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Funny How?
Funny How? (April 2020)
Sketch Comedy and the Art of Humor
Alex Clayton - Author

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

What makes something funny? This book shows how humor can be analyzed without killing the joke. Alex Clayton argues that the brevity of a sketch or skit and its typical rejection of narrative development make it comedy-concentrate, providing a rich field for exploring how humor works. Focusing on a dozen or so skits and scenes, Clayto...(Read More)
 
 
Letters from Hollywood
Letters from Hollywood (March 2020)
1977-2017
Bill Krohn - Author

 
 
Miraculous Realism
Miraculous Realism (March 2020)
The French-Walloon Cinéma du Nord
Niels Niessen - Author

An authoritative study of this postsecular film movement from the French-Belgian border region that rose to prominence at the turn of the twenty-first century.

At the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, two movies from northern-Francophone Europe swept almost all the main awards. Rosetta by the Walloon directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne won the Golden Palm, and L’humanité by the French director Bruno Dumont w...(Read More)
 
 
Postcolonial Lack
Postcolonial Lack (March 2020)
Identity, Culture, Surplus
Gautam Basu Thakur - Author

 
 
The Slapstick Camera
The Slapstick Camera (February 2020)
Hollywood and the Comedy of Self-Reference
Burke Hilsabeck - Author

Demonstrates that slapstick film comedies display a canny and sometimes profound understanding of their medium.

Slapstick film comedy may be grounded in idiocy and failure, but the genre is far more sophisticated than it initially appears. In this book, Burke Hilsabeck suggests that slapstick is often animated by a philosophical impulse to understand the cinema. He looks closely at movies and gags that represent the conditions ...(Read More)
 
 
The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939
The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939 (December 2019)
Michael Hammond - Author

Assesses how America’s film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period.

This is the definitive account of how America’s film industry remembered and reimagined World War I from the Armistice in 1918 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Based on detailed archival research, Michael Hammond shows how the war and the sociocultural changes it brought made their way into cinematic stories and images. H...(Read More)
 
 
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 attackers, including killer gorillas, sharks...(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)
 
 
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. Sounds Like Helicopters c...(Read More)
 
 
Tuitions and Intuitions
Tuitions and Intuitions (October 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)
 
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