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Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Paul Willemen
Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema

The largest film industy in the world after Hollywood is celebrated in this expanded and updated edition of the reference text. Covering the full range of Indian cinema, from Hindi musicals to the impressive diversity of regional Indian Art Cinemas, this edition includes expanded coverage of mainstream productions from the 1970s to the 1990s. There is also additional material on the stars that have made their mark in the 1990s, and a comprehensive index of names.

Chuck Berg, Thomas L. Erskine
Encyclopedia of Orson Welles

“Citizen Kane” is often considered the greatest masterpiece of the cinema, hailed for its story, dramatic technique, and filmmaking innovations. The film should have launched its director, Orson Welles, to superstar heights, instead, this singular filmmaker spent his career facing constant financial and organizational struggles. Yet despite these obstacles, Welles managed to produce two other successful films – “The Magnificent Ambersons” and “Touch of Evil”. This encyclopaedia follows Welles’ career from his early days as a radio performer with “Mercury Theater on the Air” to his rise and prolonged decline in Hollywood. More than 300 entries cover all aspects of Welles’ life and career, including all of his film projects – even those never realized – major performers in his films; key crew members; sources of inspiration; music and composers; and television, stage, and radio appearances.

Thomas W Benson and Brian J Snee
Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary

Not afraid to tackle provocative topics in American culture, from gun violence and labor policies to terrorism and health care, Michael Moore has earned both applause and invective in his career as a documentarian. In such polarizing films as Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko, Moore has established a unique voice of radical nostalgia for progressivism, and in doing so has become one of the most recognized documentary filmmakers of all time.

In the first in-depth study of Moore’s feature-length documentary films, editors Thomas W. Benson and Brian J. Snee have gathered leading rhetoric scholars to examine the production, rhetorical appeals, and audience reception of these films. Contributors critique the films primarily as modes of public argument and political art. Each essay is devoted to one of Moore’s films and traces in detail how each film invites specific audience responses.

Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary reveals not only the art, the argument, and the emotional appeals of Moore’s documentaries but also how these films have revolutionized the genre of documentary filmmaking.

David Laderman
Driving Visions: Exploring the Road Movie

From the visionary rebellion of Easy Rider to the reinvention of home in The Straight Story, the road movie has emerged as a significant film genre since the late 1960s, able to cut across a wide variety of film styles and contexts. Yet, within the variety, a certain generic core remains constant: the journey as cultural critique, as exploration beyond society and within oneself.

This book traces the generic evolution of the road movie with respect to its diverse presentations, emphasizing it as an “independent genre” that attempts to incorporate marginality and subversion on many levels. David Laderman begins by identifying the road movie’s defining features and by establishing the literary, classical Hollywood, and 1950s highway culture antecedents that formatively influenced it. He then traces the historical and aesthetic evolution of the road movie decade by decade through detailed and lively discussions of key films. Laderman concludes with a look at the European road movie, from the late 1950s auteurs through Godard and Wenders, and at compelling feminist road movies of the 1980s and 1990s.

Gene Adair
Alfred Hitchcock: Filming Our Fears

Alfred Hitchcock is a fascinating look at the life of one of the most influential filmmakers in the world – a man known for his portly profile and distinct, leery voice almost as much as for his groundbreaking movies. From Hitchcock’s first film, Blackmail – the first British movie with sound – to his blockbuster Hollywood successes, Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, and Vertigo. Alfred Hitchcock chronicles the Master of Suspense’s close working relationship with his wife, Alma, who was an integral part of his filmmaking process, and the struggle to gain full artistic control over his work. With illustrations throughout and sidebars showcasing Hitchcocks techniques and directing style, Alfred Hitchcock reveals how some of the greatest films ever created came to be through the life and work of one of the most admired filmmakers ever.

Oxford Portraits are informative and insightful biographies of people whose lives shaped their times and continue to influence ours. Based on the most recent scholarship, they draw heavily on primary sources, including writings by and about their subjects. Each book is illustrated with a wealth of photographs, documents, memorabilia, framing the personality and achievements of its subject against the backdrop of history.

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  1. Sergio Kulikovsky
    Sergio Kulikovsky

    That’s a fantastic list, thank you for your hard work! 👏

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