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1988. Film as Social Practice by Graeme Turner
2007. From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture edited by Myra Mendible
1994. Going Steady. Film Writings 1968-1969 by Pauline Kael
2001. Keyframes: Popular Cinema and Cultural Studies edited by Matthew Tinkcom and Amy Villarejo
1987. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Film Writings 1965-1967 by Pauline Kael
1987. Nonindifferent Nature by Sergei Eisenstein
1991. Stardom: Industry of Desire by Christine Gledhill (Editor)

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  • Film as Social Practice: Third Edition [top]
    First published in 1988 in Great Britain by Routledge and simultaneously published in the US and Canada by Routledge
    Reprinted 1990, 1991, 1992
    Second Edition 1993, reprinted 1994 & 1995
    Third Edition 1999, paperback, 222pp, ISBN 0415215951

About the Author: Graeme Turner at the time of publication was Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of English at the University of Queensland. He is the author of British Cultural Studies (also published by Routledge)

About the Book: This new edition of a classic student textbook explores the feature film as entertainment, as narrative and as cultural event. Graeme Turner provides a clear introduction to major theoretical issues in the history of film production and film studies. He uses the issues to examine the cultural function of film and its place in our popular culture.

He also considers the place of film institutions in national political culture and whether cultural theory is relevant in explaining the social practice of making, watching and talking about feature films.

This third edition looks at classic and popular contemporary films, now including Scream 2, The Wedding Singer and Lethal Weapon 4, and includes a selection of brand new film stills.
It includes updated and expanded discussion of debates surrounding film narrative, feminist film theory, the film industry, and takes a look at the New Hollywood, and the rise of the multiplex cinema, audiences and spectatorship.
Arguments throughout the text have been revised to take into account recent developments in film and cultural theory and changing cinematic trends.

Contents:
Chapter 1. The Feature Film Industry:
The Feature Film Today; The Establishment of the Feature Film; American Domination of the Feature Film Industry; New Competitors, new strategies, new Hollywood; Suggestions for Further Work.

Chapter 2. From Seventh Art to Social Practice-A History of Film Studies: Early Aesthetic Approaches; Realist Approaches; Auteurs and Genres; The Institutionalization of Film Studies; Film as Social Practice; Suggestions for Further Work.

Chapter 3. Film Languages: Culture; Film as a Signifying Practice; The Signifiying Systems; Reading the Film; Suggestions for Further Work

Chapter 4. Film Narrative: The Universality of Story; The Function of Narrative; Structuralism and Narrative; Codes and Conventions; Genre; Structuralism, genre and the western; Narrative and narration; Suggestions for further work

Chapter 5. Film Audiences: Specifying the Audience; Stars; The Film Experience; The Film Spectator and Psychoanalysis; Audience Identification; Desire and The Image; Audiences, texts, and meanings; Suggestions for further work

Chapter 6. Film, Culture and Ideology: Film and National Culture; A National Cinema: the Australian Revival; Ideology in the Text; Issues in Ideological Analysis; Suggestions for Further Work

Chapter 7. Applications:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Desperately Seeking Susan
Conclusion

References; Index

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  • from Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture [top]
    Edited by Myra Mendible
    First published in 2007 in the United States by the University of Texas Press, in paperback, 323pp, ISBN 9780292714939

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
    From bananas to buttocks: the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. - 1st ed.
    p. cm.
    Includes bibliographic references and index.
    ISBN-13: 978-0-292-714922 (cloth: alk.paper)
    ISBN-10: 0-292-71492-0 (alk. paper)
    ISBN-13: 978-0-292-71493-9 (pbk.:alk.paper)
    ISBN-10: 0-292-71493-9 (alk.paper)
    1. Hispanic American women-Public opinion. 2. Hispanic American women-Ethnic identity. 3. Hispanic American women in mass media. 4. Popular culture-United States. 5. Body, Human-Social aspects-United States. 6. Femininity-United States. 7. Stereotypes (Social psychology)-United States. 8. Public opinion-United States. 9. United States-Ethnic relations. I. Mendible, Myra, 1954-
    E184.S75F748 2007
    305.48'868073009045-dc22

About this book: From the exuberant excesses of Carmen Miranda in the "tutti frutti hat" to the curvaceous posterior of Jennifer Lopez, the Latina body has long been a signifier of Latina/o identity is U.S. popular culture. But how does this stereotype of the exotic, erotic Latina "bombshell" relate, if at all, to real Latina women who represent a wide spectrum of ethnicities, national origins, cultures, and physical appearances? How are ideas about "Latinidad" imagined, challenged, and inscribed on Latina bodies? What racial, class and other markers of identity do representations of the Latina body signal or reject? In this broadly interdisciplinary book, experts from the fields of Latina/o studies, media studies, communication, comparative literature, women's studies, and sociology come together to offer the first wide-ranging look at the construction and representation of Latina identity in U.S. popular culture. The authors consider such popular figures as actresses Lupe Velez, Salma Hayek, and Jennifer Lopez; singers Shakira and Celia Cruz; and even the Hispanic Barbie doll in her many guises. They investigate the media discourses surrounding controversial Latinas such as Lorena Bobbitt and Marisleysis Gonzalez. And they discuss Latina representations in Lupe Solano's series of mystery books and in the popular TV Shows El Show de Cristina and Laura en America. This extensive treatment of Latina representation in popular culture not only gives a fresh insight into how meaning is produced through images of the Latin body, but also how such images are received, altered and challenged

Contents:
Introduction: Embodying Latinidad: An Overview by Myra Mendible

SECTION ONE. Case Studies: Silent and Classic Film Era
1. Film viewing in Latino Communities, 1896-1934: Puerto Rico as Microcosm by Clara E. Rodriguez
2. Lupe Velez: Queen of the B's by Rosa Linda Fregoso
3. Lupe Velez Regurgitated: Cautionary, Indigestion-Causing Ruminations on "Mexicans" in "American" Toilets Perpetrated While Covetously Screening "Veronica" by William A. Nericcio

SECTION TWO: Performing Bodies: Contemporary Film and Music Media
4. Celia's Shoes by Frances Negron-Muntaner
5. Salma Hayek's Frida: Transnational Latina Bodies in Popular Culture by Isabel Molina Guzman
6. Is Penelope to J.Lo as Culture Is to Nature? Eurocentric Approaches to "Latin" Beauties by Angharad Valdivia
7. Jennifer Lopez: The New Wave of Border Crossing by Tara Lockhart
8. "There's My Territory": Shakira Crossing Over by Cynthia Fuchs
9. "Hey, Killer": The Construction of a Macho Latina, or the Perils and Enticements of Girlfight by Karen R. Tochin

SECTION THREE. Sensational Bodies: Discourses of Latina Femininity
10. On the Semiotics of Lorena Bobbitt by Charla Ogaz
11. Disorderly Bodies and Discourse of Latinidad in the Elian Gonzalez Story by Isabel Molina Guzman
12. The Body in Question: The Latina Detective in the Lupe Solano Mystery Series by Ana Patricia Rodriguez
13. La Princesa Plastica: Hegemonic and Oppositional Representations of Latinidad in Hispanic Barbie by Karen Goldman
14. Chusmas, Chismes, y Escandalos: Latinas Talk Back to El Show de Cristina and Laura en America by Viviana Rojas
Contributors; Index

 

Latina Films

Kael, Pauline. 'Going Steady. Film Writings 1968-1969' published in 1994 in Great Britain by Marion Boyars, in paperback, 304pp, ISBN 0714529761. Condition: Very good, clean & tidy condition, well looked-after. Price: £10.50, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK customers, more for overseas buyers)
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About this book/synopsis: The title chosen by Pauline Kael for this classic collection of her film writings reflects a period of prolonged and sensitive commitment to a medium which was going through an era of profound and exciting change. The author states in the foreword that the reviews in this book constitute in some ways the best writing she had done because she had at that time (1968 onward, the period in which 'The New Yorker' had hired Pauline Kael to write a regular weekly column about movies) an editor who loved movies and who gave her the freedom to develop a sustained position on movies week on week; and also the independence from advertisers and from worries on what reader response would be to the reviews. This kind of independence makes criticism possible. The late sixties saw great cultural and political upheavals reflected in such films as Godard's "Weekend", Kubrik's "2001", and Bellochio's "China is Near". This volume also deals with films that are now recognised classics : 'Funny Girl", "Bullitt", "Barbarella" and "Yellow Submarine", among others.

In "Going Steady", Paulin Kael has kept her reviews in sequence so that 'the reader can follow not only what was evolving in films during a crucial period of social and aesthetic change at the end of the sixties, but follow the reviewer's developing responses.' It also contains her essay 'Trash, Art and the Movies.'

Those who believe that criticism is a lesser art should read Pauline Kael. She carries her reader forward intuitively and compellingly waiting for her intelligent and witty conclusions

Contents:
Foreword
1. Movies by the Week: First Sequence
Movies as Opera
"China is Near"

Celebrities Make Spectacles of Themselves
"Wild 90"

Ciphers
"How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life" / "Sebastian"

Intentions
"Poor Cow"

Making Lawrence more Lawrentian
"The Fox"

Apes Must Be Remembered, Charlie
"Planet of the Apes" / "Sweet November" / "Doctor Faustus"

A Great Folly, and a Small One
Mae Marsh's Death and "Intolerance" / "Charlie Bubbles"

That Clean Old Peasant Again
"The Two of Us" / "Bye Bye Braverman" / "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" / "A Matter of Innocence"

Business As Usual
"We Still Kill the Old Way" / "The Secret War of Harry Frigg"

The Freedom to Make Product
"30 is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia" / "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush"

O Pioneer!
"The Producers" / "Up the Junction" / "A Midsummer Nights Dream"

The Old Wave
"Benjamin" / "No Way to Treat a Lady"

A Minority Movie
"La Chinoise"

2. Trash, Art, and the Movies (essay)
3. Movies by the Week: Second Sequence
Bravo!
"Funny Girl"

Weekend in Hell
"Weekend"

War as Vaudeville
"The Charge of the Light Brigade" / "Les Biches" / "You Are What You Eat" / "Duffy" / "Charly"

"She Came at Me in Sections"
"Romeo and Juliet" / "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!" / Finian's Rainbow" / "The Subject was Roses"

Cripes!
"Star!" / "Bullitt" / "The Boston Strangler"

A Fresh Start
"Pretty Poison" / "Secret Ceremony" / Barbarella

Lionness in Winter
"The Lion in Winter"

Muddling Through
"The Shoes of the Fisherman" / "The Split" / "Head"

Metamorphosis of the Beatles
"Yellow Sumbarine"

The Corrupt and the Primitive
"Joanna" / "Faces"

The Concealed Art of Carol Reed
"Oliver!"

Frightening the Horses
"The Killing of Sister George" / "The Fixer" / "The Girl on a Motorcycle" / "A Flea in Her Ear" / "The Magus" / "The Birthday Party" / "Greetings"

A Sign of Life
"Shame"

Big Misses
"Ice Station Zebra" / "Candy" / "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

Filmed Theatre
"The Sea Gull"

Baggy Pants
"The Night They Raided Minsky's" / "The Sergeant

Son of Little Caesar
"The Brotherhood"

Overkill?
"The Stalking Moon"

Saintliness
"Simon of the Desert"

The Lady from Across the Sea
"Model Shop"

He Walks in Beauty
"Mayerling" / "Hell in the Pacific"

The Small Winner
"Stolen Kisses" / "Three in the Attic" / "The Night of the Following Day"

School Days, School Days
"If ..." / "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Index



Other Film Review Books - 1960s


Bad Movies!


Great Movies!
Tinkcom, Matthew; and Villarejo, Amy. 'Keyframes: Popular Cinema and Cultural Studies' published in 2001 in Great Britain by Routledge in hardback, 398pp, ISBN 0415202817. Condition: Very good, clean & tidy copy. Price:£15.99, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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About this book/synopsis: This book brings together cultural studies -analysis of cultures and audiences- and the study of popular cinema around the world (the film industry, production and technology). In essence, it's looking at the film industry in relation to the environment (global human societies and cultures) its products are consumed in; and driven and defined by.

The various contributors have looked and thought again about contemporary film culture keeping in mind concepts and concerns such as feminism, queer theory, "race" studies, critiques of nationalism, colonialism and post colonialism, the cultural economics of the fanbase (here called fandom), spectator theory, and Marxism.

Chapters:
List of figures; List of Contributors; Acknowledgements; Preface

Part 1
Woman as inter/national sign
Introduction

1. "You've been in my life so long I can't remember anything else": into the labyrinth with Ripley and the Alien
Pamela Church Gibson

2. Warrior marks: global womanism's neo-colonial discourse in a multicultural context
Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan

3. "Daddy, where's the FBI warning?":constructing the video spectator
Ina Rae Hark

4. Romance and/as tourism: heritage whiteness and the (inter)national imaginary in the new woman's film
Diane Negra

5. Race as spectacle, feminism as alibi: representing the civil rights era in the 1990s
Sharon Willis

Part 2
New constellations: stars

Introduction

6. Judy on the net: Judy Garland fandom and "the gay thing" revisited
Steven Cohan

7. Jackie Chan and the black connection
Gina Marchetti

8. Stardom and serial fantasies: Thomas Harris's Hannibal
Linda Mizejewkski

9. Learning from Bruce Lee: pedagogy and political correctness in martial arts cinema
Meaghan Morris

10. "Waas sappening?": narrative structure and iconography in Born in East L. A
Chon A. Noriega

Part 3
Moving Desires

Introduction

11. The voice of pornography: tracking the subject through the sonic spaces of gay male moving-image pornography
Rich Cante and Angelo Restivo

12. Nostalgia of the new wave: structure in Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together
Rey Chow

13. Mario Lanza and the "fourth world"
Marcia Landy

14. Devouring creation: cannibalism, sodomy, and the scene of analysis in Suddenly, Last Summer
Kevin Ohi

15. Queer Bollywood, or "I'm the player, you're the naive one": patterns of sexual subversion in recent Indian popular cinema
Thomas Waugh

Part 4
Production Notes

Introduction

16. Cinema studies doesn't matter; or, I know what you did last semester
Toby Miller

17. 12 Monkeys, postmodernism, and the urban: toward a new method
Matthew Ruben

18. Terminator technology: Hollywood, history, and technology
Paul Smith

19. "Compulsory" viewing for every citizen: Mr. Smith and the rhetoric of reception
Eric Smoddin

20. Standardizing professionalism and showmanship: the performance of motion picture projectionists during the early sync-sound era
Steve Wurtzler

21. States of emergency
Patricia R. Zimmermann

Index

2001, Routledge, hbk

2001, Routledge, pbk

Cinema Studies:

Film Studies:

Kael, Pauline. 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Film Writings 1965-1967', published in 1987 in Great Britain by Marion Boyars Publishers, in hardback with dustjacket, 404pp, ISBN 0714506583. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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About this book: The legend "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" on an Italian film poster struck Pauline Kael as the definition of the basic appeal of films. In this collection of reviews (1965-7) and essays, Kael , America's most celebrated film critic gives us what amounts to an informal history of cinema. Her reviews (of some 300 filems) are as cogent, entertaining and informative as we have come to expect. As well as these, there are essays on westerns, big Hollywood films, camp films and spoofs, art films, fad films, films for children and films on television. There are thoughtful analyses of the careers of Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, and Stanley Kramer and a fascinating day-by-day account of how Mary McCarthy's novel 'The Group' was turned into a film

Contents:
1. TRENDS
The Creative Business
A Sense of Disproportion: The Sand Pebbles, Grand Prix, Funeral in Berlin; The Quiller Memorandum
Movie Brutalists
So Off-Beat We Lose The Beat: Georgy Girl, Morgan!; The Red Desert
Spoofing: Cat Ballou
Tourist in the City of Youth: Blow-Up
Saddle Sore: El Dorado; The War Wagon; The Way West; Bonnie and Clyde

2. THE MAKING OF THE GROUP

3. REVIEWS 1965 - 1967:
Night Games
The Comedy of Depravity: Accident
The Shameless Old Lady
Band of Outsiders
It's a Great Technique, but What Can You Do with It?: The Kanck and Help!
The Moment of Truth
Madame X
Before the Revolution
A Man and a Woman
Masculine Feminine
Epics: The Bible, Hawaii, Dr. Zhivago
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Shaggy-Man Story: Boudu Saved from Drowning
The New Anne Bancroft, Already Boxed In: Seven Women and The Slender Thread
The Living Library: Fahrenheit 451
Southwestern: The Chase
A Man for All Seasons
Fantastic Voyage
Darling
Zorba the Greek and The Pawnbroker
The Glamour of Failure: La Guerre est finie
10:30 P.M. Summer
Ulysses
Persona
Laurence Olivier as Othello
The Sound of...The Sound of Music and The Singing Nun
Movies for Young Children: Born Free and Around the World Under the Sea

IV. CAREERS
Marlon Brando: An American Hero
Orson Welles: There Ain't No Way Falstaff
The Intentions of Stanley Kramer: Ship of Fools

V. THE MOVIE PAST
Movies on Television
Notes on 280 Movies: From Adam's Rib to Zazie
Index



20th Century Movie Reviews
Eisenstein, Sergei. 'Nonindifferent Nature: Film and The Structure of Things', published in 1987 in the United States by Cambridge University Press in hardback, 428pp, ISBN 0521324157. Condition: Very good with very good dustjacket. Price: £125.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • Nonindifferent Nature [top]
    Written by Sergei Eisenstein; Translated by Herbert Marshall
    First published in 1987 in the United States by Cambridge University Press in hardback with dustjacket, 428pp, ISBN 0521324157

About this book: Sergei Eisenstein - director of Battleship Potemkin, October (Ten Days That Shook The World), Alexander Nevsky, and Ivan the Terrible - is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of film. A brilliant intellectual, devoted to the study and practice of the cinema, he formulated a theory of montage that continues to have a strong influence on theories of film communication. Nonindifferent Nature represents the most advanced stage of Eisenstein's thinking on the structure of film.

Never before available in its entirety in English, this engaging but difficult work calls for a complete revision of our understanding of the film-maker. Herbert Marshall's translation reveals dramatically the "second" Eisenstein, after his shift from a Pavlovian to an organic viewpoint. Heretofore known almost exclusively for his writings during the earlier constructivist period, Eisenstein can now be seen for the first time in relation to traditions other than the militant constructivism of his youth. This volume is representative of the filmmaker's most pressing artistic concerns during the very active and energetic final decade of his life.

Herbert Marshall's translation conveys the spontaneity and passion of this late uncompleted work, providing rare insight into the mind of this director. The illustrations include many of Eisenstein's own sketches and diagrams. A foreword by Herbert Eagle helps general readers by placing the work in the context of Eisenstein's career and thought. Nonindifferent Nature will become known as Eisenstein's most important work on the philosophical and aesthetic basis of cinematography.

Contents:
Introduction by Herbert Eagle
Acknowledgements
Notes on the translation

Poor Salieri (instead of a dedication)
1. On the Structure of Things
Organic Unity and Pathos

2. Pathos
The milk separator and the Holy Grail
Twenty-two supporting columns
The lion in old age
[El Greco]
Piranesi or the flux of form
[Examples of Ecstasy]
The Gothic
Superconcreteness
On the question of suprahistory
The Kangaroo

3. Once again on the structure of things

4. Nonindifferent nature
The music of landscape and the fate of montage counterpoint at a new stage
Epilogue
Postscript
Notes; Index

 

Russian Cinema

Gledhill, Christine (Editor). 'Stardom: Industry of Desire' published in 1991 by Routledge, paperback, 340pp, ISBN 0415052181. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this book on Amazon
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About the Book:
What makes a star? Why do we have stars? Do we want or need them?

Newspapers, magazines, gossip columns, TV chat shows, record sleeves-all display a variety of film star images. In the past stars have been studied as cogs in a mass entertainment industry selling desires and ideologies. But since the 1970s, new approaches have reopened debate, as film and cultural studies try to account for the active role of the star in producing meanings, pleasures, and identites for a diversity of audiences. Stardom brings together for the first time some of the major writing of the last decade which seeks to understand the phemomenon of stars and stardom. Gathered under four headings - The System, Stars and Society, Performers and Signs, Desire and Politics - these essays represent a range of approaches drawn from film history, sociolgy, textual analysis, audience research, psychoanalysis, and cultural politics. They raise important issues about the politics of representation and the cultural limitations and possibilities of stars

Contents:
Part 1: The System
1. Seeing Stars by Janet Staiger
2. The emergence of the star system in America by Richard deCordova
3. The Carole Lombard in Macy's window by Charles Eckert
4. The building of popular images: Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe by Thomas Harris
5. Fatal Beauties: Black Women in Hollywood by Karen Alexander

Part 2: Stars and society
6. Charisma by Richard Dyer
7. Shirley Temple and the house of Rockefeller by Charles Eckert
8. 'Puffed Sleeves before tea-time': Joan Crawford, Adrian and women audiences by Charlotte Cornelia Herzog and Jane Marie Gaines

9. The Return of Jimmy Stewart: The Publicity Photograph as text by Charles Wolfe
10. Three Indian film stars by Behroze Gandhy and Rosie Thomas
11. A Star is Born and the construction of authenticity by Richard Dyer
12. Feminine fascinations: Forms of identification in star-audience relations by Jackie Stacey

Part 3: Performers and Signs
13. Articulating stardom by Barry King
14. Screen acting and the commutation test by John O. Thompson
15. Stars and genre by Andrew Britton
16. Signs of melodrama by Christine Gledhill

Part 4: Desire, meaning and politics
17. In defence of violence by Michel Mourlet
18. The Politics of 'Jane Fonda'
19. The glut of the personality by David Lusted
20. Pleasure, ambivalence, identification: Valentino and female spectatorship by Miriam Hansen
21. A queer feeling when I look at you: Hollywood stars and lesbian spectatorship in the 1930s by Andrea Weiss
22. Monster metaphors-Notes on Michael Jackson's Thriller by Kobena Mercer

Select bibliography; Index

1991, Routledge, hbk

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