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European Art Cinema

European Art Cinema

1st Edition

John White
November 01, 2016

European art cinema includes some of the most famous films in cinema history. It is elite filmmaking that stands in direct opposition to popular cinema; and yet, it also has an intimate relationship with Hollywood. This guidebook sketches successive phases of art cinema in Europe from its early...

Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

2nd Edition

Tejaswini Ganti
February 13, 2013

'Bollywood' is the dominant global term to refer to the prolific Hindi language film industry in Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995). Characterised by music, dance routines, melodrama, lavish production values and an emphasis on stars and spectacle, Bollywood films have met with box-office success and...

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

1st Edition

Dr Mark Bould
June 12, 2012

Science Fiction explores the genre from 1895 to the present day, drawing on examples from over forty countries. It raises questions about the relationship between science fiction, science and technology, and examines the interrelationships between spectacle, narrative and self-reflexivity, paying...

Crime

Crime

1st Edition

Sarah Casey Benyahia
November 17, 2011

Crime films have, since the earliest days of cinema, been popular with audiences, industry and critics alike and encompassed a diverse range of subjects, styles and themes. The genre provides a range of pleasures for the spectator, from taking on the role of the detective in the pursuit of clues in...

Fantasy

Fantasy

1st Edition

Jacqueline Furby, Claire Hines
September 02, 2011

Fantasy addresses a previously neglected area within film studies. The book looks at the key aesthetics, themes, debates and issues at work within this popular genre and examines films and franchises that illustrate these concerns. Contemporary case studies include: Alice in Wonderland (2010)...

Westerns

Westerns

1st Edition

John White
November 25, 2010

It is a common assertion that the history of America is written in its Westerns, but how true is this? In this guidebook John White discusses the evolution of the Western through history and looks at theoretical and critical approaches to Westerns such as genre analysis, semiotics,...

Documentary

Documentary

1st Edition

David Saunders
April 21, 2010

Dave Saunders’ spirited introduction to documentary covers its history, cultural context and development, and the approaches, controversies and functions pertaining to non-fiction filmmaking. Saunders examines the many methods by which documentary conveys meaning, whilst exploring its differing...

Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

1st Edition

Claire Mortimer
March 26, 2010

Romantic comedy is an enduringly popular genre which has maintained its appeal by constantly evolving, from the screwball comedy to the recent emergence of the bromance. Romantic Comedy examines the history of the genre, considering the social and cultural context for key developments in new genre...

Film Noir: Hard-boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization

Film Noir: Hard-boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization

1st Edition

Jennifer Fay, Justus Nieland
November 13, 2009

The term "film noir" still conjures images of a uniquely American malaise: hard-boiled detectives, fatal women, and the shadowy hells of urban life. But from its beginnings, film noir has been an international phenomenon, and its stylistic icons have migrated across the complex geo-political...

Horror

Horror

1st Edition

Brigid Cherry
February 09, 2009

Horror cinema is a hugely successful, but at the same time culturally illicit genre that spans the history of cinema. It continues to flourish with recent cycles of supernatural horror and torture porn that span the full range of horror styles and aesthetics. It is enjoyed by audiences everywhere,...

Jane Campion

Jane Campion

1st Edition

Deb Verhoeven
December 05, 2008

Jane Campion is one of the most celebrated auteurs of modern cinema and was the first female director to be awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or. Throughout her relatively short career, Campion has received extraordinary attention from the media and scholars alike and has provoked fierce debates on...

James Cameron

James Cameron

1st Edition

Alexandra Keller
September 27, 2006

Featuring excerpts from interviews and frame-by-frame analysis of important scenes from films such as Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic, Alexandra Keller provides the first critical study of James Cameron as an auteur. Considering in particular his treatment of gender and preoccupation...

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