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 Available for Review in Film & History (1 December 2017)


Title Author Publisher Copyright
A Companion to the War Film Douglas A. Cunningham and John C. Nelson Wiley Blackwell 2016
A Companion to Wong Kar-wai Martha P. Nochimson Wiley Blackwell 2016
A History of Narrative Film David A. Cook W.W. Norton & Company 2016
Acting for the Silent Screen Chris O'Rourke I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation Erika Balsom Columbia University Press 2017
All-American TV Crime Drama Sujata Moorti and Lisa Cuklanz I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Animating The Science Fiction Imagination J.P. Telotte Oxford University Press 2018
Anne Bancroft Douglas K. Daniel University Press of Kentucky 2017
At the End of the Street in the Shadow Matthew Asprey Gear Wallflower Press 2016
Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film Roy M. Anker Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 2017
Becoming AFI Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman Santa Monica Press 2017
Blackness Is Burning TreaAndrea M. Russworm Wayne State University Press 2016
Bodies in Suspense Alanna Thain University of Minnesota Press 2017
Brechtain Cinemas Nenad Jovanovic SUNY Press 2017
British Rural Landscapes on Film Paul Newland Manchester University Press 2016
Buccaneer Donald Dewey Rowman & Littlefield 2016
Capital and Popular Cinema Valentina Vitali Manchester University Press 2016
Carceral Fantasies Alison Griffiths Columbia University Press 2016
Cartomancy and Tarot in film 1940-2010 Emily E. Auger Intellect 2016
Cecil Hepworth Simon Brown University of Exeter Press 2016
Celebricities Anthony Curtis Adler Fordham University Press 2016
Celluloid Pueblo Jennifer L. Jenkins The University of Arizona Press 2016
Celluloid War Memorials Mark Connelly University of Exeter Press 2016
Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days Fred Goodwins Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Cinema By Design Lucy Fischer Columbia University Press 2017
Cinema without Reflection Akira Mizuta Lippit University of Minnesota Press 2016
Classical Hollywood Cinema James Zborowski Manchester University Press 2016
Climate Trauma E. Ann Kaplan Rutgers University Press 2016
Colonial Cinema in Africa Glenn Reynolds McFarland & Company, Inc. 2015
Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays & Manuscripts (Collected Works of James Agee) Charles Maland The University of Tennessee Press 2017
Connecting The Wire: Race, Space, and Postindustrial Baltimore Stanley Corkin University of Texas Press 2017
Coppola's Monster Film Steven Travers McFarland & Company, Inc. 2016
Cormac McCarthy and Performance Stacey Peebles University of Texas Press 2017
Cosmopolitan Cinema Felicia Chan I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Cosmopolitan Film Cultures in Latin America 1896-1960 Rielle Navitski and Nicolas Poppe Indiana University Press 2017
Costume, Makeup, and Hair Adrienne L. McLean Rutgers University Press 2016
Culture On Two Wheels Jeremy Withers and Daniel P. Shea University of Nebraska Press 2016
Dan Duryea: Heel With a Heart Mike Peros University Press of Mississippi 2016
Deep Red Alexia Kannas Wallflower Press 2017
Desires for Reality Benjamin Halligan Berghahn Books 2016
Directed by God Yaron Peleg University of Texas Press 2016
Drawing The Iron Curtain Maya Balakirsky Katz Rutgers University Press 2016
Dying in Full Detail Jennifer Malkowski Duke University Press 2017
Early Cinema in Asia Nick Deocampo Indiana University Press 2017
Editing and Special/Visual Effects Charlie Keil and Kristen Whissel Rutgers University Press 2016
Einstein On Paper Naum Kleiman Thames & Hudson 2017
Enemies To Allies Brian C. Etheridge University Press of Kentucky 2016
Éric Rohmer: A Biography Antoine de Baecque and Noël Herpe Columbia University Press 2016
Espionage and Exile Phyllis Lassner Edinburgh University Press 2016
Exception Taken Jonathan Buchsbaum Columbia University Press 2017
Existential Threats Lisa Vox University of Pennsylvania Press 2017
Expressionism and Film Christian Kiening and Ulrich Johannes Beil John Libbey Publishing Ltd. 2016
Extreme Cinema: The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today's Art Film Culture Mattias Frey Rutgers University Press 2016
Extreme Cinema: Affective Strategies in Transnational Media Aaron Michael Kerner and Jonathan L. Knapp Edinburgh University Press 2016
Fade In, Crossroads Robert Jackson Oxford University Press 2017
Fado and the Urban Poor in Portuguese Cinema of the 1930's and 1940's Michael Colvin Tamesis 2016
Fantasies of Neglect Pamela Robertson Wojcik Rutgers University Press 2016
Fantasy of Modernity Aarti Wani Cambridge University Press 2016
Father Knows Best Mary R. Desjardins Wayne State University Press 2015
Featuring Post-National Spain Andrés Zamora Liverpool University Press 2016
Fiery Cinema Weihong Bao University of Minnesota Press 2015
Film Books: A Visual History Breixo Viejo Oak Knoll Press 2016
Film, Fashion, and the 1960's Eugenia Paulicelli, Drake Stutesman and Louise Wallenberg Indiana University Press 2017
Film Is Like A Battleground Marsha Gordon Oxford University Press 2017
Film Museum Practice and Film Historiography Bregt Lameris Amsterdam University Press 2017
Film Noir Ian Brookes Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Film Noir Compendium Alain Silver and James Ursini Applause Books 2016
Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis van Gasteren Patricia Pisters Amsterdam University Press 2017
Forgotten Dreams Laurie Ruth Johnson Camden House 2016
Free and Easy? A Defining History of the American Film Musical Genre Sean Griffin Wiley Blackwell 2018
From the Headlines to Hollywood Chris Yogerst Rowman & Littlefield 2016
From Tinseltown to Bordertown Celestino Deleyto Wayne State University Press 2016
Gender and Austerity in Popular Culture Helen Davies and Claire O'Callaghan I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens Stephen Pimpare Oxford University Press 2017
Global Cinematic Cities Johan Andersson and Lawrence Webb Wallflower Press 2016
God In The Movies Catherine M. Barsotti and Robert K. Johnston Brazos Press 2017
Going Viral Dahlia Schweitzer Rutgers University Press 2018
Grasping Shadows William Chapman Sharpe Oxford University Press 2017
Hal Ashby and the Making of Harold and Maude James A. Davidson McFarland & Company, Inc. 2016
Hamilton Babylon a History of the McMaster Film Board Stephen Broomer University of Toronto Press 2016
Hard-Boiled Hollywood Jon Lewis University of California Press 2017
Henry-Georges Clouzot Christopher Lloyd Manchester University Press 2016
He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson University Press of Kentucky 2017
History Comes Alive M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska University of North Carolina Press 2017
Hitchcock's Moral Gaze R. Barton Palmer, Homer Pettey, Steven M. Sanders SUNY Press 2017
Hitler in the Movies Sidney Homan & Hernan Vera Fairleigh Dickenson University Press 2016
Hollywood, A Very Short Introduction Peter Decherney Oxford University Press 2016
Hollywood Aesthetic Todd Berliner Oxford University Press 2017
Hollywood Divided Kevin Brianton University Press of Kentucky 2016
Hollywood Enlists! Ralph Donald Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Hollywood's Hawaii: Race, Nation, and War Delia Malia Caparoso Konzett Rutgers University Press 2017
Hollywood Royalty: A Family In Films Pat Silver-Lasky BearManor Media 2017
Hollywood's Spies Laura B. Rosenzweig New York University Press 2017
Homo Cinematics Andreas Killen University of Pennsylvania Press 2017
How the Essay Film Thinks Laura Rascaroli Oxford University Press 2017
Hungarian Film 1929-1947 Gábor Gergely Amsterdam University Press 2017
i-docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose Wallflower Press 2017
Images of Occupation in Dutch Film Wendy Burke Amsterdam University Press 2017
Imperial Affects Jonna Eagle Rutgers University Press 2017
Impersonal Enunciation, Or the Place of Film Christian Metz Columbia University Press 2016
Ingmar Bergman's Face To Face Michael Tapper Wallflower Press 2017
J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Duel For Media Master of the Universe Wendy Sterba Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Jazz and Cocktails Jans B. Wager University of Texas Press 2017
John Lasseter Richard Neupert University of Illinois Press 2016
Kurt Kren: Structural Films Nicky Hamlyn, Simon Payne and A.L. Rees Intellect 2016
Latin American Women Filmmakers Deborah Martin and Deborah Shaw I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Lewd Looks Elena Gorfinkel University of Minnesota Press 2017
Little Horrors T.S. Kord McFarland & Company, Inc. 2016
Live Cinema And Its Techniques Francis Ford Coppola Liveright Publishing Corp. 2017
Living Cargo Steven Blevins University of Minnesota Press 2016
Locating the Voice in Film Tom Whittaker and Sarah Wright Oxford University Press 2017
Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American Cinema Stephen Sharot Palgrave Macmillan 2017
Making Believe Lisa Bode Rutgers University Press 2017
Mary Astor's Purple Diary Edward Sorel Liveright Publishing Corp. 2016
Matinee Melodrama Scott Higgins Rutgers University Press 2016
Media Theory in Japan Marc Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten Duke University Press 2017
Monsters In The Machine Steffen Hantke University Press of Mississippi 2016
Monstrous Progeny Lester D. Friedman and Allison B. Kavey Rutgers University Press 2016
Morta Las Vegas Nathaniel Lewis and Stephen Tatum University of Nebraska Press 2017
Mothers, Comrades and Outcasts in East German Women's Films Jennifer L. Creech Indiana University Press 2016
Movement As Meaning In Experimental Cinema Daniel Barnett Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Movie Comics Blair Davis Rutgers University Press 2017
Movies, Myth & the National Security State Dan O'Meara, Alex Macleod, Frederick Gagnon, David Grondin Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. 2016
Multiplicities in Film & Television Amanda Ann Klein and R. Barton Palmer University of Texas Press 2016
Mythopoetic Cinema Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli Columbia University Press 2017
Native Apparitions Steve Pavlik, M. Elise Marubbio and Tom Holm The University of Arizona Press 2017
Never Done: A History of Women's Work In Media Production Erin Hill Rutgers University Press 2016
Nollywood Jonathan Haynes University of Chicago Press 2016
Not Your Average Zombie Chera Kee University of Texas Press 2017
Of Elephants & Toothaches Eva Badowska and Francesca Parmeggiani Fordham University Press 2016
Off The Page Daniel Bernardi and Julian Hoxter University of California Press 2017
Off To The Pictures Lisa Stead Edinburgh University Press 2016
On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder Ed Sikov University Press of Mississippi 2017
Outside The Lettered City Manishita Dass Oxford University Press 2016
Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies Thomas Leitch Oxford University Press 2017
Passionate Revolutions Talitha Espiritu Ohio University Press 2017
Perpetual Carnival Colin MacCabe Oxford University Press 2017
Pink 2.0 Noah A. Tsika Indiana University Press 2016
Please Everyone Jeffrey Knapp Oxford University Press 2017
Pola Negri: The Hollywood Years Tony Villecco CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2017
Poland Daily Ewa Mazierska Berghahn Books 2017
Producer of Controversy Jennifer Frost University Press of Kansas 2017
Producing Jon Lewis Rutgers University Press 2016
Projections of Memory Richard I. Suchenski Oxford University Press 2016
Projecting Race Stephen Charbonneau Wallflower Press 2016
Promises of Citizenship Kathleen M. German University Press of Mississippi 2017
Propaganda Documentaries in France 1940-1944 Jean-Pierre Bertin-Maghit Rowman & Littlefield 2016
Public Spectacles of Violence Rielle Navitski Duke University Press 2017
Queer Cinema in the World Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt Duke University Press 2016
Queer Mexico Paul Julian Smith Wayne State University Press 2017
Quick Takes: New African Cinema Valerie K. Orlando Rutgers University Press 2017
Real Deceptions Jennifer Friedlander Oxford University Press 2017
Real Sex Films John Tulloch and Belinda Middleweek Oxford University Press 2017
Realism in Greek Cinema Vrasidas Karalis I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Realizing the Witch Richard Baxstrom & Todd Meyers Fordham University Press 2016
Reconstructing Strangelove Mick Broderick Wallflower Press 2017
Red Alert Ewa Mazierska and Alfredo Suppia Wayne State University Press 2016
Refocus: The Films of Budd Boetticher Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Singer Edinburgh University Press 2017
Reform Cinema in Iran Blake Atwood Columbia University Press 2016
Re-Imagining Defa Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke Berghahn Books 2016
Religion and Film S. Brent Plate Columbia University Press 2017
Repertory Movie Theaters of New York City Ben Davis McFarland & Company, Inc. 2017
Representing Ethnicity in Contemporary French Visual Culture Joseph McGonagle Manchester University Press 2017
Scenarios Werner Herzog University of Minnesota Press 2017
Screening Images of American Masculinity in the Age of Postfeminism Elizabeth Abele and John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco Lexington Books 2016
Seduced by Mrs. Robinson Beverly Gray Algonquin Books 2017
Shakespearean Star Jennifer Barnes Cambridge University Press 2017
Spectacle of Property John David Rhodes University of Minnesota Press 2017
Studying Waltz with Bashir Giulia Miller Auteur Publishing 2017
Prison Movies Kevin Kehrwald Wallflower Press 2017
Shot on Location R. Barton Palmer Rutgers University Press 2016
Showman of the Screen A.T. McKenna University Press of Kentucky 2016
Silent Films in St. Augustine Thomas Graham University Press of Florida 2017
Slums On Screen Igor Krstić Edinburgh University Press 2016
Something In The Blood David J. Skal Liveright Publishing Corp. 2016
Split Screen Nation Susan Courtney Oxford University Press 2017
Stories Make the World Stephen Most Berghahn Books 2017
Sweet and Lowdown Lloyd Michales Wallflower Press 2017
T2 Trainspotting Irvine Welsh W.W. Norton & Company 2017
Television A Biography David Thomson Thames & Hudson 2016
The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter: First and Final Screenplays Jeffrey Couchman University of Tennessee Press 2017
The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan Ron Briley Rowman & Littlefield 2017
The Apu Trilogy Robin Wood Wayne State University Press 2016
The Best Laid Plans Jeannette Sloniowski and Jim Leach Wayne State University Press 2017
The Boys in the Band Matt Bell Wayne State University Press 2016
The Chaplin Machine Owen Hatherley Pluto Press 2016
The Cinema of Hal Hartley Steven Rybin Wallflower Press 2017
The Cinema of Oliver Stone Ian Scott and Henry Thompson Manchester University Press 2016
The Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro Woojeong Joo Edinburgh University Press 2017
The Cinema of Robert Altman Robert Niemi Wallflower Press 2016
The Cinema of Tom DiCillo Wayne Byrne Wallflower Press 2017
The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai Wong Kar Wai, John Powers Rizzoli 2016
The Documentary Film Reader Jonathan Kahana Oxford University Press 2016
The End of Japanese Cinema Alexander Zahlten Duke University Press 2017
The Essay Film Elizabeth A. Papazian & Caroline Eades Wallflower Press 2016
The Extraordinary Image Robert P. Kolker Rutgers University Press 2017
The Face On Film Noa Steimatsky Oxford University Press 2017
The Face That Launched a Thousand Lawsuits Jessica Lake Yale University Press 2016
The Fighting Sullivans Bruce Kuklick University Press of Kansas 2016
The First King of Hollywood Tracey Goessel Chicago Review Press 2016
The Hollywood Trust Kia Afra Rowman & Littlefield 2016
The Invention of Robert Bresson Colin Burnett Indiana University Press 2017
The Kinetoscope:  A British History Richard Brown & Barry Anthony John Libbey Publishing Ltd. 2017
The Komedi Bioscoop: Early Cinema in Colonial Indonesia Dafna Ruppin John Libbey Publishing Ltd. 2016
The Last Days of Stalin Joshua Rubenstein Yale University Press 2016
The Lost Jungle Guy Barefoot University of Exeter Press 2017
The Major Realist Film Theorists Ian Aitken Edinburgh University Press 2016
The Man From The Third Row Fredrik Gustafsson Berghahn Books 2017
The Man Who Made The Movies Vanda Krefft Harper Collins Publishers 2017
The Mind Screen Georg Schmid PL Academic Research 2016
The Ordinary Man of Cinema Jean Louis Schefer MIT Press 2016
The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan Jason T. Eberl and George A. Dunn Lexington Books 2017
The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950's Robert Miklitsch University of Illinois Press 2017
The Salome Ensemble Alan Robert Ginsberg Syracuse University Press 2016
The Screen is Red Bernard F. Dick University Press of Mississippi 2016
The Silence of the Lambs: Critical Essays on a Cannibal, Clarice, and a Nice Chianti Cynthia J. Miller Rowman & Littlefield 2017
The Techne of Giving Timothy C. Campbell Fordham University Press 2017
The Westerns and War Films of John Ford Sue Matheson Rowman & Littlefield 2016
The X-Files Theresa Geller Wayne State University Press 2016
Thinking in the Dark Murray Pomerance and R. Barton Palmer Rutgers University Press 2016
Tony Soprano's America M. Keith Booker and Isra Daraiseh Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11 Aaron Michael Kerner Rutgers University Press 2015
Urban Noir James J. Ward and Cynthia J. Miller Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Utopian Television Michael Cramer University of Minnesota Press 2017
Violence and Open Spaces Stefanie Mueller, Christa Buschendorf, Katja Sarkowsky Universitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg 2017
Visions of Avant-Garde Film Kamila Kuc Indiana University Press 2016
Visions of Development Peter Sutoris Oxford University Press 2016
Voice of Glory Thomas E. Douglass The University of Tennessee Press 2017
War Pictures Kent Puckett Fordham University Press 2017
What's Eating You? Cynthia J. Miller & A. Bowdoin Van Riper Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
When Broadway Went To Hollywood Ethan Mordden Oxford University Press 2016
Why Harry Met Sally Joshua Louis Moss University of Texas Press 2017
Why Horror Seduces Mathias Clasen Oxford University Press 2017
You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet James Bawden and Ron Miller University Press of Kentucky 2017


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