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  • 17.1 : 2008 : Dudley Andrew and Steven Ungar. Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2005, 464 pp. reviewed by Charles O'Brien
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  • 17.1 : 2008 : Robert Casillo. Gangster Priest: The Italian American Cinema of Martin Scorsese. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006, 600 pp. reviewed by Marc Raymond
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  • 17.1 : 2008 : Thomas Waugh. The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2006, 606 pp. reviewed by Margaret DeRosia
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  • 17.1 : 2008 : The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema Chris Gehman and Steve Reinke, eds. Toronto: YYZ Books and Images Festival/Ottawa: Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2005, 288 pp. reviewed by Jon Davies
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  • 17.1 : 2008 : Zoë Druick. Projecting Canada: Government Policy and Documentary Film at The National Film Board of Canada. Montréal: McGill-Queens University Press, Arts Insights Series, 2007, 244 pp. Malek Khouri. Filming Politics: Communism and the Portrayal of the Working Class at The National Film Board of Canada, 1939–46. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, Cinema Off Centre Series, 2007, 278 pp. reviewed by Michael Brendan Baker
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  • 16.2 : 2007 : Julianne Pidduck. Contemporary Costume Film. London: British Film Institute, 2004, 224 pp. reviewed by Dimitris Eleftheriotis
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  • 16.2 : 2007 : Gary Kibbins. Grammar & Not-Grammar: Selected Scripts and Essays. Andrew J. Paterson, ed. Toronto: YYZ Books, 2006, 256 pp. reviewed by Kenneth White
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  • 16.2 : 2007 : William Guynn. Writing History in Film. New York: Routledge, 2006, 225 pp. reviewed by Michael Meneghetti
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  • 16.2 : 2007 : Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence. Annette Burfoot and Susan Lord, eds. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006, 328 pp. reviewed by Cheryl Simon
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded
    16.2 : 2007 : The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded. Wanda Strauven, ed. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2006, 460 pp. reviewed by Bart Testa
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  • 16.1 : 2007 : George Melnyk. One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004, 361 pp. Caelum Vatnsdal. They Came from Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2004, 256 pp. reviewed by Peter Urquhart
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  • 16.1 : 2007 : Self Portraits: The Cinemas of Canada Since Telefilm. André Loiselle and Tom McSorley, eds. Ottawa: The Canadian Film Institute/Institut Canadien du film, 2006, 343 pp. reviewed by Sylvain Duguay
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  • 16.1 : 2007 : André Loiselle. Le Cinéma de Michel Brault: á l’image d’une nation. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2005, 342 pp. reviewed by Pierre Véronneau
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: Film Festival Fever: Recent Testimonials
    15.2 : 2006 : Kenneth Turan. Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of Calilornia Press, 2002, 180 pp. William Marshall. Film Festival Confidential. Toronto: McArthur and Company, 2006, 115 pp. Queer Film and Video Festival Forum, Take One: Curators Speak Out, Moving Image Review. Chris Straaye and Tom Waugh, eds. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 11:4 (2005): 579–603. reviewed by Ger Zielinski
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  • 15.1 : 2006 : Charles O’Brien. Cinema’s Conversion to Sound Technology and Film Style in France and the U.S. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005, 200 pp. reviewed by John W. Locke
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  • 15.1 : 2006 : Stanley Kubrick Drama and Shadows: Photographs 1945-1950 Rainer Crone, ed. London: Phaidon Press, 2005, 255 pp. reviewed by Phillipe Mather
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  • 15.1 : 2006 : André Loiselle. Stage-Bound: Feature Film Adaptations of Canadian and Québécois Drama. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003, 260 pp. reviewed by Bruce Barton
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  • 15.1 : 2006 : Haidee Wasson. Museum Movies: The Museum of Modern Art and the Birth of Art Cinema. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2005, 314 pp. reviewed by Paul S. Moore
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: The Seen, the Heard, and the Read
    15.1 : 2006 : Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film. Atom Egoyan and Ian Balfour, eds. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press and Alphabet City Media, 2004, 532 pp. reviewed by Nataša Duroviová
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: Film and Religion
    15.1 : 2006 : The Hidden God: Film and Faith. Mary Lea Bandy and Antonio Monda, eds. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2003, 299 pp. Perspectives on The Passion of the Christ: Religious Thinkers and Writers Explore the Issues Raised by the Controversial Movie. New York: Miramax Books, 2004, 299 pp. John W. Martens. The End of the World: The Apocalyptic Imagination. Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford, 2003, 267 pp. John Lyden. Film As Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals. New York: New York University Press, 2003, 287 pp. Gerard Loughlin. Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004, 306 pp. Paul Coates. Cinema, Religion and the Romantic Legacy. Aldershot, England and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing, 203, 217 pp. reviewed by Bart Testa
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  • 14.2 : 2005 : Kevin Rockett. Irish Film Censorship: A Cultural Journey from Silent Cinema to Internet Pornography. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004, 496 pp. reviewed by Brad Kent
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  • 14.2 : 2005 : Movie Mutations: The Changing Face of World Cinephilia. Jonathan Rosenbaum and Adrian Martin, eds. London: British Film Institute, 2003 (distributed in North America by the University of California Press), 224 pp. reviewed by Richard Porton
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  • 14.2 : 2005 : Graham McInnes. One Man’s Documentary: A Memoir of the Early Years of the National Film Board. Gene Walz, ed. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2004, 252 pp. reviewed by Darell Varga
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: Le Cinéma hollywoodien dans une perspective philosophique
    14.2 : 2005 : Stanley Cavell. Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life. Cambridge, MA, and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004, 458 pp. reviewed by Eric Prince
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: Imaginings of and Beyond the Public Sphere
    14.2 : 2005 : Scott MacKenzie. Screening Québec: Québécois Moving Images, National Identity, and the Public Sphere. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004, 240 pp. reviewed by Erin Manning
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  • 14.1 : 2005 : Telling Time: Essays of a Visionary Filmmaker. Bruce McPherson, ed. Kingston, NY: Documentext, McPherson and Company, 2003, 144 pp. reviewed by Brett Kashmere
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  • 13.2 : 2004 : Mike Gasher. Hollywood North: The Feature Film Industry in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002, 176 pp. reviewed by Jennifer VanderBurgh
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  • 13.2 : 2004 : Kay Armatage. The Girl from God’s Country: Nell Shipman and the Silent Cinema. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003, 428 pp. reviewed by JoAnne Stober
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  • 13.2 : 2004 : Charles R. Acland. Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003, 337pp. reviewed by Zoë Druick
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  • 13.2 : 2004 : Jonathan Romney. Atom Egoyan. London: BFI Publishing, 2003, 226 pp. reviewed by Peter Harcourt
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