Book Reviews

Film & History strives to publish timely, insightful reviews of scholarly books on film and history, broadly conceived. If a book on the list below catches your scholarly interest, please consider reviewing it for us.

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Books Currently Available For Review [PDF]

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 Cuban in Mayberry, Gustavo Pérez Firmat

A History of Documentary Film, Betsy A. McLane

A Society in Distress, Jan Culik

Africa in Stereo, Tsitsi Ella Jaji

African Video Movies and Global Desires, Carmela Garritano

After the Break, Marijke de Valck & Jan Teurlings

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

American History, Melvyn Stokes

An Aesthetics of Narrative Performance, Claudia Breger

An Archaeology of Sympathy, James Chandler

Animating Film Theory, Karen Beckman

Appetites and Anxieties, Cynthia Baron, Diane Carson, Mark Bernard

Batman, Matt Yockey

Becoming Belafonte, Judith E. Smith

Becoming Jack Nicholson, Shaun R. Karli

Before the Movies, Terry & Deborah Borton

Between Page and Screen, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

Beyond the Looking Glass, Ana Salzberg

Blockbuster History in the New Russia, Stephen M. Norris

Blossoms and Blood, Jason Sperb

Bollywood's India, Rachel Dwyer

Border Visions, Kazecki, Ritzenhoff, Miller

Brando's Smile, Susan L. Misruchi

Brazilian Propaganda, Nina Schneider

Breaking Bad, David P. Pierson

Bringing History to Life Through Film, Kathryn Anne Morey

Brutal Vision, Karl Schoonover

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

Building Bridges, Joram ten Brink

Buffoon Men, Scott Balcerzak

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

Camera Historica, Antoine De Baecque

Casual Affairs, Maryellen Keefe

Caught on Camera, Christian Delage

Chaplin, Stephen Weissman, M.D.

Charles Burnett Interviews, Robert E. Kapsis

Cinema at the Edges, Abigail Loxham

Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria, Mueller, Skidmore

Cinema of John Boorman, Brian Hoyle

Cinema's Alchemist, Nichols and Renov

Cinematic Appeals, Ariel Rogers

Cinematography, Patrick Keating

Comic Medievalism, Louise D'Arcens

Conjugations, Sangita Gopal

Contemporary Romanian Cinema, Dominique Nasta

Coproducing Asia, Stephanie DeBoer

Cowboys and Aliens, Joan D. Vinge

Creaturely Poetics, Anat Pick

Creolizing the Metropole, H. Adlai Murdoch

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

Culture of Class, Matthew B. Karush

Dance Floor Democracy, Sherrie Tucker

Deathwatch, C. Scott Combs

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh, Bryan Cardinale-Powell

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

Directors Close Up 2, Jeremy Kagan

Doris Day Confidential, Tamar Jeffers McDonald

Dreams in American Television Narratives, Cynthia Burkhead

Dream West, Douglas Brode

Early Cinema Today: The Art of Programming & Live Performance, Martin Loiperdinger

Eastwood's Iwo Jima, Rikke Schubart & Anne Gjelsvik

Education in the School of Dreams, Jennifer Lynn Peterson

Elegy for Theory, D.N.Rodowick

Envisioning Freedom, Cara Caddoo

Fashion on Television, Helen Warner

Ferocious Reality, Eric Ames

Festen, C. Claire Thomson

Fictional Worlds, L.A. Alexander

Figuring the Past, Belén Vidal

Film and the City, George Melnyk

Film, Mobility and Urban Space, Les Roberts

Films of Agnes Moorehead, Axel Nissen

Frances Farmer, Peter Shelley

From Light to Byte, Markos Hadjioannou

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

Gender And The Uncanny, Anjeana K. Hans

Generation Multiplex, Timothy Shary

Generic Histories of German Cinema, Jaimey Fisher

Germaine Dulac, Tami Williams

Give me the Money and I'll Shoot, Nicola Lees

Gothic Machine, David J. Jones

Green Documentary, Helen Hughes

Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow, Scott Higgins

HBO Effect, Dean DeFino

Heritage Film Audiences, Claire Monk

Heritage Film - Nation, Genre and Representation, Belen Vidal

Historical Dictionary of British Cinema, Alan Burton, Steve Chibnall

Historical Dictionary of Chinese Cinema, Tan Ye, Yun Zhu

Historical Dictionary of Crime Films, Geoff Mayer

Hitchcock's Stars, Lesley L. Coffin

Hollywood's Chosen People, Bernardi, Pomerance, Tirosh-Samuelson

Hollywood Frame by Frame, Karina Longworth

Hollywood's Last Golden Age, Jonathan Kirshner

Homemade Men in Postwar Austrian Cinema, Maria Fritsche

Imagic Moments, Lee Schweninger

Importing Asta Nielsen: The International Film Star in the Making, Martin Loiperdinger & Uli Jung

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

Interrogating the Shield, Nicholas Ray

Into the Woods, John Yorke

Italian Neorealist Cinema, Torunn Haaland

Italian Silent Cinema, Georgio Bertellini

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

Japanese Cinema in the Digital Age, Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Jean-Luc Godard, Cineam Historian, Michael Witt

Jerome Kern Encyclopedia, Thomas S. Hischak

Joseph Cornell Versus Cinema, Michael Pigott

Keepers of the Flame, Travis Vogan

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, Robert Miklitsch

Kitano Takeshi, Aaron Gerow

Lady in the Dark, Robert Sitton

Last Features, Reinhild Steingrover

Late Goddard and the Possibilities of Cinema, Daniel Morgan

Leslie Howard The Lost Actor, Estel Eforgan

Liberty Street, Peter Josyph

Life on Mars, Lacey and McElroy

Literary Lost, Sarah Clarke Stuart

Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground, Steven Rybin & Will Scheibel

Loretta Young, Bernard F. Dick

Lost Objects of Desire, Mark Nicholls

Making Personas, Hideaki Fujiki

Making a Promised Land, Paula J. Massood

Making Cinelandia, Laura Isabel Serna

Mediated Maternity, Linda Seidel

Medical Visions, Kirsten Ostherr

Merchant-Ivory Interviews, Laurence Raw

Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue, Murray Pomerance

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

Montgomery Clift, Queer Star, Elisabetta Girelli

Movies in the Age of Obama, David Garrett Izzo

New Essays on Clint Eastwood, Leonard Engel

Not Hollywood, Sherry B. Ortner

On Slowness, Lutz Koepnick

One World, Big Screen, M. Todd Bennett

Oscar Fischinger 1900-1967, Cindy Keefer & Jaap Guldemond

Outer Limits, Howard Hughes

Parallel Lines, Guy Westwell

Parallel Plot, Matt Saunders

Passing Interest, Julie Cary Nerad

Paul on Mazursky, Sam Wasson

Perspectives on European Film and History, Leen Engelen & Roel Vande Winkel

Peter Weir Interviews, John C. Tibbetts

Phantom Ladies, Tim Snelson

Picturing Argentina, Currie Thompson

Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow

Place, Memory and Myth in Contemporary Israeli Cinema, Anat Y. Zanger

Polish Cinema, Ewa Mazierska & Michael Goddard

Popping Culture, Murray Pomerance

Portuguese Film, 1930-1960, Patricia Vieira

Post-Revolution Nonfiction Film, Joshua Malitsky

Pretty, Rosalind Galt

Queer Enchantments, Anne E. Duggan

Queer Males in Contemporary Cinema, Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Reaching Audiences, Knight and Thomas

Reading Joss Whedon, Rhonda Wilcox

Reading the Bromance, Michael DeAngelis

Reframin Reality, Alison Frank

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

Revolution and Rebellion in Mexican Film, Niamh Thornton

Rewind, Sean Cubitt & Stephen Partridge

Robert Bresson (revised), James Quandt

Romanian New Wave Cinema, Doru Pop

Room {1219}, Greg Merritt

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Ken Feil

Samuel Fuller - Interviews, Gerald Peary

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

Screen Jesus, Peter Malone

Sensing the Past, Jim Cullen

Sex Scene, Eric Schaefer

Shooting the Civil War, Jenny Barrett

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

Smart Chicks on Screen, Laura Mattoon D'Amore

Soured on the System, Robert T. Schultz

Sovereign Screens, Kristin L. Dowell

Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s, Laura Pontieri

Spectacles of Blood, Swaralipi Nandi & Esha Chatterjee

Spectacular Digital Effects, Kristen Whissel

Star Trek and American Television, Roberta Pearson & Maire Davies

Stardust Monuments, Alison Trope

Steaming into a Victorian Future, Julie Anne Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller

Steven Spielberg and Duel, Steven Awalt

Still, David S. Shields

Subjective Realist Cinema, Matthew Campora

Super Cinema, William Brown

Syd Chaplin, Lisa K. Stein

Taking Place, Rhodes and Gorfinkel

Tashlinesque, Ethan de Seife

Teaching Film, Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro

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

Television, Sex and Society, Basil Glynn

Terence Davies, Michael Koresky

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

The Apu Trilogy, Andrew Robinson

The Aesthetics of Shadow, Daisuke Miyao

The Battle of the Sexes, Noel Burch and Genevieve Sellier

The Beauty of the Real, Mick LaSalle

The Blue Box, Frances Restuccia

The Cinema and Cinema-Going in Scotland, 1896-1950, Trevor Griffiths

The Cinema and It's Shadow, Alice Maurice

The Cinema of Eric Rohmer, Jacob Leigh

The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez, Frederick Luis Aldama

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

The Collaboration, Ben Urwand

The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School, Marco Abel

The Covert Sphere, Timothy Melley

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

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

The Death Penalty in American Cinema, Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan

The Demons of Modernity, John Orr

The Desiring Image, Gilles Deleuze

The Donna Reed Show, Joanne Morreale

The Emergence of Film Culture, Malte Hagener

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

The Eyes Have It, Murray Pomerance

The Films of Claire Denis, Marjorie Vecchio

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 Hobbits, Lynnette Porter

The Journey of G. Mastorna, Federico Fellini

The King's Jester, Barry Anthony

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 Man Who Invented Rock Hudson, Robert Hofler

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

The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema, Lawrence Baron

The Ned Kelly Films, Stephen Gaunson

The Nicest Kids in Town, Mathew F. Delmont

The Orientation of Future Cinema, Bruce Isaacs

The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas, Carlos Rojas

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

The President's Ladies, Bernard F. Dick

The Private Eye Detectives in the Movies, Bran Nicol

The Psychology of Screenwriting, Jason Lee

The Red Lantern, Albert Capellani

The Sopranos, Gary R. Edgerton

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

The Time of Our Lives, Yannis Tzioumakis and Sian Lincoln

The Ultimate Stallone Reader, Chris Holmlund

The Utopia of Film, Christopher Pavsek

The War that won't Die, David Archibald

The White Savior Film, Matthew Hughey

There and Back Again, Mark Atherton

This Much is True, James Quinn

Tough as Nails, The Life and Films of Richard Brooks, Douglass K. Daniel

Transition Cinema, Jessica Stites Mor

Transmedia Television, M.J. Clarke

Transnational Film Culture in New Zealand, Simon Sigley

TV Noir, Ray Starman

TV on Strike, Cynthia Littleton

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

Understanding Machinima, Jenna Ng

Veiled Desires, Maureen Sabine

Videoland, Daniel Herbert

Viewing America, Christopher Bigsby

Wag the Dog, Eleftheria Thanouli

War on the Silver Screen, Glen Jeansonne & David Luhrssen

Warrior Women, Lisa Funnell

White Gypsies, Eva Woods Peiró

Wicked Cinema, Daniel S. Cutrara

World Cinema and the Visual Arts, David Gallagher

World Film Locations Hong Kong, Linda Chiu-han Lai and Kimburley Wing-yee Choi

World Film Locations Liverpool, Jez Conolly and Caroline Whelan

World Film Locations Prague, Marcelline Block


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