Screen Studies - BFI Film Studies Collection

BFI Film Studies

The BFI is a cultural charity, and the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image.

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BFI Film Studies brings together a rich body of titles from BFI Publishing’s pre-eminent and foundational list of books on film history, theory, national cinemas, genres, film-makers, and stars. It includes titles published in the BFI Screen Guides, World Directors, Film Stars, BFI Silver and International Screen Industries series, as well as essential companions to film studies such as Pam Cook’s The Cinema Book.

Explore these handpicked highlights, including authoritative overviews, archivally-based cinema histories, landmark works by filmmakers and critics, analyses of film theory and more:

  • On Kubrick: In a comprehensively revised and updated new edition, James Naremore provides an illuminating critical account of the films of Stanley Kubrick, from his earliest feature, Fear and Desire (1953), to the posthumously-produced A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001).
  • Signs and Meaning in the Cinema: Read Peter Wollen’s discussion of auteur theory in this foundational work, the first to bring ideas from semiotics and post-structuralism to bear on film analysis.
  • The Cinema Book: The ultimate guide to cinema. This edition features a wealth of in-depth case studies and exciting new sections addressing Hollywood and other World cinema histories, key genres in both fiction and non-fiction film, issues such as stars, technology and authorship, and major theoretical approaches to understanding film.
  • East Asian Screen Industries: East Asian Screen Industries is a guide to the film industries of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the PRC. The authors examine how local production has responded to global trends and explore the effects of widespread de-regulation and China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation.
  • The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger: Delving into their magical and obsessive worlds, this lavishly–illustrated publication presents fresh perspectives on the filmmaking duo, shining the spotlight not only on them, but also on their circle of talented collaborators.
  • Madhuri Dixit: A wide-ranging account of the Indian film star, one of the most popular actresses of Hindi cinema. Nandana Bose's study traces Dixit's twenty-five year career, exploring her star persona, her indelible impact on Indian popular culture, and her continuing popularity even in middle age.

About the British Film Institute

The BFI is a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK‘s lead organisation for film and the moving image. The BFI believes society needs stories. Film, television and the moving image bring them to life, helping us to connect and understand each other better. The BFI shares the stories of yesterday, searches for the stories of today, and shapes the stories of tomorrow.

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About BFI Publishing

The BFI’s publishing imprint features an unrivalled range of books for film enthusiasts, scholars, students and practitioners, written by leading scholars and critics of cinema history and culture.

Screen Studies offers digitised, searchable access to an acclaimed body of content from the BFI Publishing list, with two dedicated collections available for separate purchase.