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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Steven J. Schneider, Ian Haydn Smith

2 Prospectors:  The Letters of Sam Shepard & Johnny Dark, Chad Hammet

A Cinema of Poetry, Joseph Luzzi

A Companion to Martin Scorsese, Aaron Baker

A Companion to Robert Altman, Adrian Danks

A Companion to Wong Kar-wai, Martha P. Nochimson

A Cuban in Mayberry, Gustavo Pérez Firmat

A History of Narrative Film, David A. Cook

A Society in Distress, Jan Culik

Africa, Blandine Stefanson & Sheila Petty

Africa in Stereo, Tsitsi Ella Jaji

African Video Movies and Global Desires, Carmela Garritano

After the Break, Marijke de Valck & Jan Teurlings

Albert Capellani, Christine Leteux

America's Mistress, The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt, John Williams

An Archaeology of Sympathy, James Chandler

André Bazin's New Media, André Bazin

Animating Film Theory, Karen Beckman

Anxiety Muted, Stanley C. Pelkey II & Anthony Bushard

Art Direction & Production Design, Lucy Fischer

Australian Film Theory & Criticism, Noel King and Deane Williams

Avant-Doc, Scott Macdonald

Awakening The Eye, George Kouvaros

Back to the Fifties, Michael D. Dwyer

Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors, Dominic Lennard

Batman, Matt Yockey

Barbara Koppel.Interviews, Gregory Brown

Beyond the Bottom Line, Andrew Spicer, A.T. McKenna & Christopher Meir

Bigger than Ben-Hur, Barbara Ryan and Milette Shamir

Birth of an Industry, Nicholas Sammond

Black Male Frames, Roland Leander Williams Jr.

Bodies in Pain, Tarja Laine

Bollywood's India, Rachel Dwyer

Bondarchuk's War and Peace, Denise J. Youngblood

Borderland Films, Dominique Brégent-Heald

Border Visions, Kazecki, Ritzenhoff, Miller

Brazilian Propaganda, Nina Schneider

Breaking Bad, David P. Pierson

Bringing History to Life Through Film, Kathryn Anne Morey

Britain 2, Neil Mitchell

Broadcasting Modernity, Yeidy M. Rivero

Buddhism and American Cinema, John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff

Buffoon Men, Scott Balcerzak

C. Francis Jenkins:  Pioneer of Film and Television, Donald Godfrey

Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence, J. Richard Stevens

Captivating Westerns, Susan Kollin

Casual Affairs, Maryellen Keefe

Caught on Camera, Christian Delage

Censoring Racial Ridicule, M. Alison Kibler

Charlie Chaplin A Comedian Sees the World, Lisa Stein Haven

Cinema Approaching Reality, Victor Fan

Cinema at the Edges, Abigail Loxham

Cinema Civil Rights, Ellen C. Scott

Cinema In Service of the State, Lars Karl and Pavel Skopal

Cinema, Slavery, and Brazilian Nationalism, Richard A. Gordon

Cinematic Appeals, Ariel Rogers

Cinematography, Patrick Keating

Climate Trauma, E. Ann Kaplan

Colonial Cinema in Africa, Glenn Reynolds

Comic Medievalism, Louise D'Arcens

Composing for Moving Pictures, Jason M. Gaines

Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I, Shinobu Hashimoto

Contemporary Romanian Cinema, Dominique Nasta

Crime, History, and Hollywood, Willard M. Oliver & Nancy E. Marion

Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez, Frederick Luis Aldama

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Justin Hill

Cypriot Cinemas, Costas Constandinides & Yiannis Papadakis

Dance Floor Democracy, Sherrie Tucker

Devices of Curiosity, Oliver Gaycken

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh, Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Dietrich & Riefenstahl, Karin Wieland

Direct Theory, Edward S. Small & Timothy W. Johnson

Directors Close Up 2, Jeremy Kagan

Directory of World Cinema India, Adam Bingham

Directory of World Cinema Scotland, Bob Nowlan & Zach Finch

Directory of World Cinema China 2, Gary Bettinson

Documenting Cityscapes, Iván Villarmea Álvarez

Doris Day Confidential, Tamar Jeffers McDonald

Downtown Film & TV Culture 1975-2001, Joan Hawkins

Dreaming of Cinema, Adam Lowenstein

Dreams in American Television Narratives, Cynthia Burkhead

Dream West, Douglas Brode

East Asian Film Noir, Chi-Yun Shin and Mark Gallagher

Eastern Horizons, Elizabeth Rawitsch

Eastwood's Iwo Jima, Rikke Schubart & Anne Gjelsvik

Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas, Pietari Kääpä

Education in the School of Dreams, Jennifer Lynn Peterson

Empire Films and the Crisis of Colonialism 1946-1959, Jon Cowans

Enemies To Allies, Brian C. Etheridge

Envisioning Freedom, Cara Caddoo

Fashion on Television, Helen Warner

Father Knows Best, Mary R. Desjardins

Festen, C. Claire Thomson

Fictional Worlds, L.A. Alexander

Fiery Cinema, Weihong Bao

Film and the City, George Melnyk

Film at Expo 67, Monika Kin Gagnon and Janine Marchessault

From Empire to the World, Malini Guha

From Self-Fulfilment to Survival of the Fittest, Ewa Mazierska

Frontiers of Screen History, Merivirta, Ahonen, Mulari, Mӓhkӓ

Gender And The Uncanny, Anjeana K. Hans

Generic Histories of German Cinema, Jaimey Fisher

Germaine Dulac, Tami Williams

Ginger Snaps, John Fawcett

Girls Will Be Boys, Laura Horak

Global Melodrama, Carla Marcantonio

Have Gun - Will Travel, Gaylyn Studlar

Hearths of Darkness, Tony Williams

Heroines of Film and Television, Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter, Bob Batchelor

Hidden In Plain Sight, Colin Williamson

Hitchcock's Stars, Lesley L. Coffin

Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939, Thomas Doherty

Hollywood and the Holocaust, Henry Gonshak

Hollywood Frame by Frame, Karina Longworth

Hollywood Riots, Doug Dibbern

Home Movies, Claire Jenkins

Humor and Latina/o Camp in Ugly Betty, Tanya González and Eliza Rodriguez Y Gibson

Hybrid Heritage on Screen, Elena Oliete-Aldea

Imagic Moments, Lee Schweninger

Imagining New York City, Christoph Lindner

Immigration Cinema in the New Europe, Isolina Ballesteros

Imperial Projections, Wolfgang Fuhrmann

Impersonal Enunciation, Or the Place of Film, Christian Metz

Impure Cinema, Lucia Nagib & Anne Jerslev

In Search of La Grande Illusion, Nicholas Macdonald

In the Aftermath of Trauma, Sabine Eckmann

Inside the Historical Film, Bruno Ramirez

Inside the Writers' Room, Christina Kallas

Into the Woods, John Yorke

It's the Pictures That Got Small, Anthony Slide

James Cagney Films of the 1930's, James L. Neibaur

Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, Jaap Guldemond & Marente Bloemheuvel

Jean-Luc Godard, Cineam Historian, Michael Witt

Jim Jarmusch, Sara Piazza

Joseph Cornell Versus Cinema, Michael Pigott

Justice Performed, Sarah Kozinn

Keepers of the Flame, Travis Vogan

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, Robert Miklitsch

Knots Landing, Nick Salvato

Lady in the Dark, Robert Sitton

Last Features, Reinhild Steingrover

Late Goddard and the Possibilities of Cinema, Daniel Morgan

Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground, Steven Rybin & Will Scheibel

Making Asian American Film and Video, Jun Okada

Making Personas, Hideaki Fujiki

Making a Promised Land, Paula J. Massood

Making Time, Maria Pramaggiore

Marc Karlin Look Again, Holly Aylett

Marilyn Monroe Day by Day, Carl Rollyson

Marx at the Movies, Ewa Mazierska & Lars Kristensen

Marxism and Film Activism, Ewa Mazierska & Lars Kristensen

Maverick, Dennis Broe

Maya Deren Incomplete Control, Sarah Keller

Mediated Maternity, Linda Seidel

Menus for Movieland, Richard Abel

Merchants of Menace, Richard Nowell

Mexico on Main Street, Colin Gunckel

Mike Nichols, Kyle Stevens

Missing Reels, Farran Smith Nehme

Monster Culture in the 21st Century, Marina Levina and Diem-My T. Bui

Montgomery Clift, Queer Star, Elisabetta Girelli

Movie Migrations, Hye Seung Chung & David Scott Diffrient

Movies in the Age of Obama, David Garrett Izzo

Native Americans in the Movies, Michael Hilger

New Approaches to Gone with the Wind, James A. Crank

Not Hollywood, Sherry B. Ortner

On Slowness, Lutz Koepnick

Oscar Fischinger 1900-1967, Cindy Keefer & Jaap Guldemond

Our Gang, Julia Lee

Our Own Image, Barry Barclay

Outside The Lettered City, Manishita Dass

Parallel Lines, Guy Westwell

Parallel Plot, Matt Saunders

Passing Interest, Julie Cary Nerad

Performance Projections, Stephen Barber

Peter Weir Interviews, John C. Tibbetts

Phantom Ladies, Tim Snelson

Picturing Argentina, Currie Thompson

Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films, Robert Spadoni

Poitier Revisited, Ian Gregory Strachan and Mia Mask

Polish Cinema, Ewa Mazierska & Michael Goddard

Political Fellini, Andrea Minuz

Politics in Popular Movies, John S. Nelson

Popping Culture, Murray Pomerance

Portuguese Film, 1930-1960, Patricia Vieira

Post-Object Fandom, Rebecca Williams

Post-Revolution Nonfiction Film, Joshua Malitsky

Post-Soul Satire, Derek C. Maus and James J. Donahue

Post-Yugoslav Cinema, Dino Murtic

Producing, Jon Lewis

Projected Art History, Doris Berger

Queer Enchantments, Anne E. Duggan

Reading the Bromance, Michael DeAngelis

Realizing the Witch, Richard Baxstrom & Todd Meyers

Reconstructing Violence, Deborah E. Barker

Recycled Stars, Mary R. Desjardins

Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen, Klara Stephanie Szlezák and D.E. Wynter

Reframing Reality, Alison Frank

Reframing The Subject, Kelly Ritter

Remembering Bruce Lee, Jon T. Benn

Remote Control, Caetlin Benson-Allott

Representing 9/11, Paul Petrovic

Reverse Shots, Wendy Gay Pearson and Susan Knabe

Revisiting Film Melodrama, Dominique Nasta, Muriel Andrin & Anne Gailly

Revolution and Rebellion in Mexican Film, Niamh Thornton

Road-Show!, Matthew Kennedy

Robert Altman: In the American Grain, Frank Caso

Romanian New Wave Cinema, Doru Pop

Room {1219}, Greg Merritt

Roots of Modern Hollywood, Nick Smedley

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Ken Feil

Sam Peckinpah, Festival del film Locarno

Screen Culture and the Social Question, Ludwig Vogl-Bienek & Richard Crangle

Screening Images of American Masculinity in the Age of Postfeminism, Elizabeth Abele and John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco

Seeing Sarah Bernhardt, Victoria Duckett

Selling the Silver Bullet, Avi Santo

Sensing the Past, Jim Cullen

Short Cuts:  International Politics and Film, Sean Carter & Klaus Dodds

Showbiz Politics, Kathryn Cramer Brownell

Simultaneous Worlds, Jennifer Feeley & Sarah ann Wells

Smart Chicks on Screen, Laura Mattoon D'Amore

Social Class on British and American Screens, Nicole Cloarec, David Haigron & Delphine Letort

Some of These Days, James Donald

Sounding the Modern Woman, Jean Ma

Sovereign Screens, Kristin L. Dowell

Spectacular Digital Effects, Kristen Whissel

Spoiler Alert!, Cornelia Klecker

Stars in World Cinema, Andrea Bandhauer & Michelle Royer

Still, David S. Shields

Still In The Saddle, Andrew Patrick Nelson

Subjective Realist Cinema, Matthew Campora

Super Cinema, William Brown

Surviving Images, Kamran Rastegar

Television and the Modernization Edeal in 1980s China, Huike Wen

Terence Davies, Michael Koresky

The Ancient World in Silent Cinema, Pantelis Michelakis & Maria Wyke

The Aesthetics of Shadow, Daisuke Miyao

The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema, Matthew Edwards

The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film, Robin Curtis and Angelica Fenner

The Battle of the Sexes, Noel Burch and Genevieve Sellier

The Cinema and It's Shadow, Alice Maurice

The Cinema of Errol Morris, David Resha

The Cinema of Poetry, P. Adams Sitney

The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez, Frederick Luis Aldama

The Cinematic Voyage of The Pirate, Earl Hess & Pratibha A. Dabholkar

The Classical Mexican Cinema, Charles Ramirez Berg

The Cohen Brothers Encyclopedia, Lynnea Chapman King

The Comedy Offense, Rick DesRochers

The Cool and the Crazy, Peter Stanfield

The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School, Marco Abel

The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott, Adam Barkman, Ashley Barkman, Nancy Kang

The Danish Directors, Mette Hjort, Ib Bondebjerg & Eva Novrup Redvall

The Demons of Modernity, John Orr

The Desiring Image, Gilles Deleuze

The Emergence of Film Culture, Malte Hagener

The Emergence of Video Processing Tools (2 volumes), Kathy High, Sherry Hocking & Mona Jimenez

The End of Cinema?, André Gawdreault and Philippe Marion

The Eyes Have It, Murray Pomerance

The Films  of Claire Denis, Marjorie Vecchio

The First King of Hollywood, Tracey Goessel

The Global Film Book, Roy Stafford

The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television, Kirk Boyle & Daniel Mrozowski

The Heist Film, Stealing with Style, Daryl Lee

The Journey of G. Mastorna, Federico Fellini

The L Word, Margaret T. McFadden

The Last Laugh, Murray Pomerance

The Last Western, Paul Stasi and Jennifer Greiman

The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, Sonja Fritzsche

The Lord of the Rings, Lorna Piatti-Farnell

The Magic World of Orson Welles, James Naremore

The Maltese Falcon to Body of Lies, Robert Von Hallberg

The Many Lives of Cy Endfield, Brian Neve

The Memory Effect, Russell J.A. Kilbourn, Eleanor Ty

The Nazi Past in Contemporary German Film, Axel Bangert

The Ned Kelly Films, Stephen Gaunson

The Orientation of Future Cinema, Bruce Isaacs

The Phoenix Picturehouse, Deborah Allison, Hiu M. Chan, Daniela Treveri Gennari

The Poitier Effect, Sharon Willis

The Politics and Poetics of Cinematic Realism, Hermann Kappelhoff

The Politics of Magic, Qinna Shen

The President's Ladies, Bernard F. Dick

The Psychology of Screenwriting, Jason Lee

The Red Lantern, Albert Capellani

The Sagebrush Trail, Richard Aquila

The Sitcom Class Wars, Ray Starman

The Sopranos, Gary R. Edgerton

The Sound of Music Companion, Laurence Maslon

The Sounds of the Silents in Britain, Julie Brown & Annette Davison

The Subject of Torture, Hilary Neroni

The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander, Valerie Estelle Frankel

The TV Detective, Helen Piper

The Ultimate Stallone Reader, Chris Holmlund

The Use and Abuse of Cinema, Eric Rentschler

The U.S.-Mexico Border in American Cold War Film, Stephanie Fuller

The Utopia of Film, Christopher Pavsek

The White Savior Film, Matthew Hughey

The Writers, Miranda J. Banks

They Live, D. Harlan Wilson

Thinking in the Dark, Murray Pomerance and R. Barton Palmer

Thinking Kink, Catherine Scott

This Much is True, James Quinn

Tom Cruise Performing Masculinity in Post Vietnam Hollywood, Ruth O'Donnell

Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11, Aaron Michael Kerner

Transmedia Television, M.J. Clarke

Transnational Film Culture in New Zealand, Simon Sigley

Truman Capote, Tison Pugh

TV on Strike, Cynthia Littleton

Twenty British Films, Brian McFarlane

Ukranian Cinema, Josua First

Undead in the West II, Cynthia J. Miller & A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Understanding Machinima, Jenna Ng

Uplift Cinema, Allyson Nadia Field

Veiled Desires, Maureen Sabine

Videoland, Daniel Herbert

Viewing America, Christopher Bigsby

Virtual Memory, Homay King

W.C. Fields From Burlesque and Vaudeville to Broadway, Arthur Frank Wertheim

Wag the Dog, Eleftheria Thanouli

War on the Silver Screen, Glen Jeansonne & David Luhrssen

Warrior Women, Lisa Funnell

Of Walking In Ice, Werner Herzog

When the Machine Made Art, Grant D. Taylor

Whoniverse, Lance Parkin

Wicked Cinema, Daniel S. Cutrara

World Film Locations Prague, Marcelline Block


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