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Whether you want a film encyclopedia or a guide to the best movies from different genres, Book People's range of entertainment books contains something for every kind of film buff.

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Whether you want a film encyclopedia or a guide to the best movies from different genres, Book People's range of entertainment books contains something for every kind of film buff.

  • 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy'

    Geoff Dyer

    Product Code: BRZCT
    Paperback
    From the acclaimed writer and critic Geoff Dyer, an extremely funny scene-by-scene analysis of Where Eagles Dare - published as the film reaches its 50th anniversary A thrilling Alpine adventure starring a magnificent, bleary-eyed Richard Burton and a coolly anachronistic Clint Eastwood, Where Eagles Dare is the apex of 1960s war movies, by turns enjoyable and preposterous. 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy' is Geoff Dyer's tribute to the film he has loved since childhood: an analysis taking us from its snowy, Teutonic opening credits to its vertigo-inducing climax. For those who have not even seen Where Eagles Dare, this book is a comic tour-de-force of criticism. But for the film's legions of fans, whose hearts will always belong to Ron Goodwin's theme tune, it will be the fulfilment of a dream. 'Geoff Dyer's funniest book yet. Who else would work in Martha Gellhorn on the first page of a book on the film Where Eagles Dare?' Michael Ondaatje 'One of our greatest living critics, not of the arts but of life itself, and one of our most original writers' Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine
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  • The World of Sanditon

    Sara Sheridan

    Product Code: CAVWL
    Hardback
    The official TV tie-in to accompany the ITV drama scripted by Andrew Davies The official companion to ITV's hotly anticipated new drama, The World of Sanditon delves behind the scenes of Sanditon, giving you the inside scoop on Jane Austen's unfinished masterpiece, adapted for television by Andrew Davies. Produced by Red Planet Pictures, ITV's Sanditon series tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming and slightly wild Sidney Parker. Written by Emmy and BAFTA-Award winning writer Andrew Davies, the series will bring Austen's story to life and this book will allow you to go behind the scenes of the cast and crew, exploring the world that Austen created and offering fascinating insights about the period and about the real-life heartbreak behind her final story. Readers will also have access to location guides, interviews with the cast, and in-depth historical information by esteemed author Sara Sheridan. Full of beautiful photography from the series, this is the only guide you need to Autumn's biggest show - welcome to Sanditon!
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  • The Secret Life of the Movies

    Simon Brew

    Product Code: BYYGW
    Paperback
    Get ready to spot hundreds of things you've never seen before across a wide range of films, in this brand new book from the creator of Den Of Geek. From the small references and inspirations, through to clues, hidden meanings and moments in frame that you may have simply missed, this indispensable guide is both a love letter to cinema, and a jam-packed treasure trove that no film fan will want to miss!
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  • Coronation Street Treasures

    Tim Randall

    Product Code: BYVZS
    Hardback
    House by house, also calling in at the Rovers, the Factory, Roy's Rolls, The Kabin and the Corner Shop, in this book you'll find all sorts of fascinating lost treasures from the world of Coronation Street, from revealing birth certificates and love letters to divorce papers, personal letters and even Betty's secret hotpot recipe. Coronation Street historians Tim Randall and Simon Timblick thread it all together to paint a vivid and evocative history of each of the premises on the Street, piecing together the stories of the generations that have passed through from the evidence they've left behind. Containing previously unpublished memorabilia, intricately reproduced on the page, plus hundreds of rarely seen archive photographs, this unique album provides an amazing record of nearly 60 years of life on Britain's most famous street.
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  • Star Wars Memorabilia

    Paul Berry

    Product Code: BMMDH
    Paperback
    Star Wars first debuted on movie screens in 1977 and over the past forty years has grown into a merchandising phenomenon unequalled both in breadth and range. It has generated more collectables than any other movie series in history. From inexpensive pocket money toys to big ticket full-size replicas, it has spanned every area of licensed product. From inauspicious beginnings, Paul Berry charts the development of the Star Wars collectable from the Original Trilogy era of the 1970s and 1980s, the prequels of the 1990s and 2000s and the modern era of films. This book looks at the massive success of the Kenner, and later Hasbro, action figure range, which has spawned well over 1,000 figures; the story of the books and comics that have greatly expanded the Star Wars universe; the records and the videos; the bubblegum cards; and the modern collectors items. Whether you joined the Star Wars saga in 1977, 1999 or 2015, Star Wars is a hobby that continues to attract new generations of collectors and will likely endure for many decades to come.
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  • The James Bond Archives

    TASCHEN

    Product Code: AQEVG
    Hardback
    "Bond, James Bond." Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 24 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades. In collaboration with EON Productions, this trade edition of The James Bond Archives includes all the same stunning imagery and behind-the-scenes knowledge as the original XL book, just with a smaller format and a softer price-tag. The result is an affordable, compact yet comprehensive record of every single Bond film ever made. The wealth of on-set photos, unseen stills, set designs, storyboards, production memos, is supplemented by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members. From producers to stuntmen, directors to production designers, these personal narratives relate the true, inside story from the Bond sets, offering outstanding insight into the personalities and processes behind the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history.
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  • Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films

    Jody Revenson

    Product Code: ANIMB
    Hardback
    The magical places that were brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter films make up the backbone of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. This book grants a complete, unprecedented look at the process of adapting those locations for the films. Detailed profiles of each environment pair never-before-seen concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and film stills with text highlighting filmmaking secrets from the Warner Brothers archives.
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  • Making Moon: A British Sci-Fi Cult Classic

    Simon Ward

    Product Code: CAXXH
    Hardback
    The official 10th anniversary making of book for the Duncan Jones directed sci-fi film Moon. Directed by Duncan Jones, and written by Nathan Parker from a story by Jones, Moon is a 2009 science fiction drama following Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the moon. Independently financed and produced on a modest budget, Moon became an instant cult classic. It was well received by critics and audiences alike, and was particularly praised for its scientific plausibility and realism. Making Moon will take an in-depth look back at the film's production: It features interviews with the film's key creatives and includes rare concept and behind-the-scenes images, as well as excerpts from the original shooting script.
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  • Refocus: the Films of Spike Jonze

    Kim Wilkins

    Product Code: BZQOU
    Hardback
    ReFocus: The Films of Spike Jonze is the first collection of essays on this important and original contemporary filmmaker. It looks at his groundbreaking work in both features and short forms, exploring the impact of his filmmaking across a range of philosophical and cultural discussions. Each of Jonze's feature films, from Being John Malkovich (1999) to Her (2013), is discussed at length, focusing on issues of authorship, narration, genre and adaptation. As well as the textual aspects of Jonze's feature films, the contributors consider his work in music videos and shorts - investigating his position as a filmmaker on the blurred boundaries between studio and independent modes of production.
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  • Star Wars: Rogues, Scoundrels & Bounty Hunters

    Titan Books

    Product Code: BZQOB
    Paperback
    A new Star Wars Insider collection, featuring content previously printed in the Star Wars Insider magazine. Each volume brings together a collection of the best of the official Star Wars Insider magazine content, celebrating the complete Star Wars experience, from movies to books, video games to comic books, and more! Featuring rare cast and crew interviews, and exclusive behind the scenes pictures, this is an essential read for Star Wars fans of all ages.
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  • The Encyclopedia of Hammer Films

    Chris Fellner

    Product Code: BZNTY
    Hardback
    Dracula and Frankenstein. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. These are just a few of the icons of Hammer Films. To horror fans, the name "Hammer" conjures visions of hissing vampires and buxom beauties in low-cut negligees. But Britain's Hammer Film Productions, Ltd., was much more than just a fright factory. For more than thirty years, the company turned out neatly crafted entries in a variety of genres, ranging from comedies to pirate yarns, murder mysteries to war pictures. At the heart of Hammer's remarkable success was its access to American financing and American theaters. But more than that, the individuals behind the scenes knew how to make good films on tight budgets. These pictures have withstood the test of time and continue to be enjoyed all over the world. The Encyclopedia of Hammer Films details the surprising story of Britain's most successful independent film company and includes *Entries on all of Hammer's feature films, featurettes, and television episodes, including staff, production details, US and UK release data, cast, synopses, reviews, behind-the-scenes quotes, and US financial participation *Capsule biographies of directors, producers, technicians, and actors--including the lovely ladies of Hammer glamour *Special entries on Hammer-related topics, including "tax shelter" companies, Hammerscope, the British Board of Film Censors, and the recent Hammer reboot *An annotated appendix of more than 150 unrealized Hammer projects *A chronological, annotated listing of every production and coproduction from the company's inception in 1934 An invaluable resource, this volume includes snapshots of the men and women who made the studio a success-including Peter Cushing, Terence Fisher, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, and Jimmy Sangster-as well as such iconic films as The Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, and Vampire Circus. With more than six hundred entries, The Encyclopedia of Hammer Films is a must-have for every fan of this unique studio.
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  • The Ultimate Superhero Movie Guide

    Helen O'Hara

    Product Code: BZNAC
    Hardback
    The Ultimate Superhero Movie Guide is a thrilling journey through the history of the world's favorite movie genre. From the early glories of Superman and Tim Burton's Batman, to the modern dominance of Marvel and DC's cinematic universes, this book celebrates the stars, stunts and special effects that have brought dozens of legendary comic book heroes to the big screen. Featuring a blend of reviews, lists and features covering everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cult classics like Constantine and Hellboy, this is a celebration of superhero movies unlike anything else in the market.
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  • Early Cinema in Scotland

    John Caughie

    Product Code: BZILE
    Paperback
    The popularity of cinema and cinema-going in Scotland was exceptional. Focusing on the social experience of cinema and cinema-going, this edited collection provides a detailed context for the history of early cinema in Scotland, from its inception in 1896 until the arrival of sound in the early 1930s. Tracing the movement from travelling exhibitions and shows in varied venues to the establishment of purpose-built cinemas in major cities and small towns across the country, the book examines attempts to establish a sustainable feature film production sector, and the significance of an imaginary version of Scotland in international cinema. With case studies of key productions like Rob Roy (1911), early cinema in small towns like Bo'ness, Lerwick, Campbeltown and Oban, and experiments in the municipal provision of cinema as well as of the employment patterns in Scottish cinemas, this volume also includes the most complete account of Scottish-themed films produced in Scotland, England, Europe and the USA from 1896 to 1927.
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  • Cinema-Monde

    Michael Gott

    Product Code: BZILC
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    The first book devoted to a wide-ranging study of developments in global French-language cinema, from Quebec to Mauritania and from Belgium to Cambodia, Cin ma-monde picks up on the lively scholarly debates generated by the related topic of litt rature-monde. Extending the scope of this debate to cover the thriving and diverse area of international French-language cinema, this innovative book also considers cinema from France within the context of global production. With contributions from an international range of specialists, and with considerations of works by contemporary directors like Rachid Bouchareb, Abderrahmane Sissako and Rithy Panh, Cin ma-monde explores the porous borders around francophone spaces and the ways in which languages and identities 'travel' in contemporary cinema.
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  • The Making and Unmaking of Francoist Kitsch Cinema

    Alejandro Yarza

    Product Code: BZILB
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    In fascist Spain, Francoism - like German and Italian fascism - produced its own particular brand of kitsch. Deploying religious and historical iconography drawn from Spain's centuries-long struggle against Islam, Francoist ideologues created a kitsch interpretation of Spain's historical past designed to replace more complex and nuanced accounts, where religious and historical iconography combined with kitsch aesthetics to project a picturesque, clich d image of Spain. The ultimate goal of this vast production of Francoist kitsch was to produce a submissive subject who, by identifying with Francoist aesthetics, would identify with state ideology. This book engages with the making and unmaking of Francoist kitsch aesthetics through the analysis of Spanish cinema. It examines five highly influential Francoist films produced from 1938 until 1964 and three later films by critically acclaimed directors Luis Bu uel, Guillermo del Toro, and Alex de la Iglesia that attempt to undermine Francoist aesthetics by re-imagining its visual and narrative clich s.
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  • Hong Kong Horror Cinema

    Gary Bettinson

    Product Code: BZIKW
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    Dumplings stuffed with diabolical fillings. Sword-wielding zombies. Hopping cadavers. Big-head babies. For decades, Hong Kong cinema has served up images of horror quite unlike those found in other parts of the world. In seminal films such as A Chinese Ghost Story, Rouge, The Eye, Dumplings, and Rigor Mortis, the region's filmmakers have pushed the boundaries of genre, cinematic style, and bad taste. But what makes Hong Kong horror cinema so utterly unique? Why does it hold such fascination for "serious" cinephiles and cult fans alike? Hong Kong Horror Cinema is the first English-language study of this delirious and captivating cinematic tradition, offering new insights into the history of Hong Kong horror through case studies of classic films and through a detailed consideration of their aesthetic power, economic significance, and cultural impact in both the global and domestic market.
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  • Tanaka Kinuyo

    Irene Gonzalez-Lopez

    Product Code: BZIKE
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    Bringing together a range of Japanese and western scholars, this is the first book in English dedicated to the actress and director Tanaka Kinuyo. Praised as amongst the greatest actors in the history of Japanese cinema, Tanaka's career spanned the industrial development of cinema - from silent to sound, monochrome to colour. Alongside featuring in films by Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse and Kurosawa, Tanaka was also the only Japanese woman filmmaker between 1953 and 1962, and her films tackled distinctly feminine topics such as prostitution and breast cancer. Her career overlapped with a transformative period in Japanese history, and this close analysis of her fascinating life and work offers new perspectives, subjectivities and modes of analysis for the classical era of Japanese cinema.
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  • Female Agency and Documentary Strategies

    Boel Ulfsdotter

    Product Code: BZIKB
    Paperback
    This book, like its twin volume Female Authorship and the Documentary Image, centres on pressing issues in relation to female authorship in contemporary documentary practices. Addressing the politics of representation and authorship both behind and in front of the camera, a range of international scholars now expand the theoretical and practical framework informing the current scholarship on documentary cinema, which has so far neglected questions of gender. Female Agency and Documentary Strategies centres on how self-portraiture and contemporary documentary manifestations such as blogging and the prevalent usage of social media shape and inform female subjectivities and claims to truth. The book examines the scope of authorship and agency open to women using these technologies as a form of activism, centring on notions of relationality, selfhood and subjectivity, and includes interviews with Hong Kong based activist filmmaker and scholar Vivian Wenli Lin and Spanish documentarist Mercedes Alvarez.
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  • Short Films from a Small Nation

    C. Claire Thomson

    Product Code: BZIIS
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    For three decades, state-sponsored short filmmaking educated Danish citizens, promoted Denmark to the world, and shaped the careers of renowned directors like Carl Th. Dreyer. The first book-length study in English of a national corpus of state-sponsored informational film, this book traces how Danish shorts on topics including social welfare, industry, art and architecture were commissioned, funded, produced and reviewed from the inter-war period to the 1960s. Examining the life cycle of a representative selection of films, and discussing their preservation and mediation in the digital age, this book presents a detailed case study of how informational cinema is shaped by, and indeed shapes, its cultural, political and technological contexts.
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  • Close-Up

    Murray Pomerance

    Product Code: BZIIN
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    This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force. This second volume focuses on international cinema, and includes case studies of key performances from actors like Ingrid Bergman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Nikolai Cherkassov, Alec Guinness, Setsuko Hara, Isabelle Huppert, Peter Lorre, Madhubala, Anna Magnani, Toshir Mifune, and Choi Min Sik, amongst many others. Contributors: Ulka Anjaria (Brandeis University), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), Hye Seung Chung (Colorado State University), Corey K. Creekmur (University of Iowa), Adrian Danks (RMIT University, Melbourne), Nick Davis (Northwestern University), David Desser (University of Illinois), David Scott Diffrient (Colorado State University), Victoria Duckett (Deakin University, Melbourne), Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland), Alexia Kannas (RMIT University, Melbourne), Marcia Landy (University of Pittsburgh), Gina Marchetti (Independent Scholar), Douglas McFarland (Flagler College, Saint Augustine), Adrienne L. McLean (University of Texas at Dallas), Jerry Mosher (California State University, Long Beach), Karla Oeler (Stanford University), R. Barton Palmer (Clemson University), Homer B. Pettey (University of Arizona), Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), Sergio Rigoletto (University of Oregon), Kyle Stevens (Appalachian State University), Aaron Taylor (University of Lethbridge), Alison Taylor (Bond University, Queensland), Dolores Tierney (University of Sussex), Noah Tsika (Queens College, City University of New York), Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo)
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  • James Benning's Environments

    Nikolaj Lubecker

    Product Code: BZIIL
    Paperback
    For more than forty years, the experimental filmmaker James Benning has been engaged in a systematic investigation of the relations between man, landscape, and the filmic medium, and during the last decade it has become increasingly clear how much these investigations have to offer to contemporary debates about ecology, the age of the anthropocene and the potentialities of new digital technologies. In James Benning's Environments a range of international scholars highlight the thematic and formal coherence of Benning's practice, whilst providing readers with an artistic and historical context to understand his experimental film work. The volume offers a number of interpretative frameworks drawing on film theory, environmental humanities, visual culture and philosophy, explaining why Benning has emerged as one of today's essential filmmakers.
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  • Beyond Eastern Noir

    Anna Estera Mrozewicz

    Product Code: BZIIK
    Paperback
    Addressing representations of Russia and neighbouring Eastern Europe in post-1989 Nordic cinemas, this ground-breaking book investigates their hitherto overlooked transnational dimension. Departing from the dark stereotypes that characterise much of 'Eastern noir', the book presents Russia and Eastern Europe as imagined spaces depicted with a surprisingly rich, but previously neglected cinematic diversity. Cross-disciplinary in its approach, and utilising in-depth case studies of feature films, documentaries and television dramas, such as Lilya 4-ever, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and Occupied, the book presents a variety of perspectives on Russia and Eastern Europe found in the Nordic audiovisual imagination and considers how increasingly transnational affinities have led to a reimagining of Norden's eastern neighbours in contemporary Nordic films.
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  • Close-Up

    Murray Pomerance

    Product Code: BZIIJ
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    This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force. This volume focuses on American cinema, including case studies of key performances from actors like Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Whoopi Goldberg, Cary Grant, Oscar Isaac, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sellers, Kristen Stewart, and Ethel Waters, amongst many others. Contributors: Brenda Austin-Smith (University of Manitoba), Rebecca Bell-Metereau (Texas State University), Charles Ram rez Berg (University of Texas at Austin), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), John Bruns (College of Charleston), Alex Clayton (University of Bristol), Shonni Enelow (Fordham University), Anna Everett (University of California, Santa Barbara), Lucy Fischer (University of Pittsburgh), Lester D. Friedman (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Frances Gateward (California State University Northridge), David Greven (University of South Carolina), Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland), Elliott Logan (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Douglas McFarland (Flagler College, Saint Augustine), Adrienne L. McLean (University of Texas at Dallas), R. Barton Palmer (Clemson University), Homer B. Pettey (University of Arizona), Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), William Rothman (University of Miami), Steven Rybin (Minnesota State University, Mankato), Kyle Stevens (Appalachian State University), George Toles (University of Manitoba), Daniel Varndell (University of Winchester), Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo), Rick Warner (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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  • Cinematic Nihilism

    John Marmysz

    Product Code: BZGCY
    Paperback
    Exposing and illustrating how an ongoing engagement with nihilistic alienation may contribute to, rather than detract from, the value of life, Cinematic Nihilism both challenges and builds upon past scholarship that has scrutinised nihilism in the media, but which has generally over-emphasised its negative and destructive aspects. Through case studies of popular films, including Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, Dawn of the Dead and The Human Centipede, and with chapters on Scotland's cinematic portrayal as both a site of 'nihilistic sacrifice' and as 'nowhere in particular', this book presents a necessary corrective, re-emphasising the constructive potential of cinematic nihilism and casting it as a phenomenon that need not be overcome.
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