|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)
- PART ONE: CRITICISM
- 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.
Caroline Bainbridge, ‘Introduction’, A Feminine Cinematics: Luce Irigaray, Women and Film (2008) (16 free pages) Book info.
- Emma Bell, ‘Introduction’, Reading Management and Organization in Film (2008) (16 free pages) Book info.
- Peter Brooker, ‘American Modernists in Modern London’, Modernity and Metropolis: Writing, Film and Urban Formations (2001) (39 free pages) Book info.
- James Chapman, Mark Glancy and Sue Harper (eds), ‘Introduction’, The New Film History (2007) (24 free pages) Book info.
- Dennis Denisoff,, ‘Introduction: Unsightly Desires’ Sexual Visuality From Literature To Film 1850-1950 (2004) (24 free pages) Book info.
K.J. Donnelly, ‘Introduction’, British Film Music and Film Musicals (2007) (22 free pages) Book info.
- Reena Dube, ‘The Discourse of Colonial Enterprise and Its Representation of the Other Through the Expanded Cultural Critique’, Satyajit Ray’s The Chess Players and Post Colonial Film Theory: Postcolonialism and Film Theory (2005) (46 free pages) Book info.
- Richard Dyer, ‘Tales of Plagiarism And Pastiche’, Nino Rota: Music, Film and Feeling (2010) (27 free pages) Book info.
- Robert Eaglestone and Barry Langford (eds), ‘Introduction’, Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film (2007) (20 free pages) Book info.
- Thomas S. Freeman, ‘Introduction: It’s Only a Movie’, in Susan Doran and Thomas Freeman (eds), Tudors and Stuarts on Film: Historical Perspectives (2008) (41 free pages) Book info.
- Roberta Garrett, ‘Postmodernism, New Hollywood and Women’s Films’, Postmodern Chick Flicks: The Return of the Woman’s Film (2007) (49 free pages) Book info.
- Greg Giesekam, ‘Introduction: Contamination or Remediation?’, Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Video in Theatre (2007) (31 free pages) Book info.
- Kristyn Gorton, ‘Theorising Desire’, Theorising Desire: From Freud to Feminism to Film (2008) (40 free pages) Book info.
- Julie Grossman, Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir: Ready for Her Close-Up (2009) (22 free pages) Book info.
Stephen Keane, ‘Screens’, CineTech: Film, Convergence and New Media (2006) (30 free pages) Book info.
- Maurice Hindle, ‘Introduction’, Studying Shakespeare on Film (2007) (19 free pages) Book info.
- Nick Lacey, [various sections], Introduction to Film Studies (2004) (52 free pages) Book info. Companion website
- Michael O’Pray, ‘Representation, Depiction and Portrayal in Film’ Film, Form and Phantasy: Adrian Stokes and Film Aesthetics (2004) (32 free pages) Book info.
- Adrian Schober, Possessed Child Narratives in Literature and Film: Contrary States (2004) (49 free pages) Book info.
- Sharon Lin Tay, ‘On the Edges of the Authorial Voice: Liv Ullmann’s Faithless, Gendered Authorship, and Ingmar Bergman’, Women on the Edge: Twelve Political Film Practices (2009) (25 free pages) Book info.