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Here is a selection of some top movie and cinema books that should satisfy any film enthusiast.

1001: Movies You Must See Before You Die
1001: Movies You Must See Before You Die

"I have, by the way, seen 943 of the 1001 movies, and am carefully rationing the remaining titles to prolong my life." - Roger Ebert
"1001 ways to give cinema new scope." - The Herald
Expert critics in each genre of film, from romance to horror and sci-fi, have once again painstakingly revised this list of essential must see-movies, cut and added films to bring the must-watch list bang up to date for 2013, from great classics like The Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind to recent Oscar winners like Life of Pi, Amour, Argo and the blockbusters that is Skyfall. Each entry tells you exactly why these films deserve inclusion in this definitive illustrated list, engaging readers in each film's concept development and production, including curious trivia facts about the movies, as well as the most famous pieces of memorabilia associated with them.

Price: £10.00

Publication: 7 Oct 2013

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Cinema
Cinema

For Alain Badiou, films think, and it is the task of the philosopher to transcribe that thinking. What is the subject to which the film gives expressive form? This is the question that lies at the heart of Badiou's account of cinema. He contends that cinema is an art form that bears witness to the Other and renders human presence visible, thus testifying to the universal value of human existence and human freedom. Through the experience of viewing, the movement of thought that constitutes the film is passed on to the viewer, who thereby encounters an aspect of the world and its exaltation and vitality as well as its difficulty and complexity. Cinema is an impure art cannibalizing its times, the other arts, and people - a major art precisely because it is the locus of the indiscernibility between art and non-art. It is this, argues Badiou, that makes cinema the social and political art par excellence , the best indicator of our civilization, in the way that Greek tragedy, the coming-of-age novel and the operetta were in their respective eras.

Price: £17.99

Publication: 5 July 2013 [Paperback]

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Cinema: The Whole Story
Cinema: The Whole Story

Cinema: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key time periods, genres and key works in world cinema. It places the burgeoning world of cinema in the context of social and cultural developments that have taken place since its beginnings. Organized chronologically, the book traces the evolution of cinematic development, from the earliest days of film projection to the multiscreen cinemas and super-technology of today. Illustrated, in-depth text charts every genre of cinema, from the first silent films to epic blockbusters, CGI graphics and groundbreaking effects of the 21st century. Cinema: The Whole Story is an indispensable book for all those who love watching and reading about films and who want to understand more about the world of cinema.

Price: £13.37

Publication: 19 Sep 2011

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Film Review 2012 -2013
Film Review 2012 -2013

Michael Darvell has contributed to the magazines Films Illustrated, Film Review, and Radio Times, as well as editing Montage, the London film societies magazine. He stepped into the shoes of the late F. Maurice Speed as the editor of What's On In London. Mansel Stimpson has long been the Chair of the Eastbourne Film Society, and has introduced films and led discussions at London's National Film Theatre. He was a reviewer and interviewer for What's On In London for almost 20 years.

Price: £19.99

Publication: 31 Oct 2013

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Radio Times Guide to Films 2014
Radio Times Guide to Films 2014

With over 21,000 entries, including all recent cinema releases, plus new straight-to-video/DVD titles, TV movies and films from a century of cinema, Radio Times Guide to Films 2005 is the definitive guide to the genre. Complete indexes of actors, directors and alternative titles, plus an international awards section, birth and death dates to the actors and directors indexes; no other guide offers such a range of films in one volume. Each of the A-Z entries features a review and star rating from the Radio Times film experts, cast and characters, director and writer credits, plus other essential information (genre, year, country of origin, running time, video/DVD availability, British Board of Film Classification certificate and viewing advice).

Price: £16.25

Publication: 3 Sep 2013

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The Cinema Book
The Cinema Book

First published in 1985, "The Cinema Book "was hailed as a landmark film studies text, presenting in accessible form two decades of intellectual activity on the subject. The second edition (1999) consolidated "The Cinema Book"'s international reputation as the leading guide to film studies. This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated to include brand new chapters together with original essays and case studies written by leading scholars from around the globe. It provides comprehensive coverage of seven major areas: Hollywood Cinema and Beyond; Stars; Technologies; World Cinemas; Genre; Authorship; and Developments in Theory. New topics include Global Hollywood; Contemporary Women Directors; Queer Theory; and Postmodernism. All sections are supported by in-depth analyses of films from the earliest days to the present.

Price: £25.49

Publication: 3 Jan 2008

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The Oxford History of World Cinema
The Oxford History of World Cinema

The Oxford History of World Cinema is the most authoritative, up-to-date history of the Cinema ever undertaken. It traces the history of the twentieth-century's most enduringly popular entertainment form, covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact. The book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the Avant-Garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong, with an international team of distinguished film historians telling the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel. Other chapters outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world - the varied and distinctive filmic traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. Also included are over 140 special inset features on the film-makers and personalities - Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman - who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore.With over 300 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, The Oxford History of World Cinema is an invaluable and entertaining guide and resource for the student and general reader.

Price: £34.99

Publication: 30 Oct 1997

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The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
The Rough Guide to Cult Movies

The Rough Guide to Cult Movies offers a blend of essential trivia and informed opinion as it takes you on a tour of the most compellingly weird - and weirdly compelling - films in the world. Whether you're a paid-up member of The Big Lebowski fan club or just looking for a night in with an interesting DVD, The Rough Guide to Cult Movies is the ultimate guide to the world's most memorable films. The Rough Guide to Cult Movies selects cinema's most compelling triumphs: films that are brilliant, intriguing or just plain bizarre; from action flicks to zombie films, by way of nuns, yakuza, musicals and mutations. You'll find expert, pithy reviews of over 1500 movies, with forgotten legends like Charlie Chan and the Opera or contemporary classics like There Will Be Blood, plus filmmakers' picks of their favourite cult movies, in their own words.

There are good movies and there are bad movies and then there are cult movies.

Price: £9.19

Publication: 2 Aug 2010

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