The films of Elaine May / edited by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Dean Brandum
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
Call No: 81 MAY HEL Author: Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra; Brandum, Dean Place: Edinburgh Publisher: Edinburgh University Press PubDate: 2019 PhysDes: 249 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm. Series: ReFocus Subject: MAY, ELAINE; NEW LEAF, A (US, Elaine May, 1970); MIKEY AND NICKY (US, Elaine May, 1976); ISHTAR (US, Elaine May, 1987) Notes: Includes index ISBN: 9781474440189 Contents: Teenagers on Stage - The Comedy of Elaine May and Mike Nichols, Mark Freeman -- Hollywood Can't Wait: Elaine May and the Delusions of 1970s American Cinema, Maya Montanez Smukler -- Dangerous Business - Elaine May as Existential Improviser, Jake Wilson -- Kneeling on Glass - Elaine May's A New Leaf (1971) as Screwball Black Comedy, Samm Deighan -- "Don't Put A Milky Way in Someone's Mouth When They Don't Want It": A Contemporary Feminist Rereading of Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Clem Bastow -- Mikey and Nicky (1976) -- Elaine May and the Cassavetes Connection, Jeremy Carr -- Cartographies of Catastrophe - Elaine May's Ishtar (1987), Dean Brandum -- In/Significant Gestures - Elaine May, Screen Performance, and Embodied Collaboration, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas -- Otto E. May(zo) - Elaine May's Screenplay of Otto Preminger's Such Good Friends (1971) as Affirmation that Hell is Other People, Paul Jeffery -- Spectral Elaine May - The Later Mike Nichols Collaboratoins and the Myth of the Recluse, Tim O'Farrell -- When in Doubt, Seduce: An Interview with Screenwriter Allie Hagan, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Dean Brandum More info
Found footage horror films : Fear and the appearance of reality / Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company Inc, 2014.
Call No: 735.2 HEL Author: Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra Place: Jefferson, NC Publisher: McFarland & Company Inc PubDate: 2014 PhysDes: 244 p ; 23 cm Subject: HORROR FILMS; HEALTH AND SAFETY FILMS; SNUFF FILMS; REALISM IN FILMS; BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, THE (US, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez, 1999); PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (US, Oren Peli, 2007) Summary: As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror’s amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror’s dark and tantalizing fantasies.
Found Footage Horror Films explores the subgenre’s stylistic, historical and thematic development. It examines the diverse prehistory beyond Man Bites Dog (1992) and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), paying attention to the safety films of the 1960s, the snuff-fictions of the 1970s, and to television reality horror hoaxes and mockumentaries during the 1980s and 1990s in particular. It underscores the importance of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007), and considers YouTube’s popular rise in sparking the subgenre’s recent renaissance. -- publisher's blurb ISBN: 9780786470778 Contents: -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part 1: Expanding the Prehistory: 1938-1998 --
One. Safety Films -- Two. Snuff-Fictions -- Three. Television -- Part 2: A Critical Chronology: 1998-2009 -- Four. Revisiting The Blair Witch Project -- Five. The Vanishing of the Real -- Six. Approaching Paranormal Activity -- Part 3: Further Discoveries: 2007-2013 -- Seven. Exorcism Films --Eight. The Family -- Nine. Nation, History and Identity -- Conclusion: The Specter of Commercialism -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- ID2: 179 More info
MS 45 / Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
New York; Chichester, UK: Wallflower Press published by Columbia University Press, 2017.
Call No: 79 MSF HEL Author: Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra Place: New York; Chichester, UK Publisher: Wallflower Press published by Columbia University Press PubDate: 2017 PhysDes: viii,148 p. : illustrated ; 18 cm Series: Cultographies Subject: MS. 45 (US, Abel Ferrara, 1981); FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; FERRARA, ABEL Summary: Despite its association with the broadly disparaged rape-revenge category, Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 is today considered one of the most significant feminist cult films of the 1980s. Straddling mainstream, arthouse, and exploitation film contexts, Ms. 45 is a potent case study for cult film analysis. At its heart lies two figures: Ferrara himself, and the movie's star, the iconic Zoe Lund, who would further collaborate with Ferrara on later projects such as Bad Lieutenant. This book explores the entwining histories and contexts that led to Ms. 45's creation and helped establish its enduring legacy, particularly in terms of feminist cult film fandom, and the film's status as one of the most important, influential, and powerful rape-revenge films ever made. -- publisher's web site ISBN: 9780231179850 Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Mea Culpa -- 1. Prima facie – Towards Ms. 45 -- 2. Locus delecti – Watching Ms. 45 -- 3. Modus operandi – After Ms. 45 -- 4. Post mortem – Beyond Ms. 45 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index ID2: 298 More info
Rape-revenge films : a critical study / Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland & Company Inc, 2011.
Call No: 722.81 HEL Author: Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra Edition: 2011 Place: Jefferson, North Carolina, and London Publisher: McFarland & Company Inc PubDate: 2011 PhysDes: viii,228 pages : illustrated ; 23 cm Summary: Often considered the lowest depth to which the cinema can plummet, the rape-revenge film has been dismissed as exploitative and sensational, catering to a demented demographic. Only on such rare occasions as Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, John Boorman’s Deliverance and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof has the rape-revenge movie transcended what is commonly assumed to be its intrinsically exploitative nature and moved into the mainstream.
This critical overview reassesses that viewpoint by exploring a variety of themes, as well as the elements that this type of film has in common. The author discusses an array of films directed by noteworthy directors from several countries, demonstrating that diverse and often contradictory treatments of sexual violence can exist simultaneously. -- publisher's web site ISBN: 9780786449613 Contents: Table of Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- One: The Rape-Revenge Film Canon -- Two: The Rape-Revenge Film Across Genres -- Three: The Rape-Revenge Film Around the World -- Four: The Contemporary Rape-Revenge Film -- Afterword -- Filmography -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index More info
Suspiria / Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Leighton Buzzard: Auteur Publishing, 2015.
Call No: 79 SUS HEL Author: Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra, 1974-, (author) Source: UK Place: Leighton Buzzard Publisher: Auteur Publishing PubDate: 2015 PhysDes: 95 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm. Series: Devil's Advocates Subject: SUSPIRIA (IT, Dario Argento, 1977); ARGENTO, DARIO; TOVOLI, LUCIANO Summary: "For its many fans, Suspiria is synonymous with European horror more broadly, and Argento himself is by far the most famous of all the Italian horror directors. This book considers the complex ways that Argento weaves together light, sound and cinema history to construct one of the most breathtaking horrow movies of all time, a film as fascinating as it is ultimately unfathomable." - BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-95) Contents: Introduction: The Secret of the irises -- Chapter One: Magic is everywhere: a pre-history of 'Suspiria' -- Chapter Two: Meet death now: watching 'Suspiria' -- Chapter Three: Hell is behind that door: Reception and legacy -- Notes -- Bibliography. More info
Wonderland : Alice on Screen / Editors: Emma McRae with Alexandra Heller-Nicholas for Senses of Cinema
Port Melbourne, Vic.: Thames and Hudson, ACMI, 2018.
Call No: 757-08 ALI Author: Emma McRae; Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra Edition: 2018 Place: Port Melbourne, Vic. Publisher: Thames and Hudson; ACMI PubDate: 2018 PhysDes: 240 pages : illustrated ; 32 cm Subject: ALICE (SZ/GW/UK, Jan Svankmajor, 1988); NECO Z ALENKY (SZ/GW/UK, Jan Svankmajor, 1988); ALICE IN WONDERLAND (FR/UK, Lou Bunin & Marc Maurette & Dallas Bower, 1949); ALICE IN WONDERLAND (US, Bill Osco, 1975); ALICE IN WONDERLAND (US, Clyde Geronimi & Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske & Brice Mack, 1951); ALICE IN WONDERLAND (US, Irwin Allen, 1985); ALICE IN WONDERLAND (US, Tim Burton, 2010); ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (US, James Bobin, 2016); ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (UK, William Sterling, 1972); ADAPTATIONS; ADAPTATIONS. CARROLL, LEWIS Summary: Since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice has delighted children and adults alike. However, this girl-hero was always destined for life beyond the page.
From silent film to animation, she has been portrayed many times and continues to inspire. Wonderland follows Alice’s journey from page to screen, from 1903’s silent Alice in Wonderland to her first talking film in 1931, to Tim Burton’s recent blockbusters. It celebrates the endurance of Carroll’s stories and characters, and the remarkable technological innovations that have enabled filmmakers to continually reimagine Alice.
Tracing Alice’s evolution on screen, Wonderland is a journey down the rabbit hole and into an enchanted world where expectations are upended and curiosity rewarded. -- publisher's web site Notes: This publication is produced in partnership with Senses of Cinema ISBN: 9780500501177 More info