Friday, 4 March 2011

FILM MOMENTS and other free book excerpts from Palgrave Macmillan and BFI

Image from The Band Wagon ( Vincente Minnelli, 1953) starring Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire (above)

Today, Film Studies For Free celebrates the bountiful, free, Film Studies book samples available for perusal and download at the Palgrave Macmillan website. These may not be the Open Access works this blog normally labours to ferret out and champion. But there have been some astonishingly generous excerpts available online at Palgrave lately, perhaps most notably 72 pages from one of the most exciting of recent film publishing efforts, edited by and with stunning contributions from some brilliant former students, colleagues and friends of FSFF's author: James Walters and Tom Brown's remarkable collection Film Moments: Criticism, History, Theory.

Full contents of the free sample pages are given below, together with numerous other references and links to Palgrave PDFs below those.

If you are in London tomorrow you may like to know that there will be a Film Moments launch event, with some fascinating-looking talks by a number of the contributors to the collection at 2pm at the BFI Southbank (full details here).
  • James Walters and Tom Brown (eds), Film Moments: Criticism, History, Theory (2010) (72 free pages including the chapters below)
    • Preface
    • Shadow Play and Dripping Teat: The Night of the Hunter (1955); Tom Gunning 
    • Between Melodrama and Realism: Under the Skin of the City (2001); Laura Mulvey
    • Internalising the Musical: The Band Wagon (1953); Andrew Klevan 
    • The Visitor's Discarded Clothes in Theorem (1968); Stella Bruzzi
    • Style and Sincerity in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004); James Walters
    • The Moves: Blood (1989); Adrian Martin
    • The Properties of Images: Lust for Life (1956); Steve Neale
    • Two Views Over Water: Action and Absorption in Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957); Ed Gallafent
    • Making an Entrance: Bette Davis's First Appearance in Jezebel (1938); Martin Shingler 
    • A Narrative Parenthesis in Life is Beautiful (1997); Deborah Thomas 
    • The End of Summer: Conte d'été (1996); Jacob Leigh
    • Enter Lisa: Rear Window (1954); Douglas Pye
    • Opening Up The Secret Garden (1993); Susan Smith
    • A Magnified Meeting in Written on the Wind (1956); Steven Peacock
    • 'Everything is connected, and everything matters': Relationships in I [heart] Huckabees (2004); John Gibbs 
    • The Ending of 8 ½ (1963); Richard Dyer 
    • Full book info.

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