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Cinema - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Titles in the call number range PN 1993 - PN 1999 (Cinema) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 90 days.


  • Continuous performance : the story of A.J. Balaban / as told to his wife, Carrie Balaban
    PN 1998 A3B3.3 1942

  • Undead ends : stories of apocalypse / S. Trimble
    PN 1995.9 A64T77 2019

  • Lewis Milestone : life and films / Harlow Robinson
    PN 1998.3 M5547R63 2019eb

    This comprehensive biography is the first to present Lewis Milestone's remarkable life -- a classic rags-to-riches American narrative -- in full and explores his many acclaimed films from the silent to the sound era. Creator of All Quiet on the Western Front , Of Mice and Men , the original Ocean's Eleven and Mutiny on the Bounty , Lewis Milestone (1895-1980) was one of the most significant, prolific, and influential directors of our time. A serious artist who believed in film's power not only to entertain, but also to convey messages of social importance, Milestone was known as a man of principle in an industry not always known for an abundance of virtue.

    Born in Ukraine, Milestone came to America as a tough, resourceful Russian-speaking teenager and learned about film by editing footage from the front as a member of the Signal Corps of the US Army during World War I. During the course of his film career, which spanned more than 40 years, Milestone developed intense personal and professional relationships with such major Hollywood figures as Howard Hughes, Kirk Douglas, Marlene Dietrich, and Marlon Brando. Addressed are Milestone's successes -- he garnered 28 Academy Award nominations -- as well as his challenges. Using newly available archival material, this work also examines Milestone's experience during the Hollywood Blacklist period, when he was one of the first prominent Hollywood figures to fall under suspicion for his alleged Communist sympathies.


  • Lucrecia Martel / Gerd Gemünden
    PN 1998.3 M36855G46 2019

  • A uniquely American epic : intimacy and action, tenderness and violence in Sam Peckinpah's The wild bunch / edited by Michael Bliss
    PN 1997 W536133U55 2019

    One of the most innovative films ever made, Sam Peckinpah's motion picture The Wild Bunch was released in 1969. From the outset, the film was considered controversial because of its powerful, graphic, and direct depiction of violence, but it was also praised for its lush photography, intricate camera work, and cutting-edge editing. Peckinpah's tale of an ill-fated, aging outlaw gang bound by a code of honor is often regarded as one of the most complex and impactful Westerns in American cinematic history. The issues dealt with in this groundbreaking film -- violence, morality, friendship, and the legacy of American ambition and compromise -- are just as relevant today as when the film first opened.

    To acknowledge the significance of The Wild Bunch , this collection brings together some of the leading Peckinpah scholars and critics to examine what many consider to be the director's greatest work. The book's nine essays cover an array of topics. Explored are the function of violence in the film and how its depiction is radically different from what is seen in other movies, the background of the film's production, the European response to the film's view of human nature, and the strong sense of the Texas/Mexico milieu surrounding the film's action.


  • Scenarios III : Stroszek : Nosferatu, phantom of the night : Where the green ants dream : Cobra verde / Werner Herzog ; translated by Krishna Winston
    PN 1998.3 H477A25 2019

    For the first time in English, and in his signature prose poetry, the film scripts of four of Werner Herzog's early works


    "Herzog doesn't write traditional scripts," Film International remarked of the master filmmaker's Scenarios I and II . "Instead, he writes scenarios which are like a hybrid of film, fiction, and prose poetry."

    Continuing a series that Publishers Weekly pronounced "compulsively readable . . . equal parts challenging and satisfying, infuriating and enlightening," Scenarios III presents, for the first time in English, the shape-shifting scripts for four of Werner Herzog's early films: Stroszek ; Nosferatu, Phantom of the Night ; Where the Green Ants Dream ; and Cobra Verde . We can observe Herzog's working vision as each of these scenarios unfolds in a form often dramatically different from the film's final version--as, in his own words, Herzog works himself up into "this kind of frenzy of high-caliber language and concepts and beauty."

    With Scenarios I and II , this volume completes the picture of Herzog's earliest work, affording a view of the filmmaker mastering his craft, well on his way to becoming one of the most original, and most celebrated, artists in his field.


  • Queerbaiting and fandom : teasing fans through homoerotic possibilities / edited by Joseph Brennan
    PN 1995.9 A8Q84 2019

  • Criminalization/assimilation : Chinese/Americans and Chinatowns in classical Hollywood film / Philippa Gates
    PN 1995.9 C475G38 2019

  • Exploring science through science fiction / Barry B. Luokkala
    PN1995.9.S265

  • Hong Kong dark cinema Film noir, re-conceptions, and reflexivity / by Kim-Mui E. Elaine Chan
    PN1995.9.F54

  • The making of... adaptation and the cultural imaginary Jan Cronin
    PN1997.85

  • Nollywood in Glocal Perspective Bala A. Musa, editor
    PN1993.5.N6

  • The Palgrave handbook of screen production / Craig Batty, Marsha Berry, Kath Dooley, Bettina Frankham, Susan Kerrigan, editors
    PN 1995.9 P7P35 2019eb

  • Balzac reframed : the classical and modern faces of Éric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette / Zahra Tavassoli Zea
    PN 1995.3 T38 2019eb

  • ReFocus : the films of Xavier Dolan / edited by Andreé Lafontaine
    PN 1998.3 D64R44 2019
    Ever since his first feature film I Killed My Mother premiered at Cannes, every film from the 29-year-old director Xavier Dolan has generated significant critical interest. A recipient of numerous awards, Dolan has recently taken his career to an international level with The Death and Life ofJohn F. Donovan. As the first book-length study about Dolan, with case studies of key films like Mommy (2014), Tom at the Farm (2013) and It's Only the End of the World (2016), this volume explores the global reach of small national and subnational cinemas. In particular, it uses Dolan's cinema as adeparture point to reconsider the position of Quebec film and cultural imaginary within a global cinematic culture, as well as the intersections between national, millennial and queer filmmaking.

  • Expanding the Black Film Canon : Race and Gender across Six Decades / Lisa Doris Alexander
    PN 1995.9 N4A44 2019
    If the sheer diversity of recent hits from Twelve Years a Slave and Moonlight to Get Out , Black Panther , and BlackkKlansman tells us anything, it might be that there's no such thing as "black film" per se. This book is especially timely, then, in expanding our idea of what black films are and, going back to the 1960s, showing us new and interesting ways to understand them.

    When critics and scholars write about films from the Blaxploitation movement--such as Cotton Comes to Harlem , Shaft , Superfly , and Cleopatra Jones --they emphasize their importance as films made for black audiences. Consequently, Lisa Doris Alexander points out, a film like the highly popular, Oscar-nominated Blazing Saddles --costarring and co-written by Richard Pryor--is generally left out of the discussion because it doesn't fit the profile of what a black film of the period should be. This is the kind of categorical thinking that Alexander seeks to broaden, looking at films from the 60s to the present day in the context of their time. Applying insights from black feminist thought and critical race theory to one film per decade, she analyzes what each can tell us about the status of black people and race relations in the United States at the time of its release.

    By teasing out the importance of certain films excluded from the black film canon, Alexander hopes to expand that canon to include films typically relegated to the category of popular entertainment--and to show how these offer more nuanced representations of black characters even as they confront, negate, or parody the controlling images that have defined black filmic characters for decades.

  • Cinemagritte : René Magritte within the frame of film history, theory, and practice / Lucy Fischer
    PN 1995.9 A76F57 2019

  • Heroes of the borderlands : the Western in Mexican film, comics, and music / Christopher Conway
    PN 1993.5 M4C585 2019

  • The Palgrave handbook of the philosophy of film and motion pictures / Noël Carroll, Laura T. Di Summa, Shawn Loht, editors
    PN 1995 P35 2019

  • The films of Arturo Ripstein : the sinister gaze of the world / Manuel Gutiérrez Silva, Luis Duno Gottberg, editors
    PN1993.5.M4

  • War representation in British cinema and television : From Suez to Thatcher, and beyond / Kevin M. Flanagan
    PN1995.9.W3

  • Filmmaking as research : Screening memories / Diane Charleson
    PN1995.9.P7

  • Biography and history in film Thomas S. Freeman, David L. Smith, editors
    PN1995.9.B55

  • Moving people, moving images : cinema and trafficking in the new Europe / William Brown, Dina Iordanova, Leshu Torchin
    PN 1995.9 H83B86 2010
    Human trafficking has always been a popular topic in cinema, with the film The Silent Traffic in Soulspromoting reform as early as 1913. Since then the idea of human trafficking has been revised at various times and within various contexts, as in the past decade, where the rise in migration and the demise of national borders have turned human traffic into one of the dominant narratives of contemporary cinema. This study focuses on the current cycle of films that play upon trafficking anxieties. Like their subject, these essays are transnational in nature, reflecting on films that depict white slavery, drug trafficking, and undocumented labor. The volume considers films by such internationally renowned directors as Amos Gitaï ( Promised Land, 2004), the Dardenne Brothers ( Lorna's Silence, 2008), Nick Broomfield ( Ghosts, 2006), Michael Winterbottom ( In This World, 2002), and Ulrich Seidl ( Import/Export, 2002). A range of documentary and activist films are also examined, as well as examples from popular genres, such as Pierre Morel's Taken(2008) and Brad Anderson's Transsiberian(2008).

  • Antonioni [by] Ian Cameron & Robin Wood
    PN 1998 A3 A64 1971

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder : identité allemande et crise du sujet / Claire Kaiser
    PN 1998 A3K35 2015

  • Global art cinema : new theories and histories / edited by Rosalind Galt, Karl Schoonover
    PN 1995 G543 2010
    "Art cinema" has for over fifty years defined how audiences and critics imagine film outside Hollywood, but surprisingly little scholarly attention has been paid to the concept since the 1970s. And yet in the last thirty years art cinema has flourished worldwide. The emergence of East Asianand Latin American new waves, the reinvigoration of European film, the success of Iranian directors, and the rise of the film festival have transformed the landscape of world cinema. This book brings into focus art cinema's core internationalism, demonstrating its centrality to understanding film asa global phenomenon.The book reassesses the field of art cinema in light of recent scholarship on world film cultures. In addition to analysis of key regions and films, the essays cover topics including theories of the film image; industrial, aesthetic, and political histories; and art film's intersections with debateson genre, sexuality, new media forms, and postcolonial cultures. Global Art Cinema brings together a diverse group of scholars in a timely conversation that reaffirms the category of art cinema as relevant, provocative, and, in fact, fundamental to contemporary film studies.

  • Video structure meaning / Brian C. O'Connor and Richard L. Anderson
    PN 1995 O368 2019eb

    For over a century, motion pictures have entertained us, occasionally educated us, and even served a few specialized fields of study.

    Now, however, with the precipitous drop in prices and increase in image quality, motion pictures are as widespread as paperback books and postcards once were. Yet, theories and practices of analysis for particular genres and analytical stances, definitions, concepts, and tools that span platforms have been wanting. Therefore, we developed a suite of tools to enable close structural analysis of the time-varying signal set of a movie. We take an information-theoretic approach (message is a signal set) generated (coded) under various antecedents (sent over some channel) decoded under some other set of antecedents. Cultural, technical, and personal antecedents might favor certain message-making systems over others. The same holds true at the recipient end--yet, the signal set remains the signal set.

    In order to discover how movies work--their structure and meaning--we honed ways to provide pixel level analysis, forms of clustering, and precise descriptions of what parts of a signal influence viewer behavior. We assert that analysis of the signal set across the evolution of film--from Edison to Hollywood to Brakhage to cats on social media--yields a common ontology with instantiations (responses to changes in coding and decoding antecedents).


  • Metropolis / Thomas Elsaesser
    PN 1997 M436E45 2012
    Metropolis is a monumental work. On its release in 1925, after sixteen months' filming, it was Germany's most expensive feature film, a canvas for director Fritz Lang's increasingly extravagant ambitions. Lang, inspired by the skyline of New York, created a whole new vision of cities. One of the greatest works of science fiction, the film also tells human stories about love and family. Thomas Elsaesser explores the cultural phenomenon of Metropolis: its different versions (there is no definitive one), its changing meanings, and its role as a database of twentieth-century imagery and ideologies. In his foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, Elsaesser discusses the impact of the 27 minutes of 'lost' footage discovered in Buenos Aires in 2008, and incorporated in a restored edition, which premiered in 2010.

  • The eloquent screen a rhetoric of film / Gilberto Perez ; foreword by James Harvey
    PN 1995 P3965 2019eb

    A lifetime of cinematic writing culminates in this breathtaking statement on film's unique ability to move us

    Cinema is commonly hailed as "the universal language," but how does it communicate so effortlessly across cultural and linguistic borders? In The Eloquent Screen , influential film critic Gilberto Perez makes a capstone statement on the powerful ways in which film acts on our minds and senses.

    Drawing on a lifetime's worth of viewing and re-viewing, Perez invokes a dizzying array of masters past and present--including Chaplin, Ford, Kiarostami, Eisenstein, Malick, Mizoguchi, Haneke, Hitchcock, and Godard--to explore the transaction between filmmaker and audience. He begins by explaining how film fits into the rhetorical tradition of persuasion and argumentation. Next, Perez explores how film embodies the central tropes of rhetoric--metaphor, metonymy, allegory, and synecdoche--and concludes with a thrilling account of cinema's spectacular capacity to create relationships of identification with its audiences.

    Although there have been several attempts to develop a poetics of film, there has been no sustained attempt to set forth a rhetoric of film--one that bridges aesthetics and audience. Grasping that challenge, The Eloquent Screen shows how cinema, as the consummate contemporary art form, establishes a thoroughly modern rhetoric in which different points of view are brought into clear focus.


  • Nonfiction sound and story for film and video : a practical guide for filmmakers and digital content creators / Amy DeLouise & Cheryl Ottenritter
    PN 1995.9 D6D45 2020eb

    This book guides nonfiction storytellers in the art of creatively and strategically using sound to engage their audience and bring stories to life.

    Sound is half of film and video storytelling, and yet its importance is often overlooked until a post-production emergency arises. Written by two experienced creators--one a seasoned nonfiction producer/director with a background in music, and one a sound designer who owns a well-regarded mix studio--this book teaches nonfiction producers, filmmakers, and branded content creators how to reimagine their storytelling by improving sound workflow from field to post. In addition to real-world examples from the authors' own experiences, interviews with and examples from industry professionals across many genres of nonfiction production are included throughout.

    Written in a conversational style, the book pinpoints practical topics and considerations like 360 video and viewer accessibility. As such, it is a vital point of reference for all nonfiction filmmakers, directors, and producers, or anyone wanting to learn how to improve their storytelling.

    An accompanying Companion Website offers listening exercises, production sound layout diagrams, templates, and other resources.


  • Seeing politics : film, visual method, and international relations / Sophie Harman
    PN 1995.9 P6H37 2019

  • The myth of colorblindness race and ethnicity in American cinema / Sarah E. Turner, Sarah Nilsen, editors
    PN1995.9.M56

  • New perspectives on the war film / Clémentine Tholas, Janis L. Goldie, Karen A. Ritzenhoff, editors
    PN 1995.9 W3N49 2019

  • Darkness calls : a critical investigation of neo-noir / Sue Short
    PN1995.9.F54

  • Films for the colonies : cinema and the preservation of the British Empire / Tom Rice
    PN 1993.5 G7R45 2019
    Films for the Colonies examines the British Government's use of film across its vast Empire from the 1920s until widespread independence in the 1960s. Central to this work was the Colonial Film Unit, which produced, distributed, and, through its network of mobile cinemas, exhibited instructional and educational films throughout the British colonies. Using extensive archival research and rarely seen films, Films for the Colonies provides a new historical perspective on the last decades of the British Empire. It also offers a fresh exploration of British and global cinema, charting the emergence and endurance of new forms of cinema culture from Ghana to Jamaica, Malta to Malaysia. In highlighting the integral role of film in managing and maintaining a rapidly changing Empire, Tom Rice offers a compelling and far-reaching account of the media, propaganda, and the legacies of colonialism.

  • Film history : an introduction / Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell
    PN 1993.5 A1T45 2010
    Written by two of the leading scholars in film studies, Film History: An Introduction is a comprehensive, global survey of the medium that covers the development of every genre in film, from drama and comedy to documentary and experimental. As with the authors' bestselling Film Art: An Introduction (now in its eighth edition), concepts and events are illustrated with frame enlargements taken from the original sources, giving students more realistic points of reference than competing books that rely on publicity stills.

    The third edition of Film History is thoroughly updated and includes the first comprehensive overviews of the impact of globalization and digital technology on the cinema. Any serious film scholar--professor, undergraduate, or graduate student--will want to read and keep Film History.

    Visit the author's blog at http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/



  • The science of screenwriting : the neuroscience behind storytelling strategies / Paul Joseph Gulino and Connie Shears
    PN 1996 G857 2018
    In a world awash in screenwriting books, The Science of Screenwriting provides an alternative approach that will help the aspiring screenwriter navigate this mass of often contradictory advice- exploring the science behind storytelling strategies. Paul Gulino, author of the best-selling Screenwriting- The Sequence Approach , and Connie Shears, a noted cognitive psychologist, build, chapter-by-chapter, an understanding of the human perceptual/cognitive processes, from the functions of our eyes and ears bringing real world information into our brains, to the intricate networks within our brains connecting our decisions and emotions. They draw on a variety of examples from film and television -- The Social Network, Silver Linings Playbook and Breaking Bad -- to show how the human perceptual process is reflected in the storytelling strategies of these filmmakers. They conclude with a detailed analysis of one of the most successful and influential films of all time, Star Wars , to discover just how it had the effect that it had.

  • Documenting Syria : film-making, video activism and revolution / Joshka Wessels
    PN 1995.9 D6W427 2019
    Syria is now one of the most important countries in the world for the documentary film industry. Since the 1970s, Syrian cinema masters played a defining role in avant-garde filmmaking and political dissent against authoritarianism. After the outbreak of violence in 2011, an estimated 500,000 video clips were uploaded making it one of the first YouTubed revolutions in history.

    This book is the first history of documentary filmmaking in Syria. Based on extensive media ethnography and in-depth interviews with Syrian filmmakers in exile, the book offers an archival analysis of the documentary work by masters of Syrian cinema, such as Nabil Maleh, Ossama Mohammed, Mohammed Malas, Hala Al Abdallah, Hanna Ward, Ali Atassi and Omar Amiralay. Joshka Wessels traces how the works of these filmmakers became iconic for a new generation of filmmakers at the beginning of the 21st century and maps the radical change in the documentary landscape after the revolution of 2011.
    Special attention is paid to the late Syrian filmmaker and pro-democracy activist, Bassel Shehadeh, and the video-resistance from Aleppo and Raqqa against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State. An essential resource for scholars of Syrian Studies, this book will also be highly relevant to the fields of media & conflict research, anthropology and political science.

  • Des sons dans l'espace : à l'écoute du space opera / par Michel Chion
    PN 1995.7 C4718 2019

  • Czech cinema revisited : politics, aesthetics, genres and techniques / Lucie Cesalkova´ (ed.)
    PN 1993.5 C94C944 2017

  • Italy's other women : gender and prostitution in Italian cinema, 1940-1965 / Danielle Hipkins
    PN 1995.9 P76H56 2016

    In the period 1940 to 1965 the female prostitute featured in at least ten per cent of all Italian-made films, but she cast her shadow over many more. With reference to the changing social and film industrial context, this book explains why the figure of the female prostitute was so prevalent in Italian cinema of this period and offers a new account of her on-screen presence. It shows that the prostitutes that populate Italian cinema are much more than simply 'tarts with hearts' or martyr figures. Via the constant reworking of the prostitute trope across genres, the figure takes us to the heart of many ideological contradictions in postwar Italian cinema and society: these include the entanglement of rhetoric about political truth with the suppression of postwar guilt and shame, fears about racial contamination, and a preoccupation with non-normative forms of masculine behaviour and desire. The book also shows how the female prostitute is important to Italian national cinema as a 'borderline identity', used to establish, but also destabilize, the hegemony of respectable femininities. It is precisely through her borderline condition, this book argues, that the prostitute 'haunts' gender, sometimes policing it, but more often than not problematizing its very construction.

Updated: Thursday 23 January 2020
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