Routledge Advances in Film Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of film studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this important and evolving subject area.

  • Ethics, Justice, Embodiment, and Global Film

    Cinematic Provocations

    By Brian Bergen-Aurand

    This book is a study in film and philosophy that explores the intersection of global post-fascist cinema, ethics and justice, and screen bodies. It addresses the question "What is the good of film experience?" by staging an encounter between Levinasian-Derridean concerns over ethics and justice and…

    Hardback – 2016-03-01 
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  • The Other in Contemporary Migrant Cinema

    Imagining a New Europe?

    By Guido Dr Rings

    As a rapidly aging continent, Europe increasingly depends on the successful integration of migrants. Unfortunately, contemporary political and media discourses observe and frequently also support the development of nationalist, eurosceptic and xenophobic reactions to this migration. Confronting…

    Hardback – 2016-01-31 
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  • Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art

    Cinema Beyond Europe

    By Nilgün Bayraktar

    This book examines the historical and contemporary tensions around mobility and identity in Europe in relation to experimental moving image practices in contemporary art and cinema. Drawing on theories of migrant and diasporic cinema, projected image art, and mobility studies, Bayraktar provides…

    Hardback – 2015-12-11 
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  • Rashomon Effects

    Kurosawa, Rashomon and their legacies

    Edited by Blair Davis, Robert Anderson, Jan Walls

    Akira Kurosawa is arguably known as the director who opened up Japanese film to Western audiences, and following his death in 1998, a process of reflection has begun about his life’s work as a whole and its legacy to cinema. Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashomon has become one of the best-known Japanese…

    Hardback – 2015-11-18 
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  • Spectacle in "Classical" Cinemas

    Musicality and Historicity in the 1930s

    By Tom Brown

    Spectacle is not often considered to be a significant part of the style of ‘classical’ cinema. Indeed, some of the most influential accounts of cinematic classicism define it virtually by the supposed absence of spectacle. Spectacle in ‘Classical’ Cinemas: Musicality and Historicity in the 1930s…

    Hardback – 2015-08-14
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  • Spaces of the Cinematic Home

    Behind the Screen Door

    Edited by Eleanor Andrews, Stella Hockenhull, Fran Pheasant-Kelly

    This book examines the ways in which the house appears in films and the modes by which it moves beyond being merely a backdrop for action. Specifically, it explores the ways that domestic spaces carry inherent connotations that filmmakers exploit to enhance meanings and pleasures within film.…

    Hardback – 2015-08-06
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  • Cinema and Language Loss

    Displacement, Visuality and the Filmic Image

    By Tijana Mamula

    Cinema and Language Loss provides the first sustained exploration of the relationship between linguistic displacement and visuality in the filmic realm, examining in depth both its formal expressions and theoretical implications. Combining insights from psychoanalysis, philosophy and film theory,…

    Paperback – 2015-07-16
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  • Theorizing Film Acting

    Edited by Aaron Taylor

    This comprehensive collection provides theoretical accounts of the grounds and phenomenon of film acting. The volume features entries by some of the most prominent scholars on film acting who collectively represent the various theoretical traditions that constitute the discipline of film studies.…

    Paperback – 2015-06-23
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  • The Politics of Loss and Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema

    By Raz Yosef

    The last decade has marked the growing visibility and worldwide interest in Israeli cinema. Films such as Walk on Water, Or, My Treasure, Beaufort and Waltz with Bashir have been commercially and critically successful both in Europe and the United States and have won a number of prestigious…

    Paperback – 2015-06-23
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  • Cinema as Weather

    Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change

    By Kristi McKim

    How do cinematic portrayals of the weather reflect and affect our experience of the world? While weatherly predictability and surprise can impact our daily experience, the history of cinema attests to the stylistic and narrative significance of snow, rain, wind, sunshine, clouds, and skies. Through…

    Paperback – 2015-06-23
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  • Asian Cinema and the Use of Space

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    Edited by Lilian Chee, Edna Lim

    Asian cinemas are connected to global networks and participate in producing international film history while at the same time influenced and engaged by spatial, cultural, social and political transformations. This interdisciplinary study forwards a productive pairing of Asian cinemas and space,…

    Hardback – 2015-05-06
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  • The Western in the Global South

    Edited by MaryEllen Higgins, Rita Keresztesi, Dayna Oscherwitz

    The Western in the Global South investigates the Western film genre's impact, migrations, and reconfigurations in the Global South. Contributors explore how cosmopolitan directors have engaged with, appropriated, and subverted the tropes and conventions of Hollywood and Italian Westerns, and how…

    Hardback – 2015-05-05
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  • Film and the American Presidency

    Edited by Jeff Menne, Christian B. Long

    The contention of Film and the American Presidency is that over the twentieth century the cinema has been a silent partner in setting the parameters of what we might call the presidential imaginary. This volume surveys the partnership in its longevity, placing stress on especially iconic presidents…

    Hardback – 2015-03-24
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  • Hollywood Action Films and Spatial Theory

    By Nick Jones

    This book applies the discourse of the so-called ‘spatial turn’ to popular contemporary cinema, in particular the action sequences of twenty-first century Hollywood productions. Tackling a variety of spatial imaginations (contemporary iconic architecture; globalisation and non-places;…

    Hardback – 2015-03-11
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  • Popular Film Music and Masculinity in Action

    A Different Tune

    By Amanda Howell

    Amanda Howell offers a new perspective on the contemporary pop score as the means by which masculinities not seen—or heard—before become a part of post-World War II American cinema. Popular Film Music and Masculinity in Action addresses itself to an eclectic mix of film, from Elvis and Travolta…

    Hardback – 2015-01-28
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  • American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age

    Depictions of War in Burns, Moore, and Morris

    By Lucia Ricciardelli

    American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age examines the recent challenges to the conventions of realist documentary through the lens of war documentary films by Ken Burns, Michael Moore, and Errol Morris. During the twentieth century, the invention of new technologies of audiovisual…

    Hardback – 2014-12-18
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  • Moralizing Cinema

    Film, Catholicism, and Power

    Edited by Daniel Biltereyst, Daniela Treveri Gennari

    This volume is part of the recent interest in the study of religion and popular media culture (cinema in particular), but it strongly differs from most of this work in this maturing discipline. Contrary to most other edited volumes and monographs on film and religion, Moralizing Cinema will not…

    Hardback – 2014-12-03
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  • American and Chinese-Language Cinemas

    Examining Cultural Flows

    Edited by Lisa Funnell, Man-Fung Yip

    Critics frequently describe the influence of "America," through Hollywood and other cultural industries, as a form of cultural imperialism. This unidirectional model of interaction does not address, however, the counter-flows of Chinese-language films into the American film market or the influence…

    Hardback – 2014-10-10
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  • Eco-Trauma Cinema

    Edited by Anil Narine

    Film has taken a powerful position alongside the global environmental movement, from didactic documentaries to the fantasy pleasures of commercial franchises. This book investigates in particular film’s complex role in representing ecological traumas. Eco-trauma cinema represents the harm we, as…

    Hardback – 2014-10-10
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  • Cinema and Inter-American Relations

    Tracking Transnational Affect

    By Adrián Pérez Melgosa

    Cinema and Inter-American Relations studies the key role that commercial narrative films have played in the articulation of the political and cultural relationship between the United States and Latin America since the onset of the Good Neighbor policy (1933). Pérez Melgosa analyzes the evolution of…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Iranian Cinema in a Global Context

    Policy, Politics, and Form

    Edited by Peter Decherney, Blake Atwood

    Iranian films have been the subject of much critical and scholarly attention over the past several decades, and Iranian filmmakers are mainstays of international film festivals. Yet most of the attention has been focused on a small segment of Iranian film production: auteurist art cinema. Iranian…

    Hardback – 2014-09-09
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  • The Woman's Film of the 1940s

    Gender, Narrative, and History

    By Alison L. McKee

    This book explores the relationship among gender, desire, and narrative in 1940s woman’s films which negotiate the terrain between public history and private experience. The woman’s film and other form of cinematic melodrama have often been understood as positioning themselves outside history, and…

    Hardback – 2014-04-24
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  • Narratives of Gendered Dissent in South Asian Cinemas

    By Alka Kurian

    This book conducts a post-colonial, gendered investigation of women-centred South Asian films. In these films, the narrative becomes an act of political engagement and a site of feminist struggle: a map that weaves together multiple strands of subjectivity—gender, caste, race, class, religion, and…

    Paperback – 2014-03-19
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  • Postcolonial Film

    History, Empire, Resistance

    Edited by Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Peter Hulme

    Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance examines films of the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries from postcolonial countries around the globe. In the mid twentieth century, the political reality of resistance and decolonization lead to the creation of dozens of new states,…

    Hardback – 2014-03-13
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  • Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948

    The Untold History of the Film Industry

    By Brian Yecies, Ae-Gyung Shim

    Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948 compares and contrasts the development of cinema in Korea during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945) and US Army Military (1945-1948) periods within the larger context of cinemas in occupied territories. It differs from previous studies by drawing links between…

    Paperback – 2013-11-08
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  • Cine-Ethics

    Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship

    Edited by Jinhee Choi, Mattias Frey

    This volume looks at the significance and range of ethical questions that pertain to various film practices. Diverse philosophical traditions provide useful frameworks to discuss spectators’ affective and emotional engagement with film, which can function as a moral ground for one’s connection to…

    Hardback – 2013-10-15
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  • Postfeminism and Paternity in Contemporary US Film

    Framing Fatherhood

    By Hannah Hamad

    This book interrogates representations of fatherhood across the spectrum of popular U.S. film of the early twenty-first century. It situates them in relation to postfeminist discourse, identifying and discussing dominant paradigms and tropes that emerge from the tendency of popular cinema to…

    Hardback – 2013-09-24
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  • Japanese Horror Films and their American Remakes

    By Valerie Wee

    The Ring (2002)—Hollywood’s remake of the Japanese cult success Ringu (1998)—marked the beginning of a significant trend in the late 1990s and early 2000s of American adaptations of Asian horror films. This book explores this complex process of adaptation, paying particular attention to the various…

    Hardback – 2013-09-20
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  • Neoliberalism and Global Cinema

    Capital, Culture, and Marxist Critique

    Edited by Jyotsna Kapur, Keith B. Wagner

    In cinema studies today, rarely do we find a direct investigation into the culture of capitalism and how it has been refracted and fabricated in global cinema production under neoliberalism. However, the current economic crisis and the subsequent Wall Street bailout in 2008 have brought about a…

    Paperback – 2013-06-07
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  • Spanish Cinema in the Global Context

    Film on Film

    By Samuel Amago

    Across a broad spectrum of media, markets, and national contexts, self-reflexivity continues to be a favored narrative mode with wide ranging functions. In this book Amago argues that, in addition to making visible industry and production concerns within the film text, reflexive aesthetics have a…

    Hardback – 2013-05-23
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  • Crossover Cinema

    Cross-Cultural Film from Production to Reception

    Edited by Sukhmani Khorana

    Cinematic products in the twenty-first century increasingly emerge from, engage with, and are consumed in cross-cultural settings. While there have been a number of terms used to describe cinematic forms that do not bear allegiance to a single nation in terms of conceptualization, content, finance…

    Hardback – 2013-05-21
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  • Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy

    Gender as Genre

    By John Alberti

    This volume addresses the growing obsolescence of traditional constructions of masculine identity in popular romantic comedies by proposing an approach that combines gender and genre theory to examine the ongoing radical reconstruction of gender roles in these films.  Alberti creates a unified…

    Hardback – 2013-05-02
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  • Landscape and Memory in Post-Fascist Italian Film

    Cinema Year Zero

    By Giuliana Minghelli

    This study argues that neorealism’s visual genius is inseparable from its almost invisible relation to the Fascist past: a connection inscribed in cinematic landscapes. While largely a silent narrative, neorealism’s complex visual processing of two decades of Fascism remains the greatest cultural…

    Hardback – 2013-04-12
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  • The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film

    Plus Ultra Pluralism

    By Matthew J. Marr

    The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film examines the onscreen construction of adolescent, elderly, and disabled subjects in Spanish cinema from 1992 to the present. Applying a dual lens of film analysis and theory drawn from the allied fields of youth, age, and disability…

    Hardback – 2012-11-13
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  • The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film

    Radical Projection

    By Jennifer Lynde Barker

    Through a series of detailed film case histories ranging from The Great Dictator to Hiroshima mon amour to The Lives of Others, The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection explores the genesis and recurrence of antifascist aesthetics as it manifests in the WWII, Cold War and Post-Wall…

    Hardback – 2012-10-16
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  • European Civil War Films

    Memory, Conflict, and Nostalgia

    By Eleftheria Rania Kosmidou

    This book examines the ways in which late twentieth-century European cinema deals with the neglected subject of civil war. Exploring a range of films about the Spanish, Irish, former Yugoslavia, and Greek civil wars, this comparative and interdisciplinary study engages with contemporary debates in…

    Hardback – 2012-08-07
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  • Stardom and the Aesthetics of Neorealism

    Ingrid Bergman in Rossellini's Italy

    By Ora Gelley

    In this exciting new book, Gelley considers the collaboration between Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman in light of the neorealist aesthetic. This study re-examines the director's postwar works in relation to the contemporary discussion on Italian national identity: rather than marking a radical break…

    Hardback – 2012-05-29
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  • Postwar Renoir

    Film and the Memory of Violence

    By Colin Davis

    This book re-assesses director Jean Renoir’s work between his departure from France in 1940 and his death in 1979, and contributes to the debate over how the medium of film registers the impact of trauma. The 1930s ended in catastrophe for both for Renoir and for France: La Règle du jeu was a…

    Hardback – 2012-04-03
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  • Cinema, Memory, Modernity

    The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema

    By Russell J.A. Kilbourn

    Since its inception, cinema has evolved into not merely a ‘reflection’ but an indispensable index of human experience – especially our experience of time’s passage, of the present moment, and, most importantly perhaps, of the past, in both collective and individual terms. In this volume, Kilbourn…

    Paperback – 2012-03-16
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  • Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers

    The Aesthetic Paradox of Pleasurable Fear

    By Julian Hanich

    Why can fear be pleasurable? Why do we sometimes enjoy an emotion we otherwise desperately wish to avoid? And why are the movies the predominant place for this paradoxical experience? These are the central questions of Julian Hanich’s path-breaking book, in which he takes a detailed look at the…

    Paperback – 2012-03-15
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  • Hollywood Melodrama and the New Deal

    Public Daydreams

    By Anna Siomopoulos

    While many critics have analyzed the influence of the FDR administration on Hollywood films of the era, most of these studies have focused either on New Deal imagery or on studio interactions with the federal government. Neither type of study explores the relationship between film and the…

    Hardback – 2012-03-05
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  • Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas

    The Reel Asian Exchange

    Edited by Philippa Gates, Lisa Funnell

    This collection examines the exchange of Asian identities taking place at the levels of both film production and film reception amongst pan-Pacific cinemas. The authors consider, on the one hand, texts that exhibit what Mette Hjort refers to as, "marked transnationality," and on the other, the…

    Hardback – 2011-10-21
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  • Lesbianism, Cinema, Space

    The Sexual Life of Apartments

    By Lee Wallace

    In this cutting edge volume, Wallace identifies a unique trend in post-Production Code films that deal with lesbian content: stories of lesbianism invariably engage with an apartment setting, a spatial motif not typically associated with lesbian history or cultural representation. Through the…

    Paperback – 2011-08-15
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  • Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas, and Latin America

    Edited by Victoria Ruétalo, Dolores Tierney

    Exploring the much neglected area of Latin American exploitation cinema, this anthology challenges established continental and national histories and canons which often exclude exploitation cinema due to its perceived ‘low’ cultural status. It argues that Latin American exploitation cinema…

    Paperback – 2011-07-01
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  • Distributing Silent Film Serials

    Local Practices, Changing Forms, Cultural Transformation

    By Rudmer Canjels

    Tracing the international consumption, distribution, and cultural importance of silent film serials in the 1910s and 1920s, Canjels provides an exciting new understanding of the cultural dimension and the cultural transformation and circulation of media forms. Specifically, he demonstrates that the…

    Hardback – 2010-12-21
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  • Post-War Italian Cinema

    American Intervention, Vatican Interests

    By Daniela Treveri Gennari

    Through a comparative approach of current theories developed on ideology and an analysis of official documents from the Vatican and the United States Department of State, the book investigates the decisive role that American production companies played in the development of the Italian film…

    Paperback – 2010-11-10
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  • Nation and Identity in the New German Cinema

    Homeless at Home

    By Inga Scharf

    In this original study, Scharf investigates issues of national identity in films of the New German Cinema. Using a cultural studies analysis, Scharf argues that the conflict between this generation of critical filmmakers and their ‘German-ness’ translate into feature films that…

    Paperback – 2010-01-26
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