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AFTRS Library New Titles. On display 1 February to 15 February 2019
When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.
This book offers a novel understanding of the epistemological strategies that are mobilized by the essay film, and of where and how such strategies operate. Against the backdrop of Theodor W. Adorno's discussion of the essay form's anachronistic, anti-systematic and disjunctive mode of resistance, the book discusses the essay film as future philosophy - as a contrarian, political cinema whose argumentation engages with us in a space beyond the verbal.
Based on long-lost recordings, a set of revealing conversations between the film director and the iconic cultural provocateur unstintingly reflects on topics ranging from politics and literature to the many films Welles wanted to make.
Every week, millions of devoted fans download or tune in to This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, Radio Diaries, 99% Invisible, and other nonfiction narrative radio shows. Out on a Wire offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling - one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium.
Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game offers a concise introduction to psychoanalytic film theory in jargon-free language and shows how this theory can be deployed to interpret Jean Renoir's classic film.
This unique anthology presents a selection of over seventy historical essays on comedy, ranging from antiquity to the present, divided into historical periods and arranged chronologically. Across its span it traces the development of comic theory, highlighting the relationships between comedy, politics, economics, philosophy, religion, and other arts and genres.
Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie is the first academic monograph to consider the aesthetic and narrative potential of this highly popular, yet often overlooked, film genre. Reconsidering tropes such as the male juvenile delinquent figure, the makeover and the teen vampire, the book uses aseries of detailed case studies of films like Rebel Without a Cause, Grease, Heathers and Twilight to explore the genre's relation to critical concepts of intersectionality, postfeminism and the posthuman.
Film historian Gergely Hubai recounts the often strange and surprising stories behind 300 rejected and replaced scores dating from the 1930s through the 2000s. In these behind-the-scenes tales, dedication collides with miscommunication, musical geniuses clash with the tone-deaf, commercialism brawls with artistic purity, and a lot of hard work goes unrewarded. The movies discussed range from the most popular to the all-but-forgotten, and from high art to lowbrow fare; they include a handful of TV shows and a videogame.