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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)
The Flesh of Images
The Flesh of Images (October 2015)
Merleau-Ponty between Painting and Cinema
Mauro Carbone - Author
Marta Nijhuis - Translator

Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.

In The Flesh of Images, Mauro Carbone begins with the point that Merleau-Ponty’s often misunderstood notion of “flesh” was another way to signify what he also called “Visibility.” Considering vision as creative voyance, in the visionary sense of creating as a particular presence ...(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)
The Spike Lee Brand
The Spike Lee Brand (September 2015)
A Study of Documentary Filmmaking
Delphine Letort - Author
Mark A. Reid - Foreword by

A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.

In this groundbreaking book, Delphine Letort sheds light on a neglected part of Spike Lee’s filmmaking by offering a rare look at his creative engagement with the genre of documentary filmmaking. Ranging from history to sports and music, Lee has tackled a diversity of topics in such nonfiction films as 4 Little Girls, A Huey P...(Read More)
Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies
Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies (April 2015)
Female Desire in 1940s US Culture
Steven Dillon - Author

2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Provides encyclopedic coverage of female sexuality in 1940s popular culture.

Popular culture in the 1940s is organized as patriarchal theater. Men gaze upon, evaluate, and coerce women, who are obliged in their turn to put themselves on sexual display. In such a thoroughly patriarchal society, what happens to female sex...(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)
Videofreex (March 2015)
The Art of Guerrilla Television
Andrew Ingall - Author and editor
Daniel Belasco - Author and editor
Tom Colley - Author
Tom Roe - Author
Sara J. Pasti - Author
David Ross - Author

How a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists exploited the new technology of portable video for creative and political purposes.

Videofreex surveys the history and mythology of the Videofreex, a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists who produced and disseminated alternative media across New York and other US communities during the 1970s. The Videofreex exploited the new te...(Read More)
Apropos of Nothing
Apropos of Nothing (November 2014)
Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, and the Coen Brothers
Clark Buckner - Author

Everything you wanted to know about the Lacanian critique of deconstruction, but were afraid to ask the Coen Brothers.

The Coen Brothers’ films are rife with figures of absence. In The Big Lebowski, the Dude does nothing. He is put on the trail of a kidnapping that never happened, and solves the crime when he realizes that he paid the ransom with “a ringer for a ringer.” The Hudsuck...(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)
Buddhism and American Cinema
Buddhism and American Cinema (September 2014)
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor
Gary Storhoff - Editor
Danny Rubin - Foreword by

Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.

In 1989, the same year the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a decade-long boom of films dedicated to Buddhist people, history, and culture began. Offering the first scholarly treatment of Buddhism and cinema, the editors advise that there are two kinds of Buddhist film: those that are about Buddhists and those that...(Read More)
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