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Amar Akbar Anthony Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation
ISBN: HB: 9780674504486, Harvard University Press, December 2015
330 pp., 23.5x15.7 cm, 27 halftones
A Bollywood blockbuster when it was released in 1977, "Amar Akbar Anthony" has become a classic of Hindi cinema and a touchstone of Indian popular culture. Delighting audiences with its songs and madcap adventures, the film follows the heroics of thr...
Making Personas Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan
ISBN: HB: 9780674065697, Harvard University Press, November 2013
350 pp., 23.1x16.3 cm, 50 black&white illus.
The film star is not simply an actor but a historical phenomenon that derives from the production of an actor's attractiveness, the circulation of his or her name and likeness, and the support of media consumers. This book analyzes the establishment...
Making "Dead Birds" Chronicle of a Film
ISBN: PB: 9780873658232, Harvard University Press, March 2008
160 pp., 15.6x23.4 cm, 30 colour photographs, 35 quadtones
Robert Gardner's classic "Dead Birds" is one of the most highly acclaimed and controversial documentary films ever made. This detailed and candid account of the process of making Dead Birds, from the birth of the idea through filming in New Guinea to...
Virtual Life of Film
ISBN: PB: 9780674026988, Harvard University Press, October 2007
216 pp., 15.6x23.4 cm, 18 halftones
As almost (or, truly, virtually) every aspect of making and viewing movies is replaced by digital technologies, even the notion of "watching a film" is fast becoming an anachronism. With the likely disappearance of celluloid film stock as a medium, a...
Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity
ISBN: PB: 9780674013469, Harvard University Press, June 2004
352 pp., 15.6x23.4 cm, 61 halftones
Film noir remains one of the most enduring legacies of 1940s and '50s Hollywood. Populated by double-crossing, unsavory characters, this pioneering film style explored a shadow side of American life during a period of tremendous prosperity and optimi...
Secret Life of Puppets
ISBN: PB: 9780674012448, Harvard University Press, November 2003
368 pp., 14.4x22.5 cm, 15 halftones
In one of those rare books that allows us to see the world not as we've never seen it before, but as we see it daily without knowing, Victoria Nelson illuminates the deep but hidden attraction the supernatural still holds for a secular mainstream cul...
Storytelling in Film and Television
ISBN: PB: 9780674010871, Harvard University Press, June 2003
192 pp., 15.6x23.4 cm, 4 halftones, 5 tables
Derided as simple, dismissed as inferior to film, famously characterized as a vast wasteland, television nonetheless exerts an undeniable, apparently inescapable power in our culture. The secret of television's success may well lie in the remarkable...
Emergence of Cinematic Time Modernity, Contingency, the Archive
ISBN: PB: 9780674007840, Harvard University Press, December 2002
304 pp., 15.6x23.4 cm, 44 halftones
Hailed as the permanent record of fleeting moments, the cinema emerged at the turn of the nineteenth century as an unprecedented means of capturing time – and this at a moment when disciplines from physics to philosophy, and historical trends from in...
Storytelling in the New Hollywood Understanding Classical Narrative Technique
ISBN: PB: 9780674839755, Harvard University Press, November 1999
416 pp., 15.6x23.4 cm, 40 halftones
In a book as entertaining as it is enlightening, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, easily comprehensible, entertaining films. She also takes on the myth t...
Ministry of Illusion Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife
ISBN: PB: 9780674576407, Harvard University Press, October 1996
480 pp., 15.6x23.4 cm, 40 halftones, 4 tables, 2 line illus.
German cinema of the Third Reich, even a half-century after Hitler's demise, still provokes extreme reactions. "Never before and in no other country", observes director Wim Wenders, "have images and language been abused so unscrupulously as here, nev...