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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.
Film 3rd Edition: A Critical Introduction: 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.
'"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
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.
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
Future of the Image
Films That Made Me...
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.
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.
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...
Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms
A fascinating analysis of the psychology behind 'Black Panther'.
Intervals of Cinema
An essential analysis of cinema from one of the great figures of French philosophy.
American Film: A History
A closer look at the captivating history of American cinema.
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.
'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': On Where Eagles Dare
Blade Runner 2049: A Philosophical Exploration
<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. -- .
Film and Television Analysis: An Introduction to Methods, Theories, and Approaches
Dictionary of Film Terms: The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art - Fifth Edition
Now in its fifth edition, Frank Beaver's Dictionary of Film Terms has become an indispensable reference tool for the study of films and filmmaking. The updated and expanded edition includes new definitions ranging from "bullet-time" optical effects, to the coming-of-age narrative, and LED lighting technology in science fiction films. More than 200 film title references have been added.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
From Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the bestselling behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film.
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.
Laurent Cantet
Reimagining Ireland Reader: Examining Our Past, Shaping Our Future
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Writing About Movies
The only writing guide a film student will ever need.
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.
Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films
This volume takes up the topic of racism in American Cinema from its early days of film production to the present. Covering over 300 entries that include films, producers, directors, actors, genres, and critical interpretations, this book is the first of its kind.
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.
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.
Don't Look Now
Stanley Kubrick: The Odysseys
Innocence of Memories
Rocliffe Notes - A Guide To Low Budget Film-making: Rocliffe Notes
Understanding Film Theory
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.
Sound Objects
The contributors to this ambitious and wide-ranging collection explore sound as an object, sound studies as a discipline, and the limits of sonic objectivity.
Story of Film
This new edition of The Story of Film, published to coincide with the fascinating 15-hour film documentary airing in September 2011, updates the most accessible and compelling history of the medium yet published.
Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue
Three media experts guide the serious Christian moviegoer into a theological conversation with movies in this up-to-date, readable introduction to Christian theology and film.
From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film
Aesthetics and the Cinematic Narrative: An Introduction
Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema
Presents and discusses a treasure trove of early color film images from the archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands, bringing to life their rich hues and forgotten splendor.
Welcome to the Cheap Seats: Silver Screen Portrayals of the British Working Class
Cronenberg on Cronenberg (new edition)
With films such as "The Brood" and "Videodrome", David Cronenberg established himself as Canada's most provocative director. This title charts his development from maker of inexpensive exploitation cinema to internationally renowned director of million-dollar movies, and reveals the concerns and obsessions which continue to dominate his work.
Horror Reader
The Horror Reader brings together 29 key articles to explore the enduring resonance of horror in popular culture.
Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films
Follows Bond from the 1962 'Dr No', through the subsequent Bond films, exploring them within the culture and politics of the times, as well as within film culture itself. This work provides coverage of Brosnan as Bond in "The World is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day"; and includes a chapter on "Casino Royale" and Daniel Craig's new-look Bond.
Film, Form, and Culture: Fourth Edition
Barbara Hammer: Evidentary Bodies
Out Of My Father's Shadow: Sinatra of the Seine, My Dad Eddie Constantine
Narration in the Fiction Film
Cutting Rhythms: Intuitive Film Editing