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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,...

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Warhol's Working Class : Pop Art and Egalitarianism

“An outstanding work of scholarship that offers innovative perspectives on some of Warhol’s best-known output. . . . A tour-de-force piece of analysis. . . . Many of the arguments made in his book [are] sure to be taken up by future Warhol scholarship." “Andy Warhol is one of very few widely celebrated artists with a working-class background. . . .Grudin builds on this fact, theorizing on Warhol in terms of social class. Surprisingly...

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Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933

The book serves two essential purposes. First, it clearly establishes the massive contributions Jews made to the establishment of film as an art during the formative years of the motion picture, bringing needed recognition to Jewish producers, directors, composers, and writers. ... Second, it interrogates the concept of the Jewish 'presence. "Prawer’s impressively comprehensive book aims to show ‘some of the ways in which Jews partic...