Philip Powrie & Keith Reader – French Cinema: A Student’s Guide (2003)

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The study of French cinema has expanded dramatically in recent years, as it is increasingly taught alongside literature in modern language departments. Many entrants to courses have no previous experience of film study. This book, written by two leading scholars of French film, offers students an introduction to the history and theory of French cinema, while giving them an understanding of the concepts and techniques involved in the study of film. It also contains a model essay, sample film analyses, and an appendix of statistics, filmography, bibliography and glossary, making this book an indispensable and comprehensive resource. Continue reading Philip Powrie & Keith Reader – French Cinema: A Student’s Guide (2003)

Gönül Dönmez-Colin – Women, Islam and Cinema (2004)

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‘A vivid series of insights into the little-known world of Muslim Asian cinemas, where issues of gender and religion come harshly together, where women’s lives and sufferings are a constant focus for male directors, but where – outside Iran – there is next to no scope for women directors to express their views. This excellent book – lucidly written, and based on close firsthand experience – is highly recommended to all who want to understand the realities of world cinema.’ Roy Armes, Emeritus Professor of Film, Middlesex University, London Continue reading Gönül Dönmez-Colin – Women, Islam and Cinema (2004)

Jonathan Kahana – The Documentary Film Reader: History, Theory, Criticism (2016)

History, Theory, Criticism
Edited by Jonathan Kahana and Foreword by Charles Musser

Provides the most comprehensive overview of documentary film assembled to date, with over 100 articles on myriad topics
Features a substantial main introduction and section introductions throughout to establish key contexts and important critical issues
Ranges widely across continents, filmmakers, and subgenres, addressing early documentary, avant-garde, propaganda, the essay film, and more
Proposes a fresh canon of films and texts as a starting point for further exploration into the world of nonfiction cinema
Includes foreword from the renowned film historian and filmmaker Charles Musser Continue reading Jonathan Kahana – The Documentary Film Reader: History, Theory, Criticism (2016)

Joseph-Marie Lo Duca & Kenneth Anger – A History of Eroticism (1966)

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Joseph-Marie Lo Duca was an Italian-born journalist, novelist, art critic, and film historian best known as the co-founder in 1951 of the influential French magazine Cahiers du Cinéma with André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Léonide Keigel. Lo Duca was born in Milan, Italy to a family of Sicilian origin. Fascinated from an early age with reading and writing, he published his first novel, La sfera di platino (“The Sphere of Platinum”) in 1927. In 1942, having assembled a wealth of rare documents and objects related to cinema, Lo Duca established the Musée Canudo at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris with the goal of founding the International Museum of Cinema in Rome. The project for the Rome museum, however, did not survive the war. In 1948, he published Le dessin animé (“The Animated Cartoon”) with a preface by Walt Disney. His Histoire du cinéma (1942) was translated into twelve languages while Technique du cinéma (1948) became a noted reference work. Continue reading Joseph-Marie Lo Duca & Kenneth Anger – A History of Eroticism (1966)