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Spectatorship: The Power of Looking On
Spectatorship: The Power of Looking On cuts a path through the dense undergrowth of the contemporary debate on spectatorship. But what does it actually mean that spectatorship involves our sharing in or witnessing the private, painful or intimate acts of others, or that it depends upon our enjoyment of events that often represent a break with legal or social mores? This study explores these and related issues via detailed consideration of Hollywood classics such as Double Indemnity (1944). Softcover, 139 pp. $28.95.
the Movies and "Movie Mad" Audiences, 1910-1914
This study provides the richest and most nuanced picture to date of cinema--both
movies and movie-going--in the United States in the early 1910's. At the same
time, it makes clear the profound relationship between early cinema and the construction
of a national identity in this important transitional period. Softcover, 373
Film Writing and Selected Journalism
Witty, probing, lacerating in his moral criticisms, eloquent in his admiration
of filmmakers from Charlin Chaplin to John Huston, Agee is a critic who engages
the reader no matter what subject he is writing about. This volume contains the
full text of Agee on Film along with a trove of other previously
uncollected reviews, Agee's screenplay for Charles Laughton's gothic masterpiece The
Night of the Hunter, and a fascinating selection of Agee's penetrating
journalism and book reviews. Hardcover, 748 pp. $56.00.
A Theory of Narrative
In order to understand human interaction, award-winning scholar Rick Altman launches a close study of narrative's nature, its variation in different contexts, and the method through which it makes meaning. He employs inventive terminology and precise analytical methods throughout his groundbreaking work, making this volume ideal for teaching literary and film theory and for exploring the anatomy of narrative on a more general level. Softcover, 377 pp. $33.95.
Because silent cinema is widely perceived as having been exactly that -- silent
-- no one has fully examined how sound was used to accompany the films of this
era. Silent Film Sound reconsiders all aspects of sound practices
during the entire silent film period. Based on extensive original research and
accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, the book challenges the assumptions of
earlier histories of this period in film and reveals the complexity and swiftly
changing nature of American silent cinema. Hardcover, 462 pp. $70.00.
Using a variety of critical approaches, Understanding Realism examines
the complex relationship between the moving image and appearance and reality.
Deploying the films One Fine Day and Clerks as
major case studies, Richard Armstrong's in depth treatment considers in turn
the roles that narrative, genre, audience and ideology play in relation to realism
in mainstream Hollywood and US independent film. He also discusses how it is
possible to reconcile the impression that what is being watched is reality with
the knowledge that it is not. Softcover, 141 pp. $23.95.
While volumes upon volumes have been written since Rudolf Arnheim
Film as Art, it has nevertheless endured as the definitive
discussion of the formal and perceptual dynamics of cinema. Originally
published in 1957,
but still an essential volume in any serious film studies library,
Film as Art is a vertitable classic of film theory. Softcover,
230 pp. $22.95.
by the Bay
In the early 1970s the San Francisco Bay Area film community exploded with a
proliferation of California-schooled independent filmmakers and the founding
of several new studios. Cinema by the Bay profiles the Bay Area's
studios and directors, taking the reader on a guided tour through their histories
and films, and includes filmographies, milestones, awards, and trivia. Softcover,
and the Blacklist
The Intimate Memoir of a Hollywood Expatriate
This memoir, written by a blacklisted writer, fizzes with the wit and energy
found in the classic Hollywood comedies of the forties. However, it is also laced
with the claustrophobic dread of film noir as the author recalls being driven
from Hollywood -- during the post-war McCarthyite witch-hunt -- into an emotionally
difficult 30-year exile in France. Hardcover, 464 pp. $40.95.
Film scholar Jeanine Basinger offers 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
misrepresented, unfairly dismissed, or forgotten. Softcover, 497 pp. $38.95.
What is Cinema?
Originally published in the 1940s and 50s, Andre Bazin's revelatory essays on film aesthetics appeared in a variety of journals of the day. When they were finally compiled in 1958, Qu'est que le cinema? became an immediate classic and would go on to become one of the most enduring volumes in the canon of post-war film theory. In this stunning new translation -- which corrects, for the first time, various ambiguities and inaccuracies -- all of the major essays from Bazin's magnum opus (including one in English for the first time!) have been collection in a beautiful, hard-bound volume. Hardcover, 338 pp. $50.00.
Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film
Addressing representation and identity in a variety of production styles and genres, including experimental film and documentary, independent and mainstream film, and television drama, Filming Difference poses fundamental questions about the ways in which the art and craft of filmmaking force creative people to confront stereotypes and examine their own identities while representing the complexities of their subjects. Softcover, 378 pp. $34.95.
Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of the Independent Film
In this follow-up to his enormously successful Easy Riders,
Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind chronicles the rise of independent
filmmakers and the twin engines -- Sundance and Mirimax -- that have
powered them. Much like its predecessor, this book is full of fascinating
detail, larger-than-life characters, and outrageous anecdotes. Above
all, Down and Dirty Pictures is compulsively readable, and a
must for anyone interested in the seismic changes in the film industry
over the past 15 years. Softcover, 544 pp. $22.00.
and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood
Kimberly A. Blessing & Paul J. Tudico
Movies and the Meaning of Life takes an in-depth look at some
of the most popular, controversial, and resonant films of recent years, expertly
extracting their relevance to the most profound meaning-of-life questions. Films
discussed include: Memento, Waking Life, Fight
Club, American Beauty, The Shawshank Redemption, Minority
Report, Spider-Man, and Chasing Amy.
Softcover, 302 pp. $24.50.
Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos
This book is a celebration of nearly a century of images of Italians in American
motion pictures and their often under-appreciated, underpraised, and truly remarkable
contribution to popular culture. Distinguished scholar Peter Bondanella reflects
on the major figures -- both stars and filmmakers -- and discusses scores of
significant films. Hardcover, 352 pp. $38.95.
Authorship in Film Adaptation
Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. Authorship in Film Adaptation is an accessible, provocative text that opens up new areas of discussion on the central process of adaptation surrounding the screenplay and screenwriter-director collaboration. Softcover, 341 pp. $30.50.
Film Art: An Introduction
David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson
Ever since the first edition was published in 1979, Film Art has been the most widely read and respected introduction to film study. Emphasizing how artistic purposes guide form and technique, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson help students develop analytical skills that will enrich their understanding of any film. This ninth edition is generously illustrated with frame enlargements from hundreds of films and it includes a tutorial CD-ROM with film clips, commentaries, and quizes. Softcover, 519 pp. $109.00.
Poetics of Cinema
Bringing together twenty-five years of work on what he has called the "historical
poetics of cinema," David Bordwell here presents an extended analysis of
a key question for film studies: how are films made, in particular historical
contexts, in order to achieve certain effects? For Bordwell, films are made things,
existing within historical contexts, and aim to create determinate effects. Beginning
with this central thesis, Bordwell works out a full understanding of how films
recast both cultural and cross-cultural influences for their cinematic purposes.
Softcover, 495 pp. $47.50.
Way Hollywood Tells It
Hollywood moviemaking is one of the constants of American life, but how much
has it changed since the glory days of the big studios? David Bordwell argues
that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive
and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. He traces the continuity of this
tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960. In all, this book provides
a vivid and engaging interpretation of how Hollywood moviemakers have created
a tradition of cinematic storytelling that continues to engage audiences around
the world. Softcover, 298 pp. $29.95.
Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging
This marvelous book is a detailed consideration of how cinematic staging
carries the story, expresses emotion, and beguiles the audience through
pictoral composition. Ranging over the entire history of cinema and
illustrating his discussion with more than 500 frame enlargements,
David Bordwell focuses
on four filmmakers' unique contributions to the technique.
Softcover, 314 pp. $34.95.
Food: Essays on Food and Film
Anne L. Bower
In a series of genre-jumping essays, this eccentric yet erudite
anthology examines the rich intersection between food and film studies.
Twenty-one chapters spans three
sections -- Cooking up Cultural Values, Focus on Gender -- The Body,
Spirit, and Making Movies, Making Meals -- making for a comprehensive
analysis, which will appeal to a broad range of readers. Softcover, 353 pp. $37.95.
Power, and Transformation in Cinema
Academic discussions of modernity have long acknowledged the relationship between
movies and crowds; however, there has never been a detailed investigation of
the pairing, until now. Using the ideas from Elias Canetti's Crowds of
Power as a starting point, Lesley Brill has written this intelligent
and invigorating analysis of this intricate and important cinematic connection.
Softcover, 279 pp. $43.00.
Britton on Film: The Complete Film Criticism of Andrew Britton
When Andrew Britton focused his intelligence and erudition on the subject of film, the resulting criticism was fresh, stimulating, and always highly serious. Collected here for the first time are his complete works. The subjects that he tackles run the gamut -- from Hitchcock, postmodernism, and Godard, to horror films, feminism, and Cary Grant, just to name a few. This collection is a treasure trove of insights by a critic of formidable power. Softcover, 533 pp. $55.95.
Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture
Long before the cultural tumult of the sixties, Disney films preached
pacifism, introduced generations to the notion of feminism, offered
the screen's first drug-trip imagery, encouraged young people to become
runaways, insisted on the need for integration, advanced the notion
of a sexual revolution, and offered several other radical alternatives
to the mainstream. In this highly original book, Douglas Brode argues
that Disney, more than any other influence in popular culture, should
be considered the primary creator of the sixties counterculture. Softcover,
252 pp. $34.95.
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