaped the British people's perceptions of the conflict. British War Films: 1939-1945 relates how, with service participation, these pictures came to be made and how they were received. Softcover, 244 pp. $30.95.
The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand
Geoff Mayer & Keith Beatty
The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand celebrates the commercially successful narrative feature films produced by these two film cultures as well as key documentaries, shorts and independent films. This coverage also invokes issues involving national identity, race, history and the ability of two small film cultures to survive the economic and cultural threat from Hollywood. Softcover, 259 pp. $35.95.
The Cinema of Russia and the Former Soviet Union
The Cinema of Russia and the Former Soviet Union ranges from the pre-Revolutionary period to the present day. It offers an insight into the development of Soviet film, from 'the most important of all arts' as a propaganda tool to a means of entertainment in the Stalin era, from the rise of its 'dissident' art-house cinema in the 1960s through the glasnost era with its broken taboos to recent Russian blockbusters. Softcover, 283 pp. $35.95.
A New Guide to Italian Cinema
Carlo Celli & Marga Cottino-Jones
This guide retains earlier editions' interest in renowned films and
directors but is also attentive to popular cinema, the films which
actually achieved box office success among the Italian public. The Guide introduces
the Italian cinema not just as a 20th century phenomenon but as an
expression of the deeper roots of Italy's historic, cultural, and literary
past. The aim of the book is to provide the cinephile, student, teacher,
or fan with a guide where points of interest may be identified and
studied with clarity. Softcover, 234 pp. $27.95.
Film Propaganda in Britain and Nazi Germany: World War II Cinema
In Film Propaganda in Britain and Nazi Germany, Jo Fox compares how each country exploited their national cinema for political purposes. Through an investigation of shorts and feature films, the author looks at how both political propaganda films and escapist cinema were critical in maintaining morale, and how this changed throughout the war. While both countries shared certain similarities in their wartime propaganda films -- a harking back to a glorious historic past, for example -- the thematic differences reveal important distinctions between cultures. This book offers new insight into the shifting pattern of morale during World War II and highlights a key moment in propaganda film history. Softcover, 358 pp. $36.95.
Pocket Essential Australian Film
Australia has always been at the forefront of the film industry, giving birth
to the world's very first fiction and documentary features, and a host of international
stars, directors and first rate crews. This book analyses over 80 significant
works from silent through to contemporary cinema, considering their technical
innovation and recurring themes. The diverse range of films include The
History of the Kelly Gang, Walkabout, Picnic
at Hanging Rock, Mad Max, My Brilliant Career, The
Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Dead Calm, Shine, Rabbit-Proof
Fence, Chopper, Moulin Rouge and recent
controversial horror, Wolf Creek. Softcover, 160 pp. $9.95.
Pocket Essential Great British Movies
Don Shiach has attempted to encapsulate in this volume the peaks
of the British film achievement from the beginning of the sound era to
the first decade of the 21st century. The giant figures of the 1930s, Alfred
Hitchcock and Alexander Korda, set a standard for the domestic film industry
in its attempt to challenge the domination of the Hollywood film. Great
British Movies makes a fascinating read, a useful reference book
and a must for all fans of British cinema. Softcover, 160 pp. $9.95.
Hollywood Politics and Society
This book concludes with a look at the politics of show business, addressing
links between Hollywood and political activism, and films such as The
Candidate and Bulworth that have themselves engaged with the
political process. Wheeler considers the irony that despite the fact
that Hollywood is perceived as a bastion of liberalism the two most
famous actors-turned-politicians have been Ronald Reagan and Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Softcover, 188 pp. $36.95.
Hollywood and War : The Film Reader
J. David Slocum
This film reader broadens the reader's understanding of the longstanding
and pivotal relationship between war and cinema by bringing together
key theoretical texts from a range of critical perspectives. Contributors
explore how the images, narratives, and myths of war cinema have influenced,
and, in turn, been influenced by, American social, political, and economic
development since the late nineteenth century. Softcover, 372 pp. $38.95.
in British and Irish Cinema
This unique volume presents a comprehensive reference guide to directors who
have worked in the British and Irish film industries between 1895 and 2006. The
book is packed with fascinating facts, critical summaries and invaluable contextualising
details. It will be an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in film-making
in Britain and Ireland. Softcover, 644 pp. $55.95.
Star Is Found
Janet Hirschenson & Jane Jenkins
Taking us from the first casting call through head shots, auditions, meetings,
and desperate searches to fill a part, A Star Is Found gives
readers behind-the scenes access to the machinery of star-making. Recounting
their remarkable shared career that started at Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope
studio, the authors tell the funny and fascinating stories of discovering and
casting then-unknown stars like Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio,
John Cusack, Matt Damon, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Brendan Fraser, Virginia
Madsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Meg Ryan, and Benicio Del Toro, as well as share insights
about the many famous directors for whom they've worked. Hardcover, 307 pp. $18.95.
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