Book Reviews

Film & History strives to publish timely, insightful reviews of scholarly books on film and history, broadly conceived. If a book on the list below catches your scholarly interest, please consider reviewing it for us.

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Books Available for Review in Film & History (April 10, 2019)


Title Author Publisher Copyright
100 Essential Indian Films Rohit K. Dasgupta and Sangeeta Datta Rowman & Littlefield 2019
1968 and Global Cinema Christina Gerhardt and Sara Saljoughi Wayne State University Press 2018
Acting for the Silent Screen Chris O'Rourke I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
African American Cinema Through Black Lives Consciousness Mark A. Reid Wayne State University Press 2019
All-American TV Crime Drama Sujata Moorti and Lisa Cuklanz I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
American Obscurantism Peter Lurie Oxford University Press 2018
Animation Scott Curtis Rutgers University Press 2019
Anne Bancroft Douglas K. Daniel University Press of Kentucky 2017
Argentine Cinema and National Identity 1966-1976 Carolina Rocha Liverpool University Press 2017
Bad Film Histories: Ethnography and the Early Archive Katherine Groo University of Minnesota Press 2019
Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film Roy M. Anker Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 2017
Becoming AFI Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman Santa Monica Press 2017
Beyond Method Scott Balcerzak Wayne State University Press 2018
Big Deal Kevin Winkler Oxford University Press 2018
Birth of the Binge Dennis Broe Wayne State University Press 2019
Blood In The Streets Austin Fisher Edinburgh University Press 2019
Bodies in Suspense Alanna Thain University of Minnesota Press 2017
Books to Film Barry Keith Grant Gale 2018
Brechtain Cinemas Nenad Jovanovic SUNY Press 2017
Bright Signals Susan Murray Duke University Press 2018
Cartoon Vision Dan Bashara University of California Press 2019
Celluloid Chains Rudyard J. Alcocer, Kristen Block and Dawn Duke The University of Tennessee Press 2018
Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days Fred Goodwins Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Cinema Against Doublethink David Martin-Jones Routledge 2019
Cinema's Military Industrial Complex Haidee Wasson and Lee Grieveson University of California Press 2018
Cinematic Cryptonymies Ofer Eliaz Wayne State University Press 2018
Cinematic/Politics/Philosophy Nico Baumbach Columbia University Press 2019
Clarence Brown: Hollywood's Forgotten Master Gwenda Young University Press of Kentucky 2018
Compact Cinematics Pepita Hesselberth and Maria Poulaki Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays & Manuscripts (Collected Works of James Agee) Charles Maland The University of Tennessee Press 2017
Concrete and Countryside Carmelo Esterrich University of Pittsburgh Press 2018
Conflicting Masculinities Katherine Byrne, James Leggott and Julie Anne Taddeo I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2018
Connecting The Wire: Race, Space, and Postindustrial Baltimore Stanley Corkin University of Texas Press 2017
Contemporary French Cinema Alan Singerman and Michèle Bissière Hackett Publishing Company 2018
Cormac McCarthy and Performance Stacey Peebles University of Texas Press 2017
Cosmopolitan Cinema Felicia Chan I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Cosmopolitan Film Cultures in Latin America 1896-1960 Rielle Navitski and Nicolas Poppe Indiana University Press 2017
Creating Interior Atmosphere Jean Whitehead Bloomsbury Publishing 2018
Creativity and Copyright John L. Geiger & Howard Suber University of California Press 2019
Criminalization/Assimilation Phillippa Gates Rutgers University Press 2019
Critical Mass Steven Ungar University of Minnesota Press 2018
Deep Red Alexia Kannas Wallflower Press 2017
Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern Robert Mills D.S. Brewer 2018
Digital Cinema Stephen Prince Rutgers University Press 2019
Double Visions, Double Fictions Baryon Tensor Posadas University of Minnesota Press 2018
Dying in Full Detail Jennifer Malkowski Duke University Press 2017
Early Cinema in Asia Nick Deocampo Indiana University Press 2017
Einstein On Paper Naum Kleiman Thames & Hudson 2017
Enduring Images Morgan Adamson University of Minnesota Press 2018
Ennio Morricone Alessandro De Rosa and Ennio Morricone Oxford University Press 2019
Everybody Sing! Esther M. Morgan-Ellis The University of Georgia Press 2018
Exception Taken Jonathan Buchsbaum Columbia University Press 2017
Existential Threats Lisa Vox University of Pennsylvania Press 2017
Fade In, Crossroads Robert Jackson Oxford University Press 2017
Film Bodies Katharina Lindner I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2018
Film Censorship Sheri Chinen Biesen Wallflower Press 2018
Film Is Like A Battleground Marsha Gordon Oxford University Press 2017
Film Museum Practice and Film Historiography Bregt Lameris Amsterdam University Press 2017
Film Noir Ian Brookes Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Film Noir Light and Shadow Alain Silver and James Ursini Applause Books 2017
Film, Fashion, and the 1960's Eugenia Paulicelli, Drake Stutesman and Louise Wallenberg Indiana University Press 2017
Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis van Gasteren Patricia Pisters Amsterdam University Press 2017
Filthy Material Chris Forster Oxford University Press 2019
Foucault At The Movies Michael Foucault, Patrice Maniglier, Dork Zabunyan Columbia University Press 2018
Free and Easy? A Defining History of the American Film Musical Genre Sean Griffin Wiley Blackwell 2018
Frenzy Ian Cooper Auteur Publishing 2018
Gender and Austerity in Popular Culture Helen Davies and Claire O'Callaghan I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Gender and Sexuality in East German Film Kyle Frackman and Faye Stewart Camden House 2018
Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens Stephen Pimpare Oxford University Press 2017
Going Viral Dahlia Schweitzer Rutgers University Press 2018
Grasping Shadows William Chapman Sharpe Oxford University Press 2017
Habsburg's Last War Hannes Leidinger University of New Orleans Press 2018
Hard-Boiled Hollywood Jon Lewis University of California Press 2017
He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson University Press of Kentucky 2017
History Comes Alive M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska University of North Carolina Press 2017
Hitchcock's Moral Gaze R. Barton Palmer, Homer Pettey, Steven M. Sanders SUNY Press 2017
Hitler and Film: The Fuhrer's Hidden Passion Bill Niven Yale University Press 2018
Hollywood Aesthetic Todd Berliner Oxford University Press 2017
Hollywood Enlists! Ralph Donald Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Hollywood Harmony Frank Lehman Oxford University Press 2018
Hollywood by Hollywood Steven Cohan Oxford University Press 2019
Hollywood in Havana Megan Feeney The University of Chicago Press 2019
Hollywood In San Francisco Joshua Gleich University of Texas Press 2018
Hollywood Math And Aftermath J.D. Connor Bloomsbury Publishing 2018
Hollywood Royalty: A Family In Films Pat Silver-Lasky BearManor Media 2017
Hollywood's Hawaii: Race, Nation, and War Delia Malia Caparoso Konzett Rutgers University Press 2017
Hollywood's Spies Laura B. Rosenzweig New York University Press 2017
Homo Cinematics Andreas Killen University of Pennsylvania Press 2017
Hooked on Hollywood Leonard Maltin GoodKnight Books 2018
How the Essay Film Thinks Laura Rascaroli Oxford University Press 2017
i-docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose Wallflower Press 2017
Images of Occupation in Dutch Film Wendy Burke Amsterdam University Press 2017
Imperial Affects Jonna Eagle Rutgers University Press 2017
Imperial Benevolence Scott Laderman and Tim Gruenewald University of California Press 2018
Information Fantasies: Precarious Mediation in Postsocialist China Xiao Liu University of Minnesota Press 2019
Ingmar Bergman's Face To Face Michael Tapper Wallflower Press 2017
Interpreting Anime Christopher Bolton University of Minnesota Press 2018
Ishiro Honda Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski Wesleyan University Press 2017
J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Duel For Media Master of the Universe Wendy Sterba Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Jack Lord Sylvia D. Lynch McFarland & Company, Inc. 2018
James Friedrich and Cathedral Films Kenneth Suit Lexington Books 2018
Jazz and Cocktails Jans B. Wager University of Texas Press 2017
Jolted Images Pavle Levi Amsterdam University Press 2017
Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies Flavia Laviosa  Intellect Ltd. 2018
L.A. Private Eyes Dahlia Schweitzer Rutgers University Press 2019
Lars Von Trier's Women Rex Butler and David Denny Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Late Westerns Lee Clark Mitchell University of Nebraska Press 2018
Latin American Women Filmmakers Deborah Martin and Deborah Shaw I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Lewd Looks Elena Gorfinkel University of Minnesota Press 2017
Liberating Hollywood Maya Montañez Smukler Rutgers University Press 2019
Live Cinema And Its Techniques Francis Ford Coppola Liveright Publishing Corp. 2017
Locating the Voice in Film Tom Whittaker and Sarah Wright Oxford University Press 2017
Los Angeles Documentary Joshua Glick University of California Press 2018
Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American Cinema Stephen Sharot Palgrave Macmillan 2017
Main Street Movies Martin L. Johnson Indiana University Press 2018
Making Believe Lisa Bode Rutgers University Press 2017
Making Sex Public Damon R. Young Duke University Press 2018
Media In Mind Daniel Reynolds Oxford University Press 2019
Media Theory in Japan Marc Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten Duke University Press 2017
Mel Brooks FAQ Dale Sherman Applause Books 2018
Melodrama Unbound Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams Columbia University Press 2018
Metalepsis in Animation Erwin Feyersinger Universitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg 2017
Mock Classicism Nilo Couret University of California Press 2018
Morta Las Vegas Nathaniel Lewis and Stephen Tatum University of Nebraska Press 2017
Movement Action Image Montage Luka Arsenjuk University of Minnesota Press 2018
Movement As Meaning In Experimental Cinema Daniel Barnett Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Movie Comics Blair Davis Rutgers University Press 2017
Moving Pictures, Still Lives James Tweedie Oxford University Press 2018
Mythopoetic Cinema Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli Columbia University Press 2017
Napoli/New York/Hollywood: Film Between Italy And The United States Giuliana Muscio Fordham University Press 2019
Native Apparitions Steve Pavlik, M. Elise Marubbio and Tom Holm The University of Arizona Press 2017
No End In Sight Anna Krakus University of Pittsburgh Press 2018
Nobody's Girl Friday J.E. Smyth Oxford University Press 2018
Not Your Average Zombie Chera Kee University of Texas Press 2017
Off The Page Daniel Bernardi and Julian Hoxter University of California Press 2017
On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder Ed Sikov University Press of Mississippi 2017
Palestinian Cinema In The Days Of Revolution Nadia Yaqub University of Texas Press 2018
Passionate Revolutions Talitha Espiritu Ohio University Press 2017
People Only Die Of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley Steve Haruch Vanderbilt University Press 2018
Perpetual Carnival Colin MacCabe Oxford University Press 2017
Please Everyone Jeffrey Knapp Oxford University Press 2017
Pola Negri: The Hollywood Years Tony Villecco CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2017
Politics, Hollywood Style John Heyrman Lexington Books 2018
Popular Tropes of Identity in Contemporary Russian Television and Film Irina Souch Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Posthumous Images Chad Elias Duke University Press 2018
Prison Movies Kevin Kehrwald Wallflower Press 2017
Producer of Controversy Jennifer Frost University Press of Kansas 2017
Promises of Citizenship Kathleen M. German University Press of Mississippi 2017
Public Spectacles of Violence Rielle Navitski Duke University Press 2017
Queer Mexico Paul Julian Smith Wayne State University Press 2017
Quick Takes: New African Cinema Valerie K. Orlando Rutgers University Press 2017
Race And The Revolutionary Impulse In The Spook Who Sat By The Door Michael T. Martin, David C. Wall and Marilyn Yaquinto Indiana University Press 2018
Real Deceptions Jennifer Friedlander Oxford University Press 2017
Real Sex Films John Tulloch and Belinda Middleweek Oxford University Press 2017
Realism in Greek Cinema Vrasidas Karalis I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2017
Rebel Video Heinz Nigg Scheidegger & Spiess 2017
Reconstructing Strangelove Mick Broderick Wallflower Press 2017
Red Hot Mama Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff University of Texas Press 2018
Refocus: The Films of Budd Boetticher Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Singer Edinburgh University Press 2017
Religion and Film S. Brent Plate Columbia University Press 2017
Reorienting Ozu Jinhee Choi Oxford University Press 2018
Repertory Movie Theaters of New York City Ben Davis McFarland & Company, Inc. 2017
Representing Ethnicity in Contemporary French Visual Culture Joseph McGonagle Manchester University Press 2017
Resistance, Heroism, Loss Thomas Cragin and Laura A. Salsini Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2018
Re-Viewing The Past Sean D. O'Reilly Bloomsbury Publishing 2018
Robin Wood On The Horror Film Barry Keith Grant Wayne State University Press 2018
Runaway Hollywood Daniel Steinhart University of California Press 2019
Scenarios Werner Herzog University of Minnesota Press 2017
Scenarios II Werner Herzog University of Minnesota Press 2018
Screen Stories Carl Plantinga Oxford University Press 2018
Screened Encounters Caroline Moine Berghahn Books 2018
Screening The Red Army Faction Christina Gerhardt Bloomsbury Publishing 2018
Seduced by Mrs. Robinson Beverly Gray Algonquin Books 2017
Sensuous Cinema Kaya Davies Hayon Bloomsbury Publishing 2018
Shakespearean Star Jennifer Barnes Cambridge University Press 2017
Shooting The Somme Bob Carruthers Pen and Sword 2018
Show Trial Thomas Doherty Columbia University Press 2018
Silent Films in St. Augustine Thomas Graham University Press of Florida 2017
Silver Screen Hasidic Jews Shaina Hammerman Indiana University Press 2018
Sofia Coppola Anna Backman Rogers Berghahn Books 2019
Some Kind of Mirror Amanda Konkle Rutgers University Press 2019
Southern History on Screen Bryan M. Jack University Press of Kentucky 2019
Spectacle of Property John David Rhodes University of Minnesota Press 2017
Specters of Slapstick & Silent Film Comediennes Maggie Hennefeld Columbia University Press 2018
Split Screen Nation Susan Courtney Oxford University Press 2017
Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980-1990 Jerry White Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2018
Stanley Kubrick Nathan Abrams Rutgers University Press 2018
Stories Make the World Stephen Most Berghahn Books 2017
Studying Ida Sheila Skaff Auteur Publishing 2018
Studying Waltz with Bashir Giulia Miller Auteur Publishing 2017
Sweet and Lowdown Lloyd Michales Wallflower Press 2017
T2 Trainspotting Irvine Welsh W.W. Norton & Company 2017
Technology and Film Scholarship Experience, Study, Theory Santiago Hidalgo Amsterdam University Press 2018
Telling Migrant Stories Esteban E. Loustaunau and Lauren E. Shaw University of Florida Press 2018
That Was Entertainment: The Golden Age of the MGM Musical Bernard F. Dick University Press of Mississippi 2018
The Act of Documenting Brian Winston, Gail Vanstone, Wang Chi Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter: First and Final Screenplays Jeffrey Couchman University of Tennessee Press 2017
The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan Ron Briley Rowman & Littlefield 2017
The Apartment Complex Pamela Robertson Wojcik Duke University Press 2018
The Art of Selling Movies John McElwee GoodKnight Books 2017
The Arts of Cinema Martin Seel Cornell University Press 2018
The Berlin School And Its Global Contexts Marco Abel and Jaimey Fisher Wayne State University Press 2018
The Best Laid Plans Jeannette Sloniowski and Jim Leach Wayne State University Press 2017
The Body and the Screen Kate Ince Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
The Cinema of Hal Hartley Steven Rybin Wallflower Press 2017
The Cinema of Louis Malle Philippe Met Wallflower Press 2018
The Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro Woojeong Joo Edinburgh University Press 2017
The Cinema of Tom DiCillo Wayne Byrne Wallflower Press 2017
The Dynamic Frame Patrick Keating Columbia University Press 2019
The End of Japanese Cinema Alexander Zahlten Duke University Press 2017
The Extraordinary Image Robert P. Kolker Rutgers University Press 2017
The Face On Film Noa Steimatsky Oxford University Press 2017
The Films of Bill Morrison Bernd Herzogenrath Amsterdam University Press 2018
The Films of Clint Eastwood Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel University of New Mexico Press 2018
The Films of Jess Franco Antonio Lázaro-Reboll and Ian Olney Wayne State University Press 2018
The Fly Emma Westwood Auteur Publishing 2018
The Hell of War Comes Home Owen W. Gilman Jr. University Press of Mississippi 2018
The Hollywood Renaissance Peter Kramer and Yannis Tzioumakis Bloomsbury Publishing 2018
The Invention of Robert Bresson Colin Burnett Indiana University Press 2017
The Killing John Alberti Wayne State University Press 2017
The Kinetoscope:  A British History Richard Brown & Barry Anthony John Libbey Publishing Ltd. 2017
The Limits of Auteurism Nicholas Godfrey Rutgers University Press 2018
The Lost Jungle Guy Barefoot University of Exeter Press 2017
The Man From The Third Row Fredrik Gustafsson Berghahn Books 2017
The Man Who Made The Movies Vanda Krefft Harper Collins Publishers 2017
The Optical Vacuum Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece Oxford University Press 2018
The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan Jason T. Eberl and George A. Dunn Lexington Books 2017
The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950's Robert Miklitsch University of Illinois Press 2017
The Romanian Cinema of Nationalism Onoriu Colăcel McFarland & Company, Inc. 2018
The Semiotics of Light and Shadows Piotr Sadowski Bloomsbury Publishing 2018
The Shining K.J. Donnelly Wallflower Press 2018
The Silence of the Lambs: Critical Essays on a Cannibal, Clarice, and a Nice Chianti Cynthia J. Miller Rowman & Littlefield 2017
The Sound of Things To Come Trace Reddell University of Minnesota Press 2018
The Techne of Giving Timothy C. Campbell Fordham University Press 2017
The United States Constitution in Film Eric T. Kasper and Quentin D. Vieregge Lexington Books 2018
The Voice of Technology Lilya Kaganovsky Indiana University Press 2018
This Thing of Darkness Joan Neuberger Cornell University Press 2019
Tony Soprano's America M. Keith Booker and Isra Daraiseh Rowman & Littlefield 2017
Transcendental Style in Film Paul Schrader University of California Press 2018
Transforming Harry John Alberti, P.Andrew Miller Wayne State University Press 2018
Transgender Cinema Rebecca Bell-Metereau Rutgers University Press 2019
Trash Cinema Guy Barefoot Wallflower Press 2017
Traumatic Imprints Noah Tsika University of California Press 2018
Tropical Travels Lisa Shaw University of Texas Press 2018
Understanding Kubrick's 2001 a space odyssey James Fenwick Intellect 2018
Utopian Television Michael Cramer University of Minnesota Press 2017
Violence and Open Spaces Stefanie Mueller, Christa Buschendorf, Katja Sarkowsky Universitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg 2017
Violence in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock David Humbert Michigan State University Press 2017
Voice of Glory Thomas E. Douglass The University of Tennessee Press 2017
Watch It! Ingrid Haidegger Universitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg 2017
Werner Schroeter Roy Grundmann Film Museum Synema Publication 2018
What's Eating You? Cynthia J. Miller & A. Bowdoin Van Riper Bloomsbury Publishing 2017
Why Harry Met Sally Joshua Louis Moss University of Texas Press 2017
Woke Horror Kyna B. Morgan MacBain and Boyd 2018
Working in Hollywood Ronny Regev University of North Carolina Press 2018
Writing on the Edge Johannes Mahlknecht Universitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg 2017
You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet James Bawden and Ron Miller University Press of Kentucky 2017
Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé James Leo Cahill University of Minnesota Press 2019


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