Considers how popular Haitian films not only provide entertainment but also help audiences in Haiti and the diaspora think through daily challenges.
Explores the “torture” of mannered behavior and the prevalence of etiquette as a theme in classical and contemporary Hollywood and European cinema.
Examines literary, historical, and cultural portrayals of Chinese women, across centuries and continents.
Extensive meditations on silence in the films of Alfred Hitchcock.
Argues that transgender representations in film make it more difficult for cisgender people to understand the experiences of transgender people and for transgender people to fully participate in public life.
Brings together Ana M. López's field-defining essays on Latin American film and media in one indispensable volume.
The definitive philosophical exploration of the work of pioneering filmmaker Terrence Malick.
Explores the figure of the detective as a pursuer of knowledge in four noir films.
Uses popular films to reveal the tensions generated during Japan’s postwar "economic miracle," challenging the prevailing view that it was a story of great national success.
Illuminates the complex factors that have helped or hindered creative work by and about women in the twenty-first-century Brazilian film industry.
Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Explores Italian filmmakers' representations of China and the Chinese, both at home and abroad.
Argues that Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch was a central concern of filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s.
Elucidates how neoliberalism rules all areas of life and operates as a form of common sense, taking Mexico as a case study.
Presents an original, insightful, and compelling vision of the trajectory of Cavell's oeuvre, one that takes his kinship with Emerson as inextricably bound up with his ever-deepening thinking about movies.
A deeply personal study of post-9/11 film that exposes how genre can frame the shifting meanings of the War on Terror and its impact on American law and culture.
Examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic films express white racial anxiety.
Argues that Irish American masculinity functioned to negotiate, consolidate, and reinforce hegemonic whiteness in Hollywood cinema from 1930 to 1960.
A unique exploration of contemporary filmmaking from cinema’s ultimate insiders.
Studies the force of action, motion, and vision in the early cinema of Hollywood director Raoul Walsh.
Traces the circulation of Hollywood films in North Africa and the Middle East from the early twentieth century to the present.
A powerful and original statement on the nature of film and the intimate relation of “film imagination” to our lives as human beings in the world.
Considers how Hollywood films since the 1960s have both reflected and shaped attitudes toward rape and sexual violence.
Examines the filmic representation of Whiteness as Indigeneity and its role in mediating racial politics in Mexico.
Explores questions of death and mortality in several key texts of East Asian literature and cinema.
Sheds light on emergent Latin America cinema that addresses the politics of environmental destruction, the unevenness of climate change consequences, and new ways of visualizing the world beyond the human.
Extensive meditations on the theme of the voyage in six Hitchcock films: Psycho, The 39 Steps, The Birds, Dial M for Murder, Rich and Strange, and Suspicion.
Looks at how a group of aesthetically innovative independent films contested and imagined alternatives to urban planning in midcentury New York.
Explores how nostalgia operates in contemporary US film and television.
Uses extensive archival research to explore the manifold contributions of foreign film workers to emerging film industries in Latin America from the 1930s to early 1940s.
Examines representations of religion in Mexican film from the Golden Age to the early twenty-first century.
Charts underexamined genealogies of minoritarian aesthetic responses to the multiple crises of the long 1970s.
Explores how suburban space and the body are racialized in American film.
The first academic explanation for how spectators use their imaginations as part of the experience and appreciation of popular fantasy filmmaking.
Offers a distinctive interpretation of The Godfather as a novel and film sequence.
Offers both a production history and a close analysis, with a chapter for each of the film's eleven shots.
Examines the place of book-to-film adaptations by one of Italy's most famous postwar film directors.
Provides a new way of thinking about film's relation to theatre.
Discusses world literature and cinema from the perspective of literary languages and film traditions that do not hold a hegemonic position.
Demonstrates how transhistorical myths of masculinity are both perpetuated and challenged in recent Mexican cinema.
Analyzes contemporary superhero-themed cinema, television, and web series in Latin America.
Traces the giallo mystery/horror genre from its genesis in Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s to its contemporary place in the global cult-film canon.
Considers how and why taste persists in the analysis of Mexican film and television by looking at key figures and their impact on the curation of violence.
Across a variety of genres, shows how mental disorders are depicted in cinema.
Lively analysis of how Henry James's fiction anticipates later filmmakers' concerns with what we can see and what we can know.
Examines Shanghai both as a real city and an imaginary locale, from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives.
An authoritative study of this postsecular film movement from the French-Belgian border region that rose to prominence at the turn of the twenty-first century.
Examines representations of surplus enjoyment in postcolonial literature and film to focus on self-other relations rather than difference.
Engaging essays on a wide spectrum of Hollywood directors and the films they created.
Demonstrates that slapstick film comedies display a canny and sometimes profound understanding of their medium.
Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.
Assesses how America's film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period.
Drawing on the film-philosophies of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze, argues that skepticism is an ethical problem that pervades contemporary film.
Explores how modernist films use classical music in ways that restore the music’s original subversive energy.
Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.
Considers how dangerous beasts in horror films illuminate the human-animal relationship.
Analyzes six films as allegories of capitalism’s precarious state in the early twenty-first century.
Draws from twentieth-century French thought on film and aesthetics to address the philosophical significance of the pervasiveness of screens in contemporary technological life as well as the mutation of philosophy that such a pervasiveness seems to require.
Investigates how musicals, war films, sex comedies, and Westerns dealt with contentious issues during a time of change in Hollywood.
Makes the case that philosophy has an essential role to play in the serious study of film.
Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.
Analyzes how location-shot crime films of the 1970s reflected and influenced understandings of urban crisis.
Examines how recent Argentine horror films engage with the legacies of dictatorship and neoliberalism.
Uses cultural representations to investigate how two religious minority communities came to be incorporated into the Mexican nation.
Investigates how Argentine cinema has represented rural spaces and urban margins from the 1910s to the present.
Assesses how cinematic biographies of key figures reflect and shape what it means to be British.
Comprehensive examination of how Indigenous peoples have been represented in Argentine film.
Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.
Comprehensive analysis of 220 hours of outtakes that impels us to reexamine our assumptions about a crucial Holocaust documentary.
The first book-length study of Trecartin’s artistic genealogy, evolving aesthetics, radical approach to digital and Internet culture, and impact on contemporary art, film, and media.
Demonstrates how film adaptations intersect with feminist discourse in neoliberal Mexico.
Explores a growing number of films and filmmakers that challenge the strict boundaries between belief and unbelief.
How films of the 1960s and early 1970s framed therapeutic issues as problems of human communication, and individual psychological problems as social ones.
A broad examination of climate fantasy and science fiction, from The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series to The Handmaid's Tale and Game of Thrones.
Reconsiders mostly German narratives from around 1800 to recover echoes of a queer messianic that still resonate today.
Explores the director's repeated voyages into the dreamlike.
Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.
Explores intervisual case studies in relation to migration, xenophobia, and gender.
Identifies a new genre—misdirection films—and explains its appeal to contemporary producers and audiences.
Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue.
Argues that understanding Huston’s film adaptations of literary works is essential to understanding his oeuvre as a filmmaker.
Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.
Investigates the cultural value of film violence.
Offers new and compelling perspectives on the deeply moral nature of Hitchcock’s films.
Explores the influence of Bertolt Brecht’s ideas on the practice and study of cinema.
Reconstructs how Ray became a “rebel auteur” in cinema culture.
Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.
A story of self, braided to a story of American culture.
Explores the philosophical, literary, and psychoanalytic significance of film endings.
Contends that the narrative and aesthetic qualities of the documentary genre enable new understandings of animals and animal/human relationships.
How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.
Analyzes the diverse roles and pervasive presence of disability in Latin American literature and film.
Proposes that cinematic time is not a fixed idea, but a dynamic exchange between film and viewer.
A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film and ethics.
Combines psychoanalysis, queer theory, masculinity studies, and cultural studies to explore contemporary manhood in film.
Assesses the range and magnitude of Robert Gardner’s achievements as a filmmaker, photographer, writer, educator, and champion of independent cinema.
Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.
Provides sophisticated theoretical approaches to Latin American cinema and sexual culture.
Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.
A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.