An online journal of film and television studies: ISSN 1465-9166
University of Nottingham

Issue 26 — February 2014 

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Book Reviews

All book reviews

Watching the World: Screening Documentary and Audiences by Thomas Austin
A Journey through Documentary Film by Luke Dormehl
American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation by Jeffrey Geiger
A Review by Douglas C. MacLeod Jr.

Performance in the Cinema of Hal Hartley by Steven Rawle
Hal Hartley by Mark L. Berrettini
A review by Jennifer O'Meara

Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-First Century Batman by Will Brooker
The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader edited by Christoph Lindner
A Review by Matthew Freeman

Film and Female Consciousness: Irigaray, Cinema and Thinking Women by Lucy Bolton
Civilized Violence: Subjectivity, Gender and Popular Cinema by David Hansen-Miller
A Review by Katherine Whitehurst

New Takes in Film-Philosophy edited by Havi Carel and Greg Tuck
Deleuze and Cinema: The Film Concepts by Felicity Colman
Deleuze and World Cinemas by David Martin-Jones
A Review by Sergey Toymentsev

The British Film Institute, the Government and Film Culture, 1933-2000 edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and Christophe Dupin
J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies:  The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood’s Cold War by John Sbardellati
The CIA in Hollywood:  How the Agency Shapes Film and Television by Tricia Jenkins
A Review by Elaine Lennon

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer by Shaun Kimber
Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain by Julian Petley
A review by Karen Oughton

Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers: Redefining Feminism on Screen by Kathleen Rowe Karlyn
African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960 by Charlene Regester
Unsettling Sights: The Fourth World on Film by Corinn Columpar
A review by Mantra Roy

Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film: Cultural Transformations in Europe, 1732-1933 by Erik Butler
Stephen King on the Small Screen by Mark Browning 
John Carpenter by Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell
A review by Alissa Burger

Bollywood: Gods, Glamour and Gossip by Kush Varia
Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema by Tejaswini Gamti
A Review by Laya Maheshwari

The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam
InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen edited by Rajinder Dudrah, Sangita Gopal, Amit S. Rai and Anustup Basu
The New Media Nation: Indigenous Peoples and Global Communication by Valerie Alia
A Review by Rohit K Dasgupta, University of the Arts London

Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies by William D. Romanowki
Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986 by Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke
A review by Hannah Graves, University of Warwick

Shadow of a Mouse: Performance, Belief, and World-Making in Animation by Donald Crafton
The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation by Thomas Lamarre
A review by Daniel Knipe, University of the West of England

Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento by Maitland McDonagh
The New Neapolitan Cinema by Alex Marlow-Mann
Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema by Austin Fisher
A review by Joseph North

Mike Leigh by Sean O’Sullivan
Discomfort and Joy: The Cinema of Bill Forsyth by Jonathan Murray
A review by Marcus Smith

Lindsay Anderson: Cinema Authorship by John Izod, Karl Magee, Kathryn Hannan and Isabelle Gourdin-Sanguaord
The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom by Deborah Allison
A review by Martin Stollery

A Companion to Eastern European Cinemas edited by Anikó Imre
European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory and Politics by Ewa Mazierska
European Cinema in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Film in Contemporary Europe edited by Daniela Berghahn and Claudia Sternberg
A review by Andrea Virginás

Existentialism and Social Engagement in the Films of Michael Mann by Vincent M. Gaine
Maximum Movies–Pulp Fictions: Film Culture and the Worlds of Samuel Fuller, Mickey Spillane, and Jim Thompson by Peter Stanfield
A review by Michael Ahmed

Not Hollywood: Independent Film at the Twilight of the American Dream by Sherry B. Ortner
Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s by Alisa Perren
Hollywood’s Indies: Classics Divisions, Specialty Labels and the American Film Market by Yannis Tzioumakis
A review by Steven Rawle

Black and Blue: The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetee, Sans Soleil and Hiroshima Mon Amour by Carol Mavor
Temporality and Film Analysis by Matilda Mroz
A review by John A. Riley

Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick
A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation edited by Deborah Cartmell
A review by J. E. Smyth

What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s edited by Sean Griffin
Hollywood Reborn: Movie Stars of the 1970s edited by James Morrison
Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s edited by Murray Pomerance
A review by Jude Warne

Coming Soon to A Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals edited by Jeffrey Ruoff
Film Festival Yearbook 4: Film Festivals and Activism edited by Dina Iordanova and Leshu Torchin
A review by Dorota Ostrowska

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Film Reviews

All film reviews

Special Feature: The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Introduction by Leora Hadas

Iron Man 3 (dir. Shane Black, 2013): Launching Phase 2

A review by Leora Hadas


The Avengers (aka Avengers Assemble) (dir. Joss Whedon, 2012): The Marvel Transmedia Universe

A review by William Proctor


Captain America: The First Avenger (dir. Joe Johnston, 2011): Joe Johnston and Marvel Studios Unearth a Brooklyn Antique

A review by Martin Flanagan


Iron Man (dir. Jon Favreau, 2008): Building the Marvel Cinematic Universe 

A review by Aaron Calbreath-Frasieur

Additional reviews

The Devils (dir. Ken Russell, 1971)

A review by Sarah Pines


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (dir. Michael Apted, 2010)

A review by Alice Mills


Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy (BBC, 1979)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (dir. Tomas Alfredson, 2011)

A review by Reidar Due

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Conference Reports

All conference reports

European Cinema Research Forum Conference 2013: The Other — a report by Christian Klesse

German Screen Studies Network Symposium: "The Return of the Real—Realism and Everyday Life in Contemporary German-Language Film" — a report by Elizabeth Ward

MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association) Postgraduate Network Conference — a report by Michael Ahmed

Revisiting Star Studies Conference — a report by Anna Malinowska and Mani Sharpe

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference (2013) — a report by Frances Smith

Screening Atrocity: Cinema, Decolonisation and the Holocaust — a report by Hilary Clixby and Hedley Sugar-Wells

Texture in Film: Interdisciplinary Symposium — a report by Allain Dingle

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Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies
University of Nottingham