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The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror
The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror
by David J Skal
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Illuminating the dark side of the American century, The Monster Show uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic... (read more)

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Film Noir (25)
Film Noir (25)
by Alain Silver
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Classic noir flicks of the 1940s-50s, illustrated and examined  Beginning with a general overview of film noir and covering its most important themes chapter by chapter (lovers plan murder, corrupt police, doomed love, psychological noir, etc... (read more)

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The Gangster Film Reader
The Gangster Film Reader
by Alain Silver
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In the 1930s the gangster film in the United States coincided with a very real and very sensational gangsterism at large in American society. Little Caesar (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), and Scarface (1932) borrowed liberally from the newspapers and... (read more)

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Horror Movie Freak [With DVD]
Horror Movie Freak [With DVD]
by Don Sumner
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You?ll scream with delight while reading this fun and engaging book that discusses fright flicks all horror fans need to see to ascend to the level of a true Horror Freak from classics (Dracula and Psycho) to modern movies (Drag Me to Hell) and lesser... (read more)

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Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir
Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir
by Arthur Lyons
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Robert Mitchum once commented to Arthur Lyons about his movies of the 1940s and 1950s: "Hell, we didn't know what film noir was in those days. We were just making movies. Cary Grant and all the big stars at RKO got all the lights. We lit our sets with... (read more)

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Warring Clans, Flashing Blades: A Samurai Film Companion
Warring Clans, Flashing Blades: A Samurai Film Companion
by Patrick Galloway
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“Galloway has all sorts of interesting insights and facts that’ll make you want to re-watch your [favorite films], or check out some that you’ve never seen.”—Wired magazine Movie treasure hunter Patrick Galloway is back... (read more)

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Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (Suny Series, Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video)
Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (Suny Series, Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video)
by Murray Pomerance
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Examines the many forms of cinematic "badness" over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.... (read more)

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Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy (Cappella Books)
Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy (Cappella Books)
by Saul Austerlitz
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From City Lights to Knocked Up, this history examines American film from the perspective of its unwanted stepbrother, the comedy, and puts the comic titans of the present in the context of their predecessors. The 30 chapters and 100 essays ... (read more)

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The Great Movie Musical Trivia Book
The Great Movie Musical Trivia Book
by Jeff Kurtti
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If you're a fan of the celluloid musical, get ready - you are about to have one terrific time. -Shirley Jones It's here. The perfect gift for anyone who likes a good movie musical ... This is complete coverage: from stats through awards, to fun dirt on... (read more)

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The Philosophy of Neo-Noir (Philosophy and Popular Culture)
The Philosophy of Neo-Noir (Philosophy and Popular Culture)
by Mark T Conard
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Film noir is a classic genre characterized by visual elements such as tilted camera angles, skewed scene compositions, and an interplay between darkness and light. Common motifs include crime and punishment, the upheaval of traditional moral values, and... (read more)

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Westerns: Films Through History (AFI Film Readers)
Westerns: Films Through History (AFI Film Readers)
by Janet Walker
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The "cowboys and Indians," sheriffs and outlaws, schoolmarms and barkeeps of Western films have wholly transformed our ideas about the reality of the American frontier." Westerns" is the first book to consider seriously the historical meanings and... (read more)

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Making of Alternative Cinema Volume 1
Making of Alternative Cinema Volume 1
by Mark Falsetto
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Few people have a true understanding of what it takes to get a feature film made and released. How does a film get from idea to finished product? How do film directors interact with other creative personnel such as actors, set designers, cinematographers,... (read more)

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Playing To the Camera (12 Edition)
Playing To the Camera (12 Edition)
by thomas F. Cohen
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"Playing to the Camera" is the first full-length study devoted to the musical performance documentary. Its scope ranges from music education films to punk rock concert films to experimental video art featuring modernist music. Unlike the 'music under... (read more)

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The BFI Companion to Crime
The BFI Companion to Crime
by Phil Hardy
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Robbers, gangsters, murderers, and criminals of every description have long been a staple of popular entertainment. Movies are no exception, and film buffs and scholars alike now have a complete guide to the vast array of films that make up the... (read more)

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Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir
Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir
by Gene D Phillips
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More than any other writer, Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) is responsible for raising detective stories from the level of pulp fiction to literature. Chandler's hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe set the standard for rough, brooding heroes who managed... (read more)

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Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir
Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir
by Sheri Chinen Biesen
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Challenging conventional scholarship placing the origins of film noir in postwar Hollywood, Sheri Chinen Biesen finds the genre's roots firmly planted in the political, social, and material conditions of Hollywood during the war. After Pearl Harbor... (read more)

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Reel Terror: The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films
Reel Terror: The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films
by David Konow
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From the author of the definitive heavy metal history, Bang Your Head, a behind-the-scenes look a century of horror films   Reel Terror is a love letter to the wildly popular yet still misunderstood genre that churns out... (read more)

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Melodrama and Modernity: Early Pulp Cinema and the Social Contexts of Sensationalism
Melodrama and Modernity: Early Pulp Cinema and the Social Contexts of Sensationalism
by Ben Singer
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Looking back to the sensational or "blood and thunder" melodramas (e.g., "The Perils of Pauline," "The Hazards of Helen," etc.), Singer uncovers a fundamentally modern cultural expression, one reflecting transformations in the sensory environment of the... (read more)

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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema (Film and Culture)
Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema (Film and Culture)
by Angela Smith
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Twisted bodies, deformed faces, aberrant behavior, and abnormal desires characterized the hideous creatures of classic Hollywood horror, which thrilled audiences with their sheer grotesqueness. Most critics have interpreted these traits as symptoms of... (read more)

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Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror
Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror
by Michael Mallory
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From the 1920s through the 1950s, Universal Studios was Hollywoods number one studio for horror pictures, haunting movie theaters worldwide with Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, among others. Universal Studios Monsters: A... (read more)

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