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Some of My Favorite Books on Film

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Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film
Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film
"Biographies and filmographies (with emphasis on their noir films, of course) of fifty actresses who were featured  in crime films in the 1940s."
A History of the French New Wave Cinema (Wisconsin Studies in Film)
A History of the French New Wave Cinema (Wisconsin Studies in Film)
"Everything you wanted to know about the French New Wave (small budget movies by new directors, most of them former film critics from 1958 to the mid sixties) Very comprehensive but easy to read. Essential."
Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism
Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism
Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present
Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present
"A very good overview and a great book to start learning about Italian movies."
Fellinis Films (Twayne's Filmmakers)
Fellinis Films (Twayne's Filmmakers)
"He focuses mainly on Fellini's post La Dolce Vita output, but he does a really fine job of explaining the man's genius. Fellini's creative method and themes are explored in depth down to shot composition."
English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema
English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema
"If you are a fan of British horror films, particularly those from 1958 to 1975, you will want this book. it's like an encyclopedia with each film getting it's own entry. Lots of good production stills as well."
The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror; Revised Edition with a New Afterword
The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror; Revised Edition with a New Afterword
"This is a very enjoyable over view of the American horror movie from beginning to present with emphasis on the cultural influences on and from the films."
Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute
Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute
"The title says it all"
The Celluloid Muse : Hollywood Directors Speak
The Celluloid Muse : Hollywood Directors Speak
"More conversations with great directors from Hollywood's golden age, done in the late sixties."