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Borderland Films: American Cinema, Mexico, and Canada During the Progressive Era

“This beautifully written, interdisciplinary analysis combines cutting-edge borderlands scholarship with a close analysis of a unique genre in the late Progressive Era American film industry. It examines the many ways that films about the northern and southern edges of the United States portrayed and explained racial tensions. It is an important and welcome addition to North American borderlands historiography.”—Sheila McManus, autho...

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Agnes Varda between Film, Photography, and Art

"DeRoo’s book provides a yet untold counter-reading of Varda’s works. Her interpretations are acutely attentive, acknowledging the many sites of emotional, generic, aesthetic, and political complexity that arise as a result of Varda’s use of multimedia." "DeRoo’s work is a welcome and significant contribution to scholarship on a still too-neglected filmmaker and has much to offer those wanting an introduction to Varda and key issues ...

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Rogue Leaders: The Story of Lucas Arts

In 1982, George Lucas saw potential in the fledgling videogame industry and created his own interactive-entertainment company. Twenty-five years and dozens of award-winning games later, LucasArts has earned a prestigious place in the industry and in the hearts of gamers everywhere. Rogue Leaders is the first substantive survey of a videogame companya deluxe compilation that traces its history through never-before-published interviews...

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Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling

“Reinventing Hollywood shows how risk-taking screenwriters and directors of the 1940s introduced storytelling strategies taken from modernist novels and avant-garde theater, enriching movies with their use of unreliable narrators and flashbacks within flashbacks. . . . No dry encyclopedia of cinematic tropes, this is a delectable menu of narrative techniques that maximize the complexity and depth of a plot. . . . As invaluable to sto...

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Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity

"Field’s book is, at once, an unprecedented reading of an important set of films and analysis of those works and their effects on filmmakers working in their wake ... and a manifesto and model for doing cinema history when film texts themselves are lost. The detail and depth of Field’s work will make it of most interest to specialists, but her clear writing and organization makes her impressive research accessible to undergraduates a...

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The Cinema of the Soviet Thaw: Space, Materiality, Movement

This is a sophisticated and often fascinating look at five key films of the 1960s. . . . Lida Oukaderova brings a wealth of diverse theoretical perspectives to each of the chapters, from Metz to Irigaray, Benjamin to Lefebvre. But just as impressive are convincingly drawn links between these Soviet films and some of the most important West European works of the time.

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In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000

This is a collection of essays by a variety of authors who all share an obvious love and serious obsession with Mystery Science Theater 3000. These essays delve into some expected subjects like the culture of riffing and bad movies, but also include an extensive analysis of Gypsy and gender roles, as well as an examination of Cambots impact on the show. In all, there are twenty five different essays included in this collection, each ...

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Bed and Sofa: The Film Companion

Bed and Sofa (1927) was directed by Abram Room and remains his most-well known film. It tells the story of a menage a trois (a very daring plot for the Soviet cinema in the 1920s), one woman (Liuda) and two men (Volodia and Kolia). The two men were friends during the Revolution and meet up when Volodia attempts to find living space in Moscow, where Kolia and Liuda live a married life. Kolia treats his wife as a child and she lives en...

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Photography, History, Difference

"This collection engages with an impressive array of sources to propose a welcome expansion of the notion of 'difference' in photography. . . . Beyond the deconstruction of the white male Western gaze, what is offered here is a more radical decentering of 'photography, ' envisioned both in its infinite historical diversity and as a global apparatus of visuality."--Francois Brunet, professor of art and literature of the United States,...