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Postcards From the Cinema
Postcards from the Cinema turns a history of cinema into a profound meditation on the art and politics of film. Daney's passionate and lucid engagement with film, combined with his concern for journalistic clarity, effectively created film criticism as a genre. The first book-length translation of Daney's work, Postcards from the Cinema is a testimony to a life lived with a fierce love for film. Softcover, 149 pp. $31.00.
Out at the Movies: A History of Gay Cinema
Steven Paul Davies
Out at the Movies looks back, decade by decade, at the history of gay cinema, celebrating films which have defined the genre. Indie films, the avant-garde, sex on screen, bad guys, lesbian lovers, transgender films, camp comedies, musicals and gay rom-coms -- all are featured here. As well as highlighting key movements and triumphs in gay cinema, the author includes information on gay filmmakers and actors, and their influence within the industry. Softcover, 208 pp. $33.95.
Afterglow: A Last
Conversation with Pauline Kael
Davis, a contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly, shares a most illuminating
and candid interview with the most passionate and iconoclastic of film critics
shortly before her death in September 2001. She talks about her long life and
love of and disenchantment with cinema. A fascinatingly thought provoking book
for the movie fan. Hardcover, $27.50; softcover, $21.95.
and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American
Peter Decherney's innovative book reveals a forgotten chapter in the history
of Hollywood and American culture as he unearths the surprising connections between
movie moguls, museum directors, avant-garde filmmakers, professors, wealthy philanthropists,
and U.S. intelligence agencies. Softcover, 269 pp. $25.95.
World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics in Film
Stephanie Dennison & Song Hwee Lim
With films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Oldboy, Goodbye
Lenin and the Motorcycle Diaries, the state and popularity
of world cinema has rarely been healthier. Through 16 chapters contributed by
leading international film scholars, Remapping World Cinema: Identity,
Culture and Politics in Film explores many of the key critical and theoretical
approaches and debates to this fluid and ever-increasing field of study, including
race, stardom and colonialism, as well as national cinemas' relationship with
Hollywood. Covering a broad scope, this collection examines the cinemas of Europe,
East Asia, India, Africa and Latin America, and will be over interest to scholars
and students of film studies, cultural studies and postcolonial studies, as well
as to film enthusiasts keen to explore a wider range of world cinema. Softcover,
202 pp. $32.95.
Movies, Love and Memory
Marijke De Valck & Malte Hagener
This anthology explores new periods, practices and definitions of what it means
to love the cinema. The essays demonstrate that beyond individualist immersion
in film, typical in the cinephilia as it was popular from the 1950s to the 1970s,
a new type of cinephilia has emerged since the 1980s, practiced by a new generation
of equally devoted, but quite differently networked cinephiles. The film lover
of today embraces and uses new technology while also nostalgically remembering
and caring for outdated media formats. He is a hunter-collector as much as a
merchant-trader, a duped consumer as much as a media-savvy producer. Softcover,
236 pp. $41.95.
This is a timely and contentious account of the last twenty-five years of American
cinema. Ben Dickenson tells the story of the corporate take-over of the movies
in the 1970s, and the subsequent transformation of Hollywood into the dominant
force in the global media industry. Writing from the intersection where politics,
society and cinema meet, he explores the effect of such changes on liberal and
radical filmmakers, including Warren Beatty, Michael Moore, and Sean Penn. Softcover,
216 pp. $36.95.
Screening Gender, Framing Genre: Canadian Literature into Film
In Screening Gender, Framing Genre, Peter Dickinson examines
the history and theory of films adapted from Canadian literature through the
lens of gender studies. Unique in its discussion of different adaptations, including
films based on novels, plays, poetry, and Native orature, this study offers new
readings of works by such well-known Canadian authors as Margaret Atwood, Marie-Claire
Blais, and Michael Ondaatje, and by such important Canadian filmmakers as Mireille
Dansereau, Claude Jutra, Robert LePage, and Bruce McDonald. Hardcover, $45.00.
Constructions of Heterosexuality in the Cinema
Wheeler Winston Dixon
Practically all mainstream cinema is "straight", and has been since
its inception. In Straight, Wheeler Winston Dixon explores how
heterosexual performativity has been constructed in film, from early cinema to
the present day. In addition to discussing how cinematic visions of masculine
and feminine desire have been commodified and sold to reinforce existing societal
constructs, Dixon also documents the recent emergence of "hypermasculinity",
a kinetic and exaggerated masculinity that has been created to counter the more
gentle, thoughtful male portrayed in While You Were Sleeping, Sleepless
in Seattle, and other films that seemingly threaten the established
order of patriarchal cinematic discourse. Softcover, 204 pp. $28.95.
Visions of Paradise: Images of Eden in the Cinema
Winston Wheeler Dixon
Illustrated throughout with intriguing, rare stills and organized to provide
historical context, Visions of Paradise surveys a huge array of
films that have offered us glimpses of life free from strife, devoid
of pain and privation, and full of harmony. Many of the films discussed
are from the 1960s -- perhaps the most edenic decade in cinema
-- and their optimism continues to resonate today, offering a tonic
to the darker visions that have replaced them. Softcover, 220 pp.
in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood
Wheeler Winston Dixon
This book reveals two 1950s: an era glorified in Hollywood movies and a darker
reality reflected in the esoteric films of the decade. Renowned film scholar
Wheeler Winston Dixon turns to the margins -- the television shows and films
of a hidden Hollywood -- to offer an authentic view of the 1950s that counters
the Tinsel-town version. Softcover, 209 pp. $43.95.
and Television after 9/11
Wheeler Winston Dixon
In this volume, editor Wheeler Winston Dixon and eleven
other distinguished film scholars discuss the production, reception,
and distribution of Hollywood
and foreign films after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and
how moviemaking has changed to reflect the new world climate. Softcover,
262 pp. $49.50.
of the Apocalypse: Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema
Wheeler Winston Dixon
Visions of the Apocalypse examines the cinema's fascination with the prospect
of nuclear and/or natural annihilation, as seen in such films as Saving Private
Ryan, Bowling for Columbine, We Were Soldiers, Invasion
U.S.A, The Last War, Tidal Wave, The Bed Sitting Room, The
Last Days of Man on Earth and numerous others. Softcover, 169 pp. $28.95.
Cinema: The Film Reader
Wheeler Winston Dixon & Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Divided into four section -- The Orgins of the American Avant-Garde, The 1960s
Experimental Cinema Explosion, Structuralism in the 1970s, and Alternative Cinemas
-- this anthology of essays illuminates the key periods in the evolution of experimental
cinema. Filmmakers discussed include: Stan Brakhage, Michael Snow, Andy Warhol,
Kenneth Anger, Hollis Frampton, Jack Smith, and many others. Softcover, 356 pp.
This collection of interviews brings together major Hollywood directors and actors,
independent filmmakers, screenwriters, and others to discuss the art, craft,
and business of making movies. Whether it be Clint Eastwood or Francis Ford Coppola,
Vittorio Storaro or Dede Allen, these filmmakers detail how the strive for quality,
the price they pay to do so, and how new technologies and the business aspects
of filmmaking impact all aspects of their creativity. Taken together, the interviews
reveal much about filmmaking practices in and out of Hollywood. Softcover, 346
Emergence of Cinematic Time
Mary Ann Doane
It this ambitious and highly original work, Mary Ann Doane examines
the connection between cinema and temporality during the late modern
(late nineteenth and early twentieth century) period. Drawing from
philosophy, history, art history, and film studies, this scholarly
text will provide fascinating reading for anyone seriously interested
in visual culture. Softcover, 288 pp. $35.95.
Bad Bitches and Sassy Supermamas
This lively study explores the sexualized, subordinate positioning of women in low-budget blaxploitation action films as well as more seriously radical films, in which black women are typically portrayed as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes. This is a close examination of a distinct moment in the history of African American representation in popular cinema, tracing its emergence out of a radical political era, influenced especially by the Black Power movement and feminism. Softcover, 166 pp. $29.95.
Bodies: Film Stars and Society
Richard Dyer's classic and highly influencial study of film celebrity has been
reissued in this second edition as a testament to the enduring appeal of cinema's
major stars. Through subtle readings of their films and a wealth of backround
material, he surveys the career of three major stars, in as many chapters: Marilyn
Monroe and Sexuality, Paul Robeson: Crossing Over, and Judy Garland and Gay Men.
Softcover, 210 pp. $35.95.
The idea of entertainment is a guiding principle for both makers and audiences
of films, television programs and other media. Yet, while entertainment is often
derided or praised, the concept itself is often taken for granted. Only
Entertainment explores entertainment as entertainment, asking how and
whether an emphasis on the primacy of pleasure sets it apart from other forms
of art. Softcover, $34.95.
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