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Gothic Cinema

Gothic Cinema

1st Edition

By Xavier Aldana Reyes
February 01, 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 ...

European Art Cinema

European Art Cinema

1st Edition

By John White
October 31, 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

By Alexandra Keller
October 31, 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 ...

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

1st Edition

By Dr Mark Bould
August 03, 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

By Sarah Casey Benyahia
January 11, 2012

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

By Jacqueline Furby, Claire Hines
October 13, 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

By John White
January 12, 2011

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, ...

Film Noir Hard-boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization

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

1st Edition

By Jennifer Fay, Justus Nieland
December 10, 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 ...

Jane Campion

Jane Campion

1st Edition

By Deb Verhoeven
January 14, 2009

Jane Campion is one of the most celebrated auteurs of modern cinema and was the first female director to be awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or. Throughout her relatively short career, Campion has received extraordinary attention from the media and scholars alike and has provoked fierce debates on ...

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