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With the international critical and commercial successes of Le Declin de l'empire americain (The Decline of the American Empire, 1986) and Jesus de Montreal (Jesus of Montreal, 1989) Denys Arcand has risen to the forefront of Canadian filmmaking. These films…

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This is a completely new, revised, and expanded version of the book first published by Scarecrow in 1976. It documents the work of America's first major film company, Vitagraph, from its beginnings in the 1890s through its sale to Warner Bros. in 1925.

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Children and the Movies analyzes the first and most comprehensive study of the influence of movies on American youth, the Payne Fund Studies. First published in 1933, these studies--reproduced here in their entirety--are intrinsically important for their insights…

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Studies the film biography genre-from The Great Ziegfeld to Mommie Dearest, with individual chapters devoted to such specialists as bandleaders, comedians, singers, dancers, actors, and songwriters. Covers over 125 bio-films made between 1930 and 1982.

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The Cinema of Hong Kong examines one of the most popular and dynamic cinema traditions in the history of film. Providing an overview of major directors, genres and stars, from its origins to the present, this volume examines Hong Kong cinema in transnational,…

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Pitts looks at the celluloid careers of more than three dozen sleuths, including Arsene Lupin, Hercule Poirot, Mike Hammer, Miss Jane Marple, Perry Mason, Philip Marlowe, The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, and The Whistler, and a number of screen gumshoes with brief…

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Examining 40 cycles or themes and more than 1,000 silent films, the author attempts to discern how the screen reflected contemporary social, political, and national trends during the silent years. The period has been divided into the early silent years…

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Neil Hurley demonstrates Hitchcock's covert preoccupation with spiritual themes-conscience, guilt, false accusation, crises as catalysts of character development, personal romance, the salvation of nations, and the "unjustly accused." This last theme is linked…

David Butler

by David Butler

|October 1, 1993

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David Butler (1894-1979) directed over a hundred theatrical and television films. In this oral history he reflects over his life and work, from the days of Inceville and D.W. Griffith to the era of filmed television Westerns and situation comedies. His first…

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Television news and the Cold War grew simultaneously in the years following World War II, and their history is deeply intertwined. In order to guarantee sufficient resolve in the American public for a long term arms buildup, defense and security officials turned…

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Norman Corwin is a Bostonian who at 17 started on a course which led him ultimately into almost all of the media. For ten years a newspaperman, he then moved into radio and served as a writer-director-producer for CBS in the heyday of that network's glory with…

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In the first comprehensive, theoretically informed work in English on Quebec cinema, Marshall views his subject as neither the assertion of some unproblematic national wholeness nor a random collection of disparate voices that drown out or invalidate the question…