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Brute Force
Brute Force (November 2019)
Animal Horror Movies
Dominic Lennard - Author

Considers how dangerous beasts in horror films illuminate the human-animal relationship.

It’s always been a wild world, with humans telling stories of killer animals as soon as they could tell stories at all. Movies are an especially popular vehicle for our fascination with fierce creatures. In Brute Force, Dominic Lennard takes a close look at a range of cinematic animal at...(Read More)
 
 
Cinematic Skepticism
Cinematic Skepticism (November 2019)
Across Digital and Global Turns
Jeroen Gerrits - Author

Drawing on the film-philosophies of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze, argues that skepticism is an ethical problem that pervades contemporary film.

Because of its automatic way of recording reality, film has a privileged relation to the problem of skepticism. If early film theorists celebrate cinema for overcoming skeptical doubt about the power of human vision, recent film-philosophers argue that our postphotographic, digital...(Read More)
 
 
Tuitions and Intuitions
Tuitions and Intuitions (November 2019)
Essays at the Intersection of Film Criticism and Philosophy
William Rothman - Author

Makes the case that philosophy has an essential role to play in the serious study of film.

William Rothman has long been considered one of the seminal figures in the field of film-philosophy. From his landmark book Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, now in its second edition, to the essays collected here in Tuitions and Intuitions, Rothman has been guided by two intuitions: first, that his kind of film criticism is philosop...(Read More)
 
 
Sounds Like Helicopters
Sounds Like Helicopters (October 2019)
Classical Music in Modernist Cinema
Matthew Lau - Author

Explores how modernist films use classical music in ways that restore the music’s original subversive energy.

Classical music masterworks have long played a key supporting role in the movies—silent films were often accompanied by a pianist or even a full orchestra playing classical or theatrical repertory music—yet the complexity of this role has thus far been underappreciated. ...(Read More)
 
 
Forms of Disappointment
Forms of Disappointment (September 2019)
Cuban and Angolan Narrative after the Cold War
Lanie Millar - Author

Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.

In Forms of Disappointment, Lanie Millar traces the legacies of anti-imperial solidarity in Cuban and Angolan novels and films after 1989. Cuba’s intervention in Angola’s post-independence civil war from 1976 to 1991 was ...(Read More)
 
 
The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage
The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage (August 2019)
Intellectuals and Film in the Twentieth Century
Adela Pineda Franco - Author

Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.

The first major social revolution of the twentieth century, the Mexican Revolution was visually documented in technologically novel ways and to an unprecedented degree during its initial armed phase (1910–21) and the subsequent years of reconstruction (1921–40). Offering a ...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy-Screens
Philosophy-Screens (July 2019)
From Cinema to the Digital Revolution
Mauro Carbone - Author
Marta Nijhuis - Translator

Draws from twentieth-century French thought on film and aesthetics to address the philosophical significance of the pervasiveness of screens in contemporary technological life as well as the mutation of philosophy that such a pervasiveness seems to require.

In The Flesh of Images, Mauro Carbone analyzed Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and modern painting as it relates to hi...(Read More)
 
 
An Archive of the Catastrophe
An Archive of the Catastrophe (June 2019)
The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann's Shoah
Jennifer Cazenave - Author

Comprehensive analysis of 220 hours of outtakes that impels us to reexamine our assumptions about a crucial Holocaust documentary.

Honorable Mention, 2020 Best First Book Award presented by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 magnum opus, Shoah, is a canonical documentary on the Holocaust—and in film history. Over the course of twe...(Read More)
 
 
From El Dorado to Lost Horizons
From El Dorado to Lost Horizons (April 2019)
Traditionalist Films in the Hollywood Renaissance, 1967-1972
Ken Windrum - Author

Investigates how musicals, war films, sex comedies, and Westerns dealt with contentious issues during a time of change in Hollywood.

The era known as the Hollywood Renaissance is celebrated as a time when revolutionary movies broke all the rules of the previous “classical” era as part of the ferment of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Yet many films during this era did not overtly smash the system but provided more tr...(Read More)
 
 
Rumble and Crash
Rumble and Crash (February 2019)
Crises of Capitalism in Contemporary Film
Milo Sweedler - Author

Analyzes six films as allegories of capitalism’s precarious state in the early twenty-first century.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, as the contradictions of capitalism became more apparent than at any other time since the 1920s, numerous films gave allegorical form to the crises of contemporary capitalism. Some films were overtly political in nature, while others refracted the vicissitudes of capital in stor...(Read More)
 
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