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Regarding Life
Regarding Life (October 2016)
Animals and the Documentary Moving Image
Belinda Smaill - Author

Contends that the narrative and aesthetic qualities of the documentary genre enable new understandings of animals and animal/human relationships.

As indicated by the success of such films as March of the Penguins and Food, Inc., the documentary has become the preeminent format for rendering animals and nature onscreen. In Regarding Life, Belinda Smaill brings together examples from a broad array of moving ima...(Read More)
 
 
Looking with Robert Gardner
Looking with Robert Gardner (September 2016)
Rebecca Meyers - Editor
William Rothman - Editor
Charles Warren - Editor

Assesses the range and magnitude of Robert Gardner’s achievements as a filmmaker, photographer, writer, educator, and champion of independent cinema.
During his lifetime, Robert Gardner (1925–2014) was often pigeonholed as an ethnographic filmmaker, then criticized for failing to conform to the genre’s conventions—conventions he radically challenged. With the release of his groundbreaking film Dead Bi...(Read More)
 
 
Doing Time
Doing Time (June 2016)
Temporality, Hermeneutics, and Contemporary Cinema
Lee Carruthers - Author

Proposes that cinematic time is not a fixed idea, but a dynamic exchange between film and viewer.

Doing Time addresses two areas of interest in recent film study—film temporality and film philosophy—to propose an innovative theorization of cinematic time that sees it as a dynamic process of engagement, or something we do as viewers. This active relation to cinematic time, which discloses a film&r...(Read More)
 
 
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities (June 2016)
The Biopic and American National Identity
William H. Epstein - Editor
R. Barton Palmer - Editor

How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.

Biopics—films that chronicle the lives of famous and notorious figures from our national history—have long been one of Hollywood’s most popular and important genres, offering viewers various understandings of American national identity. Invented Lives, Imagined Communities provides the f...(Read More)
 
 
Encounters with Godard
Encounters with Godard (June 2016)
Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics
James S. Williams - Author

A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film aesthetics and ethics.

Encounters with Godard takes the reader on a personal voyage into the sensory pleasures and polyphonic rhythms of Jean-Luc Godard’s multimedia work since the late 1970s, from his feature films and video essays to his published writings, art books, and media performances. Godard, s...(Read More)
 
 
Ghost Faces
Ghost Faces (March 2016)
Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity
David Greven - Author

FINALIST - 2017 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBTQ Nonfiction category, presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation

Combines psychoanalysis, queer theory, masculinity studies, and cultural studies to explore contemporary manhood in film.

Ghost Faces explores the insidious nature of homophobia even in contemporary Hollywood films that promote their own homo-tolerance and appear to destabilize hegem...(Read More)
 
 
A Very Old Machine
A Very Old Machine (November 2015)
The Many Origins of the Cinema in India
Sudhir Mahadevan - Author

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.
In A Very Old Machine, Sudhir Mahadevan shows how Indian cinema’s many origins in the technologies and practices of the nineteenth century continue to play a vital and broad function in its twenty-first-century present. He proposes that there has never been a singular cinema in India; r...(Read More)
 
 
Binghamton Babylon
Binghamton Babylon (September 2015)
Voices from the Cinema Department, 1967-1977
Scott M. MacDonald - Author
J. Hoberman - Foreword by

Documents a volatile and productive moment in the development of film studies.

In Binghamton Babylon, Scott M. MacDonald documents one of the crucial moments in the history of cinema studies: the emergence of a cinema department at what was then the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University) between 1967 and 1977. The department brought together a group of faculty and students ...(Read More)
 
 
Bombay before Bollywood
Bombay before Bollywood (March 2015)
Film City Fantasies
Rosie Thomas - Author

Traces the development of Indian cinema from the 1920s to the mid-1990s, before “Bollywood” erupted onto the world stage.

Bombay before Bollywood offers a fresh, alternative look at the history of Indian cinema. Avoiding the conventional focus on India’s social and mythological films, Rosie Thomas examines the subaltern genres of the “magic and fighting films”—the fantas...(Read More)
 
 
Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors
Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors (November 2014)
The Child Villains of Horror Film
Dominic Lennard - Author

Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children.

Since the 1950s, children have provided some of horror’s most effective and enduring villains, from dainty psychopath Rhoda Penmark of The Bad Seed (1956) and spectacularly possessed Regan MacNeil of The Exorcist (1973) to psychic ghost-girl Samara of The Ring (2002) and adopted terror Esther of ...(Read More)
 
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