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Routledge Library Editions: Cinema


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Reissuing works originally published between 1914 and 1996, Routledge Library Editions: Cinema offers a selection of scholarship covering the movies. Volumes range from film propaganda to the epic film genre, women in cinema to Soviet cinema, silent film to horror series, and touch on acting, screenwriting and film production among other areas making this a comprehensive collection of previously out-of-print works.

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Materialist Film

Materialist Film

1st Edition

Peter Gidal
October 26, 2016

A polemical introduction to the avant-garde and experimental in film (including making and viewing), Materialist Film is a highly original, thought-provoking book. Thirty-seven short chapters work through a series of concepts which will enable the reader to deal imaginatively with the contradictory...

American Film Exhibition and an Analysis of the Motion Picture Industry's Market Structure 1963-1980

American Film Exhibition and an Analysis of the Motion Picture Industry's Market Structure 1963-1980

1st Edition

Gary Edgerton
June 09, 2016

This study looks at how the movie industry organisation functioned between the late ‘40s and 1983 when it was originally published. It describes the changing role of domestic exhibition through this time and analyses the wider film industry to provide a model of the exhibition structure in relation...

Our Lady Cinema: How and Why I went into the Photo-play World and What I Found There

Our Lady Cinema: How and Why I went into the Photo-play World and What I Found There

1st Edition

Harry Furniss
May 20, 2016

This charming classic of film literature was originally published in 1914 and hence represents an early attempt to catalogue the allure of cinema and how the motion picture industry began. This tale of life in the early days of cinema will be of interest to film historians and anyone interested in...

Mass-Observation at the Movies

Mass-Observation at the Movies

1st Edition

Jeffrey Richards, Dorothy Sheridan
May 20, 2016

The Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), a pioneering independent effort aimed at education, specialised in material about everyday life in Britain and recorded material through a panel of around 500 volunteer observers who maintained diaries or replied to open-ended...

Cinema, Literature & Society: Elite and Mass Culture in Interwar Britain

Cinema, Literature & Society: Elite and Mass Culture in Interwar Britain

1st Edition

Peter Miles, Malcolm Smith
May 20, 2016

During the interwar period cinema and literature seemed to be at odds with each other, part of the continuing struggle between mass and elite culture which so worried writers such as Aldous Huxley, T.S. Eliot and the Leavises. And this cultural divide appeared to be sharp evidence of a deeper...

Visions of Yesterday

Visions of Yesterday

1st Edition

Jeffrey Richards
May 20, 2016

Film is an important source of social history, as well as having been a popular art form from the early twentieth century. This study shows how a society, consciously or unconsciously, is mirrored in its cinema. It considers the role of the cinema in dramatizing popular beliefs and myths, and takes...

The Hollywood Feature Film in Postwar Britain

The Hollywood Feature Film in Postwar Britain

1st Edition

Paul Swann
May 20, 2016

When this book was originally published in 1987, the American feature film had been colonising the world’s imagination for over 75 years and the book studies that experience in Britain, where American films have always dominated cinema screens, both commercially and intellectually. The timeframe is...

The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History

The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History

1st Edition

Timothy Corrigan
May 20, 2016

Given Herzog’s own pronouncement that ‘film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates,’ it is not surprising that his work has aroused ambivalent and contradictory responses. Visually and philosophically ambitious and at the same time provocatively eccentric, Herzog’s films have been greeted...

Off Screen: Women and Film in Italy: Seminar on Italian and American directions

Off Screen: Women and Film in Italy: Seminar on Italian and American directions

1st Edition

Giuliana Bruno, Maria Nadotti
February 28, 2016

This feminist anthology from Italy offers an enriching perspective on cinema studies. Focusing on women’s engagement with political theory and film-making, the book never loses sight of the female experience of cinema. It examines how women have chosen to represent themselves and how they have been...

The British Board of Film Censors: Film Censorship in Britain, 1896-1950

The British Board of Film Censors: Film Censorship in Britain, 1896-1950

1st Edition

James C. Robertson
February 28, 2016

The secrecy in which the British Board of Film Censors enveloped itself until 1948 resulted in a glaring vacuum in British cinematic history. Originally published in 1985, this book filled this important gap, drawing on the detailed registers of films passed, cut and banned since 1913. The book...

Swordsmen of the Screen: From Douglas Fairbanks to Michael York

Swordsmen of the Screen: From Douglas Fairbanks to Michael York

1st Edition

Jeffrey Richards
February 28, 2016

This fascinating study of the genre of swashbuckling films received wide critical acclaim when it was first published in 1977. Jeffrey Richards assesses the contributions to the genre of directors, designers and fencing masters, as well as of the stars themselves, and devotes several chapters to...

A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series

A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series

1st Edition

Ken Hanke
January 21, 2016

In this book the author takes a fresh look at horror film series as series and presents an understanding of how the genre thrived in this format for a large portion of its history. It sheds light on older films such as the Universal and the Hammer series films on Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy...

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