Book Reviews

Film & History strives to publish timely, insightful reviews of scholarly books on film and history, broadly conceived. If a book on the list below catches your scholarly interest, please consider reviewing it for us.

Reviews should be between 500 and 1500 words, and offer a critical assessment of the book’s value to scholars as well as an overview of its contents. Reviews may be submitted in any format, but are subject to editing to fit Film & History‘s house style. Film & History will consider unsolicited reviews for publication, provided they meet the journal’s standards for length, style, and content.

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Books Available for Review in Film & History (January 1, 2019)


1968 and Global CinemaChristina Gerhardt and Sara SaljoughiWayne State University Press2018
A Companion to Italian CinemaFrank BurkeJohn Wiley & Sons2017
Acting for the Silent ScreenChris O’RourkeI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2017
All That JazzEthan MorddenOxford University Press2018
All-American TV Crime DramaSujata Moorti and Lisa CuklanzI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2017
American ObscurantismPeter LurieOxford University Press2018
Anne BancroftDouglas K. DanielUniversity Press of Kentucky2017
ArchiveologyCatherine RussellDuke University Press2018
Argentine Cinema and National Identity 1966-1976Carolina RochaLiverpool University Press2017
Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in FilmRoy M. AnkerWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.2017
Becoming AFIJean Picker Firstenberg and James HindmanSanta Monica Press2017
Beyond MethodScott BalcerzakWayne State University Press2018
Big DealKevin WinklerOxford University Press2018
Bodies in SuspenseAlanna ThainUniversity of Minnesota Press2017
Books to FilmBarry Keith GrantGale2018
Brechtain CinemasNenad JovanovicSUNY Press2017
Bright SignalsSusan MurrayDuke University Press2018
Celluloid ChainsRudyard J. Alcocer, Kristen Block and Dawn DukeThe University of Tennessee Press2018
Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter DaysFred GoodwinsRowman & Littlefield2017
Cinema Against DoublethinkDavid Martin-JonesRoutledge2019
Cinematic CryptonymiesOfer EliazWayne State University Press2018
Cinematic/Politics/PhilosophyNico BaumbachColumbia University Press2019
Compact CinematicsPepita Hesselberth and Maria PoulakiBloomsbury Publishing2017
Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays & Manuscripts (Collected Works of James Agee)Charles MalandThe University of Tennessee Press2017
Concrete and CountrysideCarmelo EsterrichUniversity of Pittsburgh Press2018
Conflicting MasculinitiesKatherine Byrne, James Leggott and Julie Anne TaddeoI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2018
Connecting The Wire: Race, Space, and Postindustrial BaltimoreStanley CorkinUniversity of Texas Press2017
Contemporary French CinemaAlan Singerman and Michèle BissièreHackett Publishing Company2018
Cormac McCarthy and PerformanceStacey PeeblesUniversity of Texas Press2017
Cosmopolitan CinemaFelicia ChanI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2017
Cosmopolitan Film Cultures in Latin America 1896-1960Rielle Navitski and Nicolas PoppeIndiana University Press2017
Creating Interior AtmosphereJean WhiteheadBloomsbury Publishing2018
Critical MassSteven UngarUniversity of Minnesota Press2018
Deep RedAlexia KannasWallflower Press2017
Derek Jarman’s Medieval ModernRobert MillsD.S. Brewer2018
Double Visions, Double FictionsBaryon Tensor PosadasUniversity of Minnesota Press2018
Dying in Full DetailJennifer MalkowskiDuke University Press2017
Early Cinema in AsiaNick DeocampoIndiana University Press2017
Einstein On PaperNaum KleimanThames & Hudson2017
Enduring ImagesMorgan AdamsonUniversity of Minnesota Press2018
Everybody Sing!Esther M. Morgan-EllisThe University of Georgia Press2018
Exception TakenJonathan BuchsbaumColumbia University Press2017
Existential ThreatsLisa VoxUniversity of Pennsylvania Press2017
Fade In, CrossroadsRobert JacksonOxford University Press2017
Film BodiesKatharina LindnerI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2018
Film CensorshipSheri Chinen BiesenWallflower Press2018
Film Is Like A BattlegroundMarsha GordonOxford University Press2017
Film Museum Practice and Film HistoriographyBregt LamerisAmsterdam University Press2017
Film NoirIan BrookesBloomsbury Publishing2017
Film Noir Light and ShadowAlain Silver and James UrsiniApplause Books2017
Film, Fashion, and the 1960’sEugenia Paulicelli, Drake Stutesman and Louise WallenbergIndiana University Press2017
Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis van GasterenPatricia PistersAmsterdam University Press2017
Foucault At The MoviesMichael Foucault, Patrice Maniglier, Dork ZabunyanColumbia University Press2018
Free and Easy? A Defining History of the American Film Musical GenreSean GriffinWiley Blackwell2018
FrenzyIan CooperAuteur Publishing2018
Futuristic CinemaRossella CataneseAmsterdam University Press2018
Gender and Austerity in Popular CultureHelen Davies and Claire O’CallaghanI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2017
Gender and Sexuality in East German FilmKyle Frackman and Faye StewartCamden House2018
Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare QueensStephen PimpareOxford University Press2017
Going ViralDahlia SchweitzerRutgers University Press2018
Grasping ShadowsWilliam Chapman SharpeOxford University Press2017
Habsburg’s Last WarHannes LeidingerUniversity of New Orleans Press2018
Hard-Boiled HollywoodJon LewisUniversity of California Press2017
He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene KellyCynthia Brideson and Sara BridesonUniversity Press of Kentucky2017
History Comes AliveM.J. Rymsza-PawlowskaUniversity of North Carolina Press2017
Hitchcock’s Moral GazeR. Barton Palmer, Homer Pettey, Steven M. SandersSUNY Press2017
Hitler and Film: The Fuhrer’s Hidden PassionBill NivenYale University Press2018
Hollywood AestheticTodd BerlinerOxford University Press2017
Hollywood Enlists!Ralph DonaldRowman & Littlefield2017
Hollywood HarmonyFrank LehmanOxford University Press2018
Hollywood In San FranciscoJoshua GleichUniversity of Texas Press2018
Hollywood Math And AftermathJ.D. ConnorBloomsbury Publishing2018
Hollywood Royalty: A Family In FilmsPat Silver-LaskyBearManor Media2017
Hollywood’s Hawaii: Race, Nation, and WarDelia Malia Caparoso KonzettRutgers University Press2017
Hollywood’s SpiesLaura B. RosenzweigNew York University Press2017
Homo CinematicsAndreas KillenUniversity of Pennsylvania Press2017
Hooked on HollywoodLeonard MaltinGoodKnight Books2018
How the Essay Film ThinksLaura RascaroliOxford University Press2017
i-docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive DocumentaryJudith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy RoseWallflower Press2017
Images of Occupation in Dutch FilmWendy BurkeAmsterdam University Press2017
Imperial AffectsJonna EagleRutgers University Press2017
Imperial BenevolenceScott Laderman and Tim GruenewaldUniversity of California Press2018
Ingmar Bergman’s Face To FaceMichael TapperWallflower Press2017
Interpreting AnimeChristopher BoltonUniversity of Minnesota Press2018
Ishiro HondaSteve Ryfle and Ed GodziszewskiWesleyan University Press2017
J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Duel For Media Master of the UniverseWendy SterbaRowman & Littlefield2017
Jack LordSylvia D. LynchMcFarland & Company, Inc.2018
James Friedrich and Cathedral FilmsKenneth SuitLexington Books2018
Jazz and CocktailsJans B. WagerUniversity of Texas Press2017
Jolted ImagesPavle LeviAmsterdam University Press2017
Lars Von Trier’s WomenRex Butler and David DennyBloomsbury Publishing2017
Late WesternsLee Clark MitchellUniversity of Nebraska Press2018
Latin American Women FilmmakersDeborah Martin and Deborah ShawI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2017
Lewd LooksElena GorfinkelUniversity of Minnesota Press2017
Liberating HollywoodMaya Montañez SmuklerRutgers University Press2019
Live Cinema And Its TechniquesFrancis Ford CoppolaLiveright Publishing Corp.2017
Locating the Voice in FilmTom Whittaker and Sarah WrightOxford University Press2017
Los Angeles DocumentaryJoshua GlickUniversity of California Press2018
Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American CinemaStephen SharotPalgrave Macmillan2017
Main Street MoviesMartin L. JohnsonIndiana University Press2018
Making BelieveLisa BodeRutgers University Press2017
Media Theory in JapanMarc Steinberg and Alexander ZahltenDuke University Press2017
Mel Brooks FAQDale ShermanApplause Books2018
Melodrama UnboundChristine Gledhill and Linda WilliamsColumbia University Press2018
Metalepsis in AnimationErwin FeyersingerUniversitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg2017
Mock ClassicismNilo CouretUniversity of California Press2018
Morta Las VegasNathaniel Lewis and Stephen TatumUniversity of Nebraska Press2017
Movement Action Image MontageLuka ArsenjukUniversity of Minnesota Press2018
Movement As Meaning In Experimental CinemaDaniel BarnettBloomsbury Publishing2017
Movie ComicsBlair DavisRutgers University Press2017
Moving Pictures, Still LivesJames TweedieOxford University Press2018
Mythopoetic CinemaKriss Ravetto-BiagioliColumbia University Press2017
Napoli/New York/Hollywood: Film Between Italy And The United StatesGiuliana MuscioFordham University Press2019
Native ApparitionsSteve Pavlik, M. Elise Marubbio and Tom HolmThe University of Arizona Press2017
No End In SightAnna KrakusUniversity of Pittsburgh Press2018
Nobody’s Girl FridayJ.E. SmythOxford University Press2018
Not Your Average ZombieChera KeeUniversity of Texas Press2017
Off The PageDaniel Bernardi and Julian HoxterUniversity of California Press2017
On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy WilderEd SikovUniversity Press of Mississippi2017
Palestinian Cinema In The Days Of RevolutionNadia YaqubUniversity of Texas Press2018
Passionate RevolutionsTalitha EspirituOhio University Press2017
People Only Die Of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim RidleySteve HaruchVanderbilt University Press2018
Perpetual CarnivalColin MacCabeOxford University Press2017
Please EveryoneJeffrey KnappOxford University Press2017
Pola Negri: The Hollywood YearsTony VilleccoCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform2017
Poland DailyEwa MazierskaBerghahn Books2017
Politics, Hollywood StyleJohn HeyrmanLexington Books2018
Popular Tropes of Identity in Contemporary Russian Television and FilmIrina SouchBloomsbury Publishing2017
Posthumous ImagesChad EliasDuke University Press2018
Prison MoviesKevin KehrwaldWallflower Press2017
Producer of ControversyJennifer FrostUniversity Press of Kansas2017
Promises of CitizenshipKathleen M. GermanUniversity Press of Mississippi2017
Public Spectacles of ViolenceRielle NavitskiDuke University Press2017
Queer MexicoPaul Julian SmithWayne State University Press2017
Quick Takes: New African CinemaValerie K. OrlandoRutgers University Press2017
Race And The Revolutionary Impulse In The Spook Who Sat By The DoorMichael T. Martin, David C. Wall and Marilyn YaquintoIndiana University Press2018
Real DeceptionsJennifer FriedlanderOxford University Press2017
Real Sex FilmsJohn Tulloch and Belinda MiddleweekOxford University Press2017
Realism in Greek CinemaVrasidas KaralisI.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.2017
Rebel VideoHeinz NiggScheidegger & Spiess2017
Reconstructing StrangeloveMick BroderickWallflower Press2017
Red Hot MamaLauren Rebecca SklaroffUniversity of Texas Press2018
Refocus: The Films of Budd BoetticherGary D. Rhodes and Robert SingerEdinburgh University Press2017
Religion and FilmS. Brent PlateColumbia University Press2017
Reorienting OzuJinhee ChoiOxford University Press2018
Repertory Movie Theaters of New York CityBen DavisMcFarland & Company, Inc.2017
Representing Ethnicity in Contemporary French Visual CultureJoseph McGonagleManchester University Press2017
Resistance, Heroism, LossThomas Cragin and Laura A. SalsiniFairleigh Dickinson University Press2018
Re-Viewing The PastSean D. O’ReillyBloomsbury Publishing2018
Robin Wood On The Horror FilmBarry Keith GrantWayne State University Press2018
ScenariosWerner HerzogUniversity of Minnesota Press2017
Scenarios IIWerner HerzogUniversity of Minnesota Press2018
Science Fiction Cinema and 1950’s BritainMatthew JonesBloomsbury Publishing2018
Screen StoriesCarl PlantingaOxford University Press2018
Screened EncountersCaroline MoineBerghahn Books2018
Screening The Red Army FactionChristina GerhardtBloomsbury Publishing2018
Seduced by Mrs. RobinsonBeverly GrayAlgonquin Books2017
Sensuous CinemaKaya Davies HayonBloomsbury Publishing2018
Shakespearean StarJennifer BarnesCambridge University Press2017
Show TrialThomas DohertyColumbia University Press2018
Silent Films in St. AugustineThomas GrahamUniversity Press of Florida2017
Silver Screen Hasidic JewsShaina HammermanIndiana University Press2018
Sofia CoppolaAnna Backman RogersBerghahn Books2019
Spectacle of PropertyJohn David RhodesUniversity of Minnesota Press2017
Specters of Slapstick & Silent Film ComediennesMaggie HennefeldColumbia University Press2018
Split Screen NationSusan CourtneyOxford University Press2017
Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980-1990Jerry WhiteWilfrid Laurier University Press2018
Stanley KubrickNathan AbramsRutgers University Press2018
Stories Make the WorldStephen MostBerghahn Books2017
Studying IdaSheila SkaffAuteur Publishing2018
Studying Waltz with BashirGiulia MillerAuteur Publishing2017
Sweet and LowdownLloyd MichalesWallflower Press2017
T2 TrainspottingIrvine WelshW.W. Norton & Company2017
Technology and Film Scholarship Experience, Study, TheorySantiago HidalgoAmsterdam University Press2018
Telling Migrant StoriesEsteban E. Loustaunau and Lauren E. ShawUniversity of Florida Press2018
That Was Entertainment: The Golden Age of the MGM MusicalBernard F. DickUniversity Press of Mississippi2018
The Act of DocumentingBrian Winston, Gail Vanstone, Wang ChiBloomsbury Publishing2017
The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter: First and Final ScreenplaysJeffrey CouchmanUniversity of Tennessee Press2017
The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia KazanRon BrileyRowman & Littlefield2017
The Apartment ComplexPamela Robertson WojcikDuke University Press2018
The Art of Selling MoviesJohn McElweeGoodKnight Books2017
The Arts of CinemaMartin SeelCornell University Press2018
The Berlin School And Its Global ContextsMarco Abel and Jaimey FisherWayne State University Press2018
The Best Laid PlansJeannette Sloniowski and Jim LeachWayne State University Press2017
The Body and the ScreenKate InceBloomsbury Publishing2017
The Cinema of Hal HartleySteven RybinWallflower Press2017
The Cinema of Louis MallePhilippe MetWallflower Press2018
The Cinema of Ozu YasujiroWoojeong JooEdinburgh University Press2017
The Cinema of Tom DiCilloWayne ByrneWallflower Press2017
The End of Japanese CinemaAlexander ZahltenDuke University Press2017
The Extraordinary ImageRobert P. KolkerRutgers University Press2017
The Face On FilmNoa SteimatskyOxford University Press2017
The Films of Bill MorrisonBernd HerzogenrathAmsterdam University Press2018
The Films of Clint EastwoodMatt Wanat and Leonard EngelUniversity of New Mexico Press2018
The Films of Jess FrancoAntonio Lázaro-Reboll and Ian OlneyWayne State University Press2018
The Hell of War Comes HomeOwen W. Gilman Jr.University Press of Mississippi2018
The Hollywood RenaissancePeter Kramer and Yannis TzioumakisBloomsbury Publishing2018
The Invention of Robert BressonColin BurnettIndiana University Press2017
The KillingJohn AlbertiWayne State University Press2017
The Kinetoscope:  A British HistoryRichard Brown & Barry AnthonyJohn Libbey Publishing Ltd.2017
The Limits of AuteurismNicholas GodfreyRutgers University Press2018
The Lost JungleGuy BarefootUniversity of Exeter Press2017
The Man From The Third RowFredrik GustafssonBerghahn Books2017
The Man Who Made The MoviesVanda KrefftHarper Collins Publishers2017
The Optical VacuumJocelyn Szczepaniak-GilleceOxford University Press2018
The Philosophy of Christopher NolanJason T. Eberl and George A. DunnLexington Books2017
The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950’sRobert MiklitschUniversity of Illinois Press2017
The Romanian Cinema of NationalismOnoriu ColăcelMcFarland & Company, Inc.2018
The Semiotics of Light and ShadowsPiotr SadowskiBloomsbury Publishing2018
The ShiningK.J. DonnellyWallflower Press2018
The Silence of the Lambs: Critical Essays on a Cannibal, Clarice, and a Nice ChiantiCynthia J. MillerRowman & Littlefield2017
The Sound of Things To ComeTrace ReddellUniversity of Minnesota Press2018
The Techne of GivingTimothy C. CampbellFordham University Press2017
The Voice of TechnologyLilya KaganovskyIndiana University Press2018
Tony Soprano’s AmericaM. Keith Booker and Isra DaraisehRowman & Littlefield2017
Transcendental Style in FilmPaul SchraderUniversity of California Press2018
Transforming HarryJohn Alberti, P.Andrew MillerWayne State University Press2018
Trash CinemaGuy BarefootWallflower Press2017
Traumatic ImprintsNoah TsikaUniversity of California Press2018
Tropical TravelsLisa ShawUniversity of Texas Press2018
Understanding Kubrick’s 2001 a space odysseyJames FenwickIntellect2018
Utopian TelevisionMichael CramerUniversity of Minnesota Press2017
Violence and Open SpacesStefanie Mueller, Christa Buschendorf, Katja SarkowskyUniversitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg2017
Violence in the Films of Alfred HitchcockDavid HumbertMichigan State University Press2017
Voice of GloryThomas E. DouglassThe University of Tennessee Press2017
Watch It!Ingrid HaideggerUniversitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg2017
Werner SchroeterRoy GrundmannFilm Museum Synema Publication2018
What’s Eating You?Cynthia J. Miller & A. Bowdoin Van RiperBloomsbury Publishing2017
Why Harry Met SallyJoshua Louis MossUniversity of Texas Press2017
Woke HorrorKyna B. MorganMacBain and Boyd2018
Writing on the EdgeJohannes MahlknechtUniversitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg2017
You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ YetJames Bawden and Ron MillerUniversity Press of Kentucky2017