Directory Of World Cinema

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This new addition to the "Directory of World Cinema" series focuses on Italy and Italian cinema. While attractive to English speaking audiences, Italian cinema is not as culturally familiar as French or German cinema so this volume aims to provide an understanding of some of its better-known aspects as part of a wider filmic and cultural study. Covering a range of genres including silent spectacle, neo-realism, the spaghetti western and the giallo, this volume provides a comprehensive historical sweep of Italian cinema that encompasses prestige and popular cinema and provides different standpoints from which to consider the recurrent themes of realism, politics, spectacle, and the operatic that are found across Italian film culture.

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Building on and bringing up to date the material presented in the first installment of "Directory of World Cinema: Japan", this volume continues the exploration of the enduring classics, cult favorites, and contemporary blockbusters of Japanese cinema with new contributions from leading critics and film scholars. Among the additions to this volume are in-depth treatments of two previously unexplored genres - youth cinema and films depicting lower-class settings - considered alongside discussions of popular narrative forms, including J-Horror, samurai cinema, anime, and the Japanese New Wave.

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Bringing to mind rockers and royals, Buckingham Palace and the Scottish Highlands, Britain holds a special interest for international audiences who have flocked in recent years to quality British exports like "Fish Tank", "Trainspotting" and "The King's Speech". A series of essays and articles exploring the definitive films of Great Britain, this addition to "Intellect's Directory of World Cinema" series turns the focus on England together with Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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Concurrent with the growing body of scholarship on South Korean cinema, "Directory of World Cinema: South Korea" offers an accessible overview of South Korea's film industry. In addition to the action and horror films usually considered in studies of South Korean cinema, this volume also examines genres that have traditionally lacked critical attention, including romantic comedies and gay and lesbian features.

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This book is a new addition to the "Directory of World Cinema" series focusing on Iran and Iranian cinema. It explores the main trends, genres and movements of Iranian cinema and the historical turning points and prominent figures that have shaped it. With contributions from some of the top academics in the field, this book looks at a range of genres including film farsi, comedy, jaheli films, war films, women's cinema and art house films and provides a comprehensive guide to Iranian cinema.

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The first volume of the Directory of World Cinema: Britain provided an overview of British cinema from its earliest days to the present. In this, the second volume, the contributors focus on specific periods and trace the evolutions of individual genres and directors. A complementary edition rather than an update of its predecessor, the book offers essays on war and family films, as well as on LGBT cinema and representations of disability in British films.

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