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Most popular Film theory & criticism books

The most popular Film theory & criticism books currently available. Updated weekly.
WJEC Eduqas Film Studies for A Level & AS
Written by experienced Film Studies authors and teachers, this key resource provides students with the core knowledge and exemplification they need to support them through their Film Studies course and prepare them thoroughly for their final exams.
'"Good story" means something worth telling that the world wants to hear. Finding this is your lonely task... but the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world driven by your passion, courage and creative gifts is still not enough. Your goal must be a good story well told.' Robert McKee
Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. Book & DVD Set
Kubrick's extraordinary gift for thought-provoking entertainment is the driving force behind A Clockwork Orange, which tells the story of a young man subjected to inhumane treatment to "cure" him of his violent behavior. Each set in the Making of a Masterpiece series comes in a deluxe LP-sized folio and includes the remastered DVD, the original...
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Book & DVD Set
Stanley Kubrick's epic mind-expanding adventure traces man's journey from prehistory into the uncharted universe of the future, inviting us to rethink everything we thought we knew. Each set in the Making of a Masterpiece series comes in a deluxe LP-sized folio and includes a DVD of the remastered film, the original poster, interviews, and...
Film Fourth Edition: A Critical Introduction
Film, Third Edition: A Critical Introduction
A text for students of film studies. It illustrates basic film concepts in context. It addresses techniques and terminology used in film production and criticism, emphasizing thinking and writing critically. It focuses on the fundamentals of film analysis before moving on to more complex topics.
Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont
The intoxicating story of Hollywood, as seen from the suites and bungalows of its most iconic hotel.
Thunderbook: The World of Bond According to Smersh Pod
Future of the Image
How Does It Feel?: A Life of Musical Misadventures
The hilarious memoir of adored film critic Mark Kermode's riotous attempts to become a popstar - 'Wonderful...terrific...hit me right between the eyes' STEPHEN FRY
99 Ways to Die in the Movies
There have been many spectacular, tragic, shocking and downright gruesome deaths in Hollywood films over the years, and this little compendium brings together 99 of the most memorable.
Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms
A fascinating analysis of the psychology behind 'Black Panther'.
Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art
American Film: A History
A closer look at the captivating history of American cinema.
Intervals of Cinema
An essential analysis of cinema from one of the great figures of French philosophy.
Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. Book & DVD Set
Barry Lyndon is a cinematic masterwork without equal. At first misunderstood upon its 1975 release, it is now widely considered to be one of Kubrick's finest achievements. Each set in the Making of a Masterpiece series comes in a deluxe LP-sized folio and includes a DVD of the remastered film, the original poster, essays, interviews, and...
Times on Cinema
The Times on Cinema explores the history of film journalism through The Times' extensive archive of reviews and interviews
The writings of Straub and Huillet, presented for the first time in a critical, English-language edition, shed light on the filmmaking couple's essential contributions and their unique place in film history.
Film Studies: An Introduction
Ed Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director's use of camera movement., He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening list and can be used within courses on film history, film theory, or popular culture. Straightforward explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects further anchor the reader's understanding of the formal language and anatomy of film.
Star Wars Archives. 1977-1983
Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. In this XXL-sized tome, George Lucas guides us through the original trilogy like never before, recounting the inspirations, experiences, and stories that created a modern monomyth. Complete with script pages, concept art, storyboards, on-set...
<I>La Parisienne</i> in Cinema: Between Art and Life
The first book-length work on the Parisienne, this study combines scholarship in the fields of art history, literature and fashion to enrich our understanding of this intriguing cinematic figure, simultaneously offering new perspectives on film. -- .
MGM Style: Cedric Gibbons and the Art of the Golden Age of Hollywood
"An overview of the career and achievements of Hollywood's most famous art director. Cedric Gibbons was the supervisor in charge of the art department at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studios from its inception in 1924 until Gibbons chose to retire in 1956. Contains over 175 photographs, the majority of which have never before been published"--
Writing About Movies
The only writing guide a film student will ever need.
Film and Television Analysis: An Introduction to Methods, Theories, and Approaches
Second Sight: The Selected Film Writing of Adam Mars-Jones
Adam Mars-Jones guides us through his entire career as viewer and film critic.
Laurent Cantet
American Independent Cinema: Second Edition
This introduction to American Independent Cinema offers both a comprehensive industrial and economic history of the sector from the early twentieth century to the present and a study of key individual films, filmmakers and film companies.
Reimagining Ireland Reader: Examining Our Past, Shaping Our Future
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Films That Made Me...
Blade Runner 2049: A Philosophical Exploration
Withnail and the Romantic Imagination: A Eulogy
Beginning Film Studies
The perfect one-stop-shop for anyone starting film studies. -- .
Stanley Kubrick: The Odysseys
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction
Why to Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and the Iconic American Film Mean to Us Today
A look at the enduring importance of To Kill a Mockingbird at a time when racial division in the US is at its most severe.
Horror Cinema
Get ready to quake in fear with this revised and expanded edition of our history of horror cinema. From serial killers to satanists, The Shining to Scream, some 600 pages explore the genre's favorite themes, mythologies, and motifs, and get up close and trembling to 50 top horror masterworks from the 1920s to the 2000s.
Don't Look Now
British Rural Landscapes on Film
Offers insights into how rural areas in Britain have been represented on film, from the silent era, through both world wars, and on into the twenty-first century. -- .
Afterimages: On Cinema, Women and Changing Times
A return by essential film critic Laura Mulvey to questions of film theory and feminism.
Pixels of Paul Cezanne: And Reflections on Other Artists
The Pixels of Paul Cezanne is a collection of essays by Wim Wenders which he presents his observations and reflections on the fellow artists who have influenced, shaped and inspired him."How are they doing it?"
American Independent Cinema: Second Edition
This introduction to American Independent Cinema offers both a comprehensive industrial and economic history of the sector from the early twentieth century to the present and a study of key individual films, filmmakers and film companies.
World of James Bond: The Lives and Times of 007
This book presents an insightful and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the politics of the Bond books and films. Class, gender, violence, sex, race-all are themes that Black scrutinizes through ongoing shifts in characterization and plot. His informed analysis provides a fascinating history of the enduring and evolving appeal of James Bond.
Secret Life of the Movies
Hidden motifs, references, background details, set design, cameos, crossovers, inspirations and oddities in the history of cinema.
Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema
Sets down the author's thoughts and his memories, revealing for the original inspirations for his films - Ivan's Childhood, Andrey Rublyov, Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice. The author discusses their history and his methods of work, and he explores the many problems of visual creativity.
Understanding Film Theory
Doing Rude Things: The History of the British Sex Film
Movies of the 80s
From epic Hollywood blockbusters to dystopian sci-fi fantasies: the movies of the 1980s saw the invention of a new movie-world so convincingly real that none dared resist it. This compendium presents the most influential and successful films of an era when mullets and shoulder pads were all the rage. Complete with glossy images, detailed plot...
Movies (And Other Things)
Alfred Hitchcock. The Complete Films
Meet the inventor of modern horror. This complete guide to the Hitchcock canon is a movie buff's dream: from his 1925 debut The Pleasure Garden to 1976's swan song Family Plot, we trace the filmmaker's entire life and career. With a detailed entry for each of Hitchcock's 53 movies, this clothbound book combines insightful texts, photography,...
Innocence of Memories