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Gothic Cinema

Gothic Cinema

1st Edition

Xavier Aldana Reyes
January 03, 2020

Arguing for the need to understand Gothic cinema as an aesthetic mode, this book explores its long history, from its transitional origins in phantasmagoria shows and the first ‘trick’ films to its postmodern fragmentation in the Gothic pastiches of Tim Burton. But what is Gothic cinema? Is the ...

Hollywood Musicals

Hollywood Musicals

1st Edition

Steven Cohan
October 01, 2019

Hollywood Musicals offers an insightful account of a genre that was once a mainstay of twentieth-century film production and continues to draw audiences today. What is a film musical? How do musicals work, formally and culturally? Why have they endured since the introduction of sound in the late ...

European Art Cinema

European Art Cinema

1st Edition

John White
November 01, 2016

European art cinema includes some of the most famous films in cinema history. It is elite filmmaking that stands in direct opposition to popular cinema; and yet, it also has an intimate relationship with Hollywood. This guidebook sketches successive phases of art cinema in Europe from its early ...

James Cameron

James Cameron

1st Edition

Alexandra Keller
September 27, 2006

Featuring excerpts from interviews and frame-by-frame analysis of important scenes from films such as Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic, Alexandra Keller provides the first critical study of James Cameron as an auteur. Considering in particular his treatment of gender and preoccupation ...

Bollywood A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema

2nd Edition

Tejaswini Ganti
February 13, 2013

'Bollywood' is the dominant global term to refer to the prolific Hindi language film industry in Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995). Characterised by music, dance routines, melodrama, lavish production values and an emphasis on stars and spectacle, Bollywood films have met with box-office success and ...

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

1st Edition

Dr Mark Bould
June 12, 2012

Science Fiction explores the genre from 1895 to the present day, drawing on examples from over forty countries. It raises questions about the relationship between science fiction, science and technology, and examines the interrelationships between spectacle, narrative and self-reflexivity, paying ...

Crime

Crime

1st Edition

Sarah Casey Benyahia
November 17, 2011

Crime films have, since the earliest days of cinema, been popular with audiences, industry and critics alike and encompassed a diverse range of subjects, styles and themes. The genre provides a range of pleasures for the spectator, from taking on the role of the detective in the pursuit of clues in...

Fantasy

Fantasy

1st Edition

Jacqueline Furby, Claire Hines
September 02, 2011

Fantasy addresses a previously neglected area within film studies. The book looks at the key aesthetics, themes, debates and issues at work within this popular genre and examines films and franchises that illustrate these concerns. Contemporary case studies include: Alice in Wonderland (2010) ...

Westerns

Westerns

1st Edition

John White
November 25, 2010

It is a common assertion that the history of America is written in its Westerns, but how true is this? In this guidebook John White discusses the evolution of the Western through history and looks at theoretical and critical approaches to Westerns such as genre analysis, semiotics, ...

Documentary

Documentary

1st Edition

David Saunders
April 21, 2010

Dave Saunders’ spirited introduction to documentary covers its history, cultural context and development, and the approaches, controversies and functions pertaining to non-fiction filmmaking. Saunders examines the many methods by which documentary conveys meaning, whilst exploring its differing ...

Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

1st Edition

Claire Mortimer
March 26, 2010

Romantic comedy is an enduringly popular genre which has maintained its appeal by constantly evolving, from the screwball comedy to the recent emergence of the bromance. Romantic Comedy examines the history of the genre, considering the social and cultural context for key developments in new genre...

Film Noir Hard-boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization

Film Noir: Hard-boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization

1st Edition

Jennifer Fay, Justus Nieland
November 13, 2009

The term "film noir" still conjures images of a uniquely American malaise: hard-boiled detectives, fatal women, and the shadowy hells of urban life. But from its beginnings, film noir has been an international phenomenon, and its stylistic icons have migrated across the complex geo-political ...

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