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June 14, 2008

Film Studies Books Hub Page

Film Studies Books Hub Page


This page will provide internal links to film studies book reviews  from Kinoeye it will also provide external links to good quality film studies reviews  when these are discovered.

Kinoeye Film Studies Book Reviews

The French New Wave: A New Look: Naomi Greene 2007 Wallflower Press: A Critical Review

Claude Lanzman’s Shoah: Key Essays.  Edited by Stuart Liebman, Oxford University Press: 2007.Review

Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City. 2006. Mark Shiel. Wallflower Press Short Cuts. Review

My Beautiful Laundrette.Christine Geraghty. 2005.London: I.B. Tauris £9.99. Review


100 British Documentaries by Patrick Russell British Film Institute 2007: Review


Making Waves: New Cinema of the 1960s. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. 2008. Continuum Press

External Film Studies Book Reviews

Cover History on Film

History on Film/Film on History R. A. Rosenstone.California Institute of Technology Pearson Education, Harlow, 2006 .James Chapman

Scope Magazine. The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan. Eric Cazdyn.

Scope Magazine. Les Diaboliques (French Film Guides) Susan Hayward

Scope Magazine. Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan In Hollywood and Out (Revised Edition). Slavoj Zizek

Scope Magazine. Review by Graeme Harper. Hollywood and Europe: Economics, Culture and National Identity 1945-1995. By Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and Steven Ricci (eds.). London: BFI

Scope Magazine review by David Inglis: Matthew Tinkcom and Amy Villarejo (eds.). Keyframes: Popular Cinema and Cultural Studies. London and New York: Routledge, 2001.

Scope Magazine Review by Karen Boyle. The Film Studies Dictionary By Steven Blandford, Barry Keith Grant & Jim Hillier. London: Arnold

Scope Magazine. Reviews of critical analyses of:  La Haine, La Reine Margot & Leos Carax

Scope Magazine. Les Diaboliques by Susan Hayward

Scope Magazine. Jean Vigo by Michael Temple

Film Philosophy Review by Davina Quinlivan: Caroline Bainbridge (2007). The Cinema of Lars von Trier: Authenticity and Artifice. Wallflower Press: London

Film Philosophy by Thorsten Botz-Bornstein Review by : Stacy Gillis. Ed. (2005). The Matrix Triology: Cyberpunk Reloaded. Wallflower Press: London and New York

Cover Making of Vertigo

Robert Baird. Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic by Dan Auiler.  St. Martin's Press

cover Jameson Archeologies of the Future

Review by David Seed. Fredric Jameson. Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. Verso Books, 2007

(Although not strictly film studies Jameson's criticism is very interdisciplinary. Given the importance of SF as a genre in film as well as fiction it seems sensible to include it here.)

Cover Contemp Am Cinema 2

Reviewed by Nathan Abrams. Linda Ruth Williams and Michael Hammond, eds., Contemporary American Cinema. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2006.

Review by Yannis Tzioumakis. The End of Cinema as we Know it: American Film in the Nineties. Jon Lewis. Pluto Press, 2002.

Review by Jan Uhde.   The Film Studies Dictionary. By Steve Blandford, Barry Keith Grant, Jim HillierStud.
Arnold Publishers (London) and Oxford University Press (New York), 2001

Film Studies Textbooks

Personally I have a distinct dislike of the 'Textbook' they frequently treat the reader like a a complete idiot and do bitesize spoonfeeding with little exercises which seem artificial but are a publishing staple. If more blogs and websites like this one were developed they could become a thing of the past however teachers in the UK at least like to cling to the textbooks. It means you can set studnets something to do when you've run out of ideas I think. Nevertheless they are in common useage. I came across a very usefult blog page which had decided to do an overview of the availble film studies textbooks.

The Category D Blog is the place to go.

Architectural Videos

Architectural Videos


Architecture and cinema have an interrelated history: World renowned directors such as Fritz Lang and Segei Eisenstein had an architectural training. Increasing architecture is being recognised as a media form as well as having many other facets to it. Similarly cinema as a media form requires exhibitionary space in which to function. The architecture of cinemas has been an important development especially in the 20th century. How important cinemas will remain as exhibition spaces remains to be seen, just as what is actually shown in them is now possibly about to change as real time HD streaming of live events is become an everyday reality. On this page there are some videos representing architecture. A vast range of these can be viewed at the Architectural Videos Blog and for those  with a very strong interest in architecture this site comes highly recommended

Daniel Liebeskind: The Jewish Museum Berlin

This is a hugely important building and one which links into the film Shoah. You can also find a recent book of articles on Shoah on this site.

Walter Gropius: The Bauhaus

The Bauhaus can in many ways be considered as an iconic building symbolising a return to a discourse of optimism and progress in the Weimar Republic. It was built soon after the Dawes plan was instituted to stabilise the German economy which had been suffering from severe hyperinflation. The revived economy, at least in the areas of lighter industry,  was the perfect market for industrial designs; an area in which the Bauhaus soon came to be a world leader. Gropius was both an architect in his own right as well as being the director of the Bauhaus although architecture wasn't actually taught there during his time as  director. However several students worked in his private office. The type of modernism with which the Bauhaus aesthetic cam to be linked was New Objectivity (Neuesachlichkeit) steered clear of Soviet Constructivism and also broke with the various strands of Expressionism prevalent in the Weimar aesthetic consciousness after the First World War. This was very much an anti-industrial feeling generated because of the mechanised mass killing of the First World War. There is of course a link between the Bauhaus and the Jewish Museum because the Bauhaus was eventually forced to  leave its site in Dessau because it was persecuted by the local Nazis. It closed down very shortly after the Reichstag Fire and the takeover of the Nazis in the Spring of 1933.

More to come later.

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