Publications

Francesco Casetti

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication Year: 2017
This collection is the first to bring together scholars to explore the ways in which various people and groups in Italian society reacted to the advent of cinema. Looking at the responses of writers, scholars, clergymen, psychologists, philosophers, members of parliament, and more, the pieces collected here from that period show how Italians developed a common language to describe and discuss this invention that quickly exceeded all expectations and transcended existing categories of thought...
Charles Musser

US Presidential Elections of the 1890s

Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Year: 2016
Presidential campaigns of the twenty-first century were not the first to mobilize an array of new media forms in efforts to gain electoral victory. In Politicking and Emergent Media, distinguished historian Charles Musser looks at four US presidential campaigns during the long 1890s (1888–1900) as Republicans and Democrats deployed a variety of media forms to promote their candidates and platforms.
Francesco Casetti

Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Year: 2015
Francesco Casetti believes new media technologies are producing an exciting new era in cinema aesthetics. Whether we experience film in the theater, on our hand-held devices, in galleries and museums, onboard and in flight, or up in the clouds in the bits we download, cinema continues to alter our habits and excite our imaginations.
Dudley Andrew

Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Year: 2014
57 essays by André Bazin on Television, 3D, Cinerama and CinemaScope, collected, translated, annotated, and introduced.
John MacKay

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Year: 2013
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the nineteenth century’s best-selling novel worldwide; only the Bible outsold it. It was known not only as a book but through stage productions, films, music, and commercial advertising as well. But how was Stowe’s novel—one of the watershed works of world literature—actually received outside of the American context? True Songs of Freedom explores one vital sphere of Stowe’s influence: Russia and the Soviet Union, from the...
Brigitte Peucker

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Year: 2012
“A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the first of its kind to engage with this important figure. Twenty-eight essays by an international group of scholars consider this controversial director’s contribution to German cinema, German history, gender studies, and auteurship.
Katerina Clark

Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Year: 2011
Moscow, the Fourth Rome breaches the intellectual iron curtain that has circumscribed cultural histories of Stalinist Russia, by broadening the framework to include considerable interaction with Western intellectuals and trends.  In so doing it provides a new polemical and political context for understanding canonical works of writers such as Brecht, Benjamin, Lukacs, and Bakhtin.  
Aaron Gerow

Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Year: 2010
Japan has done marvelous things with cinema, giving the world the likes of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu. But cinema did not arrive in Japan fully formed at the end of the nineteenth century, nor was it simply adopted into an ages-old culture. Aaron Gerow explores the processes by which film was defined, transformed, and adapted during its first three decades in Japan. He focuses in particular on how one trend in criticism, the Pure Film Movement, changed not only the way films were made, but...
Francesco Casetti

Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Year: 2008
Is it true that film in the twentieth century experimented with vision more than any other art form? And what visions did it privilege? In this brilliant book, acclaimed film scholar Francesco Casetti situates the cinematic experience within discourses of twentieth-century modernity. He suggests that film defined a unique gaze, not only because it recorded many of the century’s most important events, but also because it determined the manner in which they were received.
Millicent Marcus

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication Year: 2007
While the first five decades of the postwar Italian cinematic production furnished relatively little on the subject of the Shoah, recent years have witnessed a surge of Holocaust related films. This study explores the factors behind this development, and provides analyses of works devoted to Fascist anti-Semitism, and the Final Solution for Italy’s Jewish population.