In this detailed analysis of "Psycho", the author explores all the elements that make up this film. In addition he develops various lines of argument about spectatorship, Hollywood narrative codes, psychoanalysis and editing and shot-composition, amongst other themes.
David Carter examines Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) in terms of its blurring the distinctions between genres and its explorations of the nature of the mind and how dreams are related to the conscious and unconscious mind. He also considers it in the context of the director's other work.
Drawing on new research in the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London, Kramer's study explores the production, marketing and reception as well as the themes and style of A Clockwork Orange against the backdrop of Kubrick's previous work and of wider developments in cinema, culture and society from the 1950s to the early 1970s.
A critical study of Gasper Noe's Irreversible (2002) in the context of cinema du corps, which seeks to scrutinise the controversies that surround the film and analyse its deliberately incoherent, confrontational style.
A loner, Travis Bickle, takes up driving a taxi in search of an escape from his sleeplessness and his disgust with the corruption he finds around him. His pent-up rage, fuelled by his doomed relationship with a political campaign worker, leads to an inevitable descent into psychosis and violence.
Author Jonathan Melville looks back at the creation of Highlander with the help of more than 60 cast and crew, including stars Christopher Lambert and Clancy Brown, as they talk candidly about the gruelling shoot that took them from the alleys of London, to the far reaches of the Scottish Highlands, and onto the streets of 1980s New York City.
Iconic portraits and contact sheets from Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, Golden Eye and the Bond spoof & Casino Royale, published to coincide with the new James Bond film, No Time to Die.
Inspired by Dostoyevsky's short story, The Double tells the story of Simon, a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.
Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. In this book, George Lucas guides us through the original trilogy like never before, recounting the inspirations, experiences, and stories that created a modern monomyth. Complete with script pages, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, and more.
The Oscar-winning film Boys Don't Cry (1999) offered the first mainstream access to transmasculine embodiment in North America. This book relocates the film within historical and conceptual contexts that influenced its ambivalent reception while emphasizing the importance of trans visibilities and representations in the mainstream.
A film that transcends time, Sally Potter's Orlando (1992) follows its titular character through nearly four hundred years of British history. Orlando starts life as a young man in the 1600s and then, mid-film, becomes a woman in the 1800s. Russell Sheaffer meticulously charts the distinct shift from lesbian feminist text to queer film classic.
Maria San Filippo explores Desiree Akhavan's debut feature, Appropriate Behavior (2014), as an instant classic of 2010's US indie filmmaking, a radical reappropriation of straight and gay film genres, a model for feminist-queer creative collaboration, and an unparalleled portrayal of bisexuality.
"Sunrise" was a lavish production, famous for its specially constructed sets and one of Hollywood's most ambitious undertakings. Fischer's book is a model of film analysis, locating "Sunrise" in a range of historical, aesthetic and philosophical contexts. In the BFI FILM CLASSICS series.
A study that sets the film "The Big Lebowski" into the context of 1990s Hollywood cinema, anatomized for its witty relationship with the classics it satirizes, and discusses in terms of its key theme: the hopeless flailing of ridiculously unmanly men in the world of discombobulated, mixed-up, or put-on identities that is Los Angeles.
This is a study of the film "Shadows", directed by John Cassavetes. The film tells the story of three beatnik siblings living together. The film deals with racial issues but the director wished it to be a human film concerned to rescue the "small feelings" of life.