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Movie Mobsters Paper Dolls
Movie Mobsters Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
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From 1931's The Public Enemy, starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow, to Johnny Depp's 2009 portrayal of John Dillinger in Public Enemies, here are enough dolls and costumes to create 43 different goodfellas and gals. You'll find characters from The... (read more)

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Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir
Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir
by Eddie Muller
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Welcome to Dark City, urban landscape of the imagination. A place where the men and women who created film noir often find themselves dangling from the same sinister heights as the silver-screen avatars to whom they gave life. Eddie Muller, who led... (read more)

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Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
by Glenn Kay
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Featuring chronological reviews of more than 300 zombie films—from 1932's White Zombie to the AMC series The Walking Dead—this thorough, uproarious guide traces the evolution of one of horror cinemas most... (read more)

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The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films
The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films
by Marcus Hearn
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Fifty years ago, Hammer Films released The Curse of Frankenstein. The now-legendary British company went on to make such classics as Dracula (and its many sequels), making international stars out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, changing the face of... (read more)

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Nonfiction Film: A Critical History Revised and Expanded
Nonfiction Film: A Critical History Revised and Expanded
by Richard M Barsam
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Nonfiction Film: A Critical History covers almost one hundred years in the worldwide development of the nonfiction film, from the first factual films of 1895 to the cinema of the 1980s. All the important nonfiction film movements-the factual film... (read more)

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Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film
by Philippa Gates
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Looking at about 300 films, Gates (film studies, Wilfrid Laurier U., Ontario) explores the female detective character from her pre-cinematic origins in 19th-cetury detective fiction through the history of Hollywood cinema, focusing on the periods 1929-... (read more)

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Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
by Jason Zinoman
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An enormously entertaining account of the gifted and eccentric directors who gave us the golden age of modern horror in the 1970s, bringing a new brand of politics and gritty realism to the genre. Much has been written about the storied New Hollywood of... (read more)

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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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Studying Surrealist and Fantasy Cinema: Student Edition
Studying Surrealist and Fantasy Cinema: Student Edition
by Neil Coombs
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"Pan's Labyrinth," "Stranger than Fiction," "Inland Empire" surreal and fantastic cinema is all over the place. A movement that goes back to the earliest days of cinema, it's an exemplary case study to introduce all sorts of concepts -- Auteur study... (read more)

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War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line (Short Cuts)
War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line (Short Cuts)
by Guy Westwell
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An introduction to and overview of the Hollywood war movie, a linchpin in American cultural imagination. The book considers the history of this genre, one of continuing significance, from "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) to "We Were Soldiers... (read more)

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Documentary: The Margins of Reality
Documentary: The Margins of Reality
by Paul Ward
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In using case studies such as "Touching the Void" (2003) and the films of Nick Broomfield, this timely introduction to the growing field of documentary explores the definition and understanding of the form, as well as the relationship between documentary... (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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Outer Limits: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Science-Fiction Films
Outer Limits: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Science-Fiction Films
by Howard Hughes
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Science fiction is probably the most popular box office genre in movie history and has given filmgoers some of their most memorable cinematic experiences. Outer Limits takes its readers on a tour of the sci-fi cinema universe in all its fantastical... (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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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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Bullets Over Hollywood: The American Gangster Picture from the Silents to "The Sopranos"
Bullets Over Hollywood: The American Gangster Picture from the Silents to "The Sopranos"
by John Mccarty
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The gangster, like the gunslinger, is a classic American character-and the gangster movie, like the Western, is one of the American cinema's enduring film genres. From Scarface to White Heat, from The Godfather to The Usual Suspects, from Once Upon a... (read more)

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Dada and Surrealist Film (96 Edition)
Dada and Surrealist Film (96 Edition)
by Rudolf E. (ed.) Kuenzli
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This groundbreaking collection of thirteen original essays analyzes connections between film and two highly influential twentieth-century movements. The essays, which comment on specific films and deal with theoretical and topical questions, are framed... (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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