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Image for Action and Image: Dramatic Structure in Cinema

Action and Image: Dramatic Structure in Cinema

By: Armes, Roy

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Manchester/New York, Manchester University Press: (c.1994)

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 19134

ISBN: 0-7190-3555-4

Condition: Near Fine


[solid clean book, minor external wear]. Trade PB "The concern of film theorists to read films as texts has led them to neglect the equally pressing need to see films as drama. [The author] sets out to redress the balance by drawing on the insights offered by recent developments in the theoretical study of drama and performance. Issues relating to plot and protagonist are explored through detailed analysis of the structure of a wide range of readily accessible cla... View more info

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The Soul of the Moving Picture

By: Bloem, Walter S. (translated from the German by Allen W. Porterfield)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Company: (c.1924)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20137

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light wear to extremities and a bit along hinges, gilt spine lettering a bit dulled but still fully readable, one-time owner's name at top of ffep, light staining to rear free endpaper]. (B&W photographs) An early attempt to formulate an aesthetic of the cinema, not on a purely theoretical basis but also grounded in the realities of film production and economics: the author, as a scenarist himself, was well aware that this still-nascent art form operat... View more info

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Cinematic Landscapes: Observations on the Visual Arts and Cinema of China and Japan

By: Ehrlich, Linda C., and David Desser, eds.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Austin, University of Texas Press: 1994

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 17716

ISBN: 0-292-72087-4

Condition: Near Fine


[minor exterior wear only]. (Texas Film Studies Series) Series Trade PB (B&W/color photos, other illus.) "This major first study of the relationship between Chinese and Japanese art and fim brings together writers from the United States, Europe, Australia, China, and Japan, including Japan's well-known film critic Sato Tadao and Beijing Film Academy's Ni Zhen. The essays discuss the influence of the traditional arts, including scroll painting and printmaking, on Ch... View more info

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Film Reader 2 (January 1977)

By: Erens, Patricia, and Bill Horrigan, eds.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: [Evanston IL], The Silver Screen: 1977

Edition: (No. 2)

Seller ID: 21979

Condition: Very Good-


[moderate edgewear, covers rubbed/scuffed, a bit of creasing to front cover]. (B&W photographs) Second issue of this film theory periodical, with articles grouped under two themes, "Narrative Structures" and "Industry/Technology/Ideology." Includes analyses of various aspects of the films STAGE FRIGHT (Alfred Hitchcock), MILDRED PIERCE (Michael Curtiz), SUNRISE (F.W. Murnau), THE SEARCHERS (John Ford), SUNSET BOULEVARD (Billy Wilder), RUN OF THE ARROW ( S... View more info

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American Film Genres [Second Edition]

By: Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Chicago, Nelson-Hall: (c.1985)

Edition: First printing

Seller ID: 8950

ISBN: 0-8304-1048-1

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[ex-library book but virtually unmarked (just small library stamp on top edge), remnants of former jacket cover (now replaced) on both pastedowns (covered by jacket flaps); jacket has some minor creasing/wrinkling]. (B&W photographs) Updated and considerably-revised edition of the author's groundbreaking book, originally published in 1974; much harder to find than the original. The chapters from the previous edition on the big-caper film and the musical have been removed... View more info

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American Film Genres: Approaches to a Critical Theory of Popular Film

By: Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Dayton OH, Pflaum Publishing: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11817

ISBN: 0-8278-0277-3

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(yes, it's a softcover book with a dust jacket) [minor edgewear, some rubbing to covers, soft crease across bottom of front cover, inside very clean; jacket moderately worn at edges/corners]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Pioneering work in genre film criticism, one of the first published books by this cinema professor who, just a couple of years later, would embark on a more notable (and undoubtedly more lucrative) career as a mystery novelist. This book was widely used ... View more info

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Dada and Surrealist Film

By: Kuenzli, Rudolf E., ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Willis Locker & Owens: (c.1987)

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 13747

ISBN: 0-930279-11-5

Condition: Very Good+


[good clean copy, some rubbing and surface wear to covers, slight curling at fore-edge of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "A groundbreaking collection of original essays that analyze connections between film and these two highly influential 20th-century movements. These essays explore for the first time the differences between Dada and Surrealist film, discuss film scenarios as part of a much larger discursive field, and present new research and challenging... View more info

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The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses

By: Marks, Laura U.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Durham NC/London, Duke University Press: 2000

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 10377

ISBN: 0-8223-2391-5

Condition: Very Good+


[clean tight copy, mild handling wear, short diagonal crease (almost invisible) at top right-hand corner of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "Memories that evoke the physical awareness of touch, smell, and bodily presence can be vital links to home for people living in diaspora from their culture of origin. How can filmmmakers working between cultures use cinema, a visual medium, to transmit that physical sense of place and culture? [The author] provides a... View more info

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The Imaginary Signifier: Psychoanalysis and the Cinema

By: Metz, Christian (translated by Celia Britton, Annwyl Williams, Ben Brewster and Alfred Guzzetti)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana University Press: (c.1982)

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 17827

ISBN: 0-253-33105-6

Condition: Fair in Good dj


[moderate external wear, intermittent underlining/margin notes in first half of text; jacket somewhat scuffed and worn, small dampstain (mostly internal) at bottom rear corner, some uneven fading and color-shifting between green and blue, no doubt signifying something]. "In the first half of the book Metz explores a number of aspects of the psychological anchoring of cinema as a social institution, using Freudian psychoanalysis to examine the nature of cinematic spe... View more info

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The Art of Looking in Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW

By: Sharff, Stefan

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Limelight Editions: 1997

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 10438

ISBN: 0-87910-087-7

Condition: Near Fine


[small surface flaw at lower right-hand corner of front cover, otherwise a nice clean copy, virtually as new]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The author "shows us how Hitchcock achieved the mounting excitement and fear that mark this film. [He] first provides a detailed overview of the director's skill in developing the story from intriguing start to shattering climax. In the second part of the book, he goes on to a shot-by-shot analysis; using the film's continuity as... View more info

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Crisis Cinema: The Apocalyptic Idea in Postmodern Narrative Film

By: Sharrett, Christopher, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Maisonneuve Press: 1993

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 14148

ISBN: 0-944624-19-7

Condition: Near Fine


[minor wear at edges, slight bump at base of spine; text clean, binding solid]. (PostModernPositions, Vol. 6) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Anthology of critical essays, including individual articles devoted to these films: RUMBLE FISH (Francis Ford Coppola); FELLINI'S CASANOVA; BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam); TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese); BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott); MAD MAX (George Miller). View more info

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Film Criticism and Caricatures 1943-53

By: Winnington, Richard (selected and with an introduction by Paul Rotha)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Elek Books Limited: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14591

ISBN: 0-236-40007-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket spine a bit sunned, but no significant wear]. (cartoon drawings) Per the jacket blurb, "Winnington is to be ranked as a film critic with James Agee, Eric Knight, Otis Fergusion, André Bazin and Louis Delluc. His masterly economy of style, his persuasiveness and wit make his reviews devastating and compulsive reading two and three decades after they were written. The caricatures that accompanied them are no mere satiric... View more info