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BFI Publishing in May, June and July

BFI Publishing have announced three new titles for the coming months: The Tales of Hoffman, part of the BFI Film Classics range, will be published on May 31st; 100 Science Fiction Films, the latest addition to their Screen Guides series, arrives on June 28th; and Laura Mulvey’s Fetishism and Curiosity receives its second edition on July 12th. They also have a promotional offer currently active on their website as follows…

Save 30% on a selected range of over 50 books, including BFI Film and TV Classics, Screen Guides on genres including Film Noir and Anime, and studies of key directors, screen industries and hot topics in film studies. Simply use the promotional code WBFISPRING2013a and order online from before 31st July. This offer includes free postage. Take a look at the titles included in this promotion here.


The Tales of Hoffman (1951) is a unique and important film, both in the history of British cinema and in the history of interdisciplinary art-making. It is the first full-throttle presentation of an opera on screen: a Technicolor exploration of romance, fantasy, and failure, more danced than sung, all told without a single spoken word.

WILLIAM P. GERMANO is Professor of English Literature and Dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, USA. He is author of Getting It Published (2nd ed., 2008) and From Dissertation to Book (2005). He is currently writing a book on opera and knowledge.


Since its explosion in the 1950s, science fiction has become one of the most popular film genres, with numerous dedicated fan conventions, academic conferences, websites, magazines, journals, book clubs, memorabilia and collectibles. Once relegated to B budget status, today's science fiction films are often blockbuster productions, featuring major stars.

Despite its high profile, science fiction is notoriously difficult to define. In his introduction to 100 Science Fiction Films, Barry Keith Grant explains the genre's complexities, while also providing an overview of its history, suggesting that the cinema is an ideal medium for conveying the 'sense of wonder' that critics have argued is central to the genre. From Georges Méliès's Le Voyage dans la lune (1902), to the blockbusters of the 1970s that dramatically changed Hollywood, to the major releases of the past few years, the films featured in this book represent a range of periods, countries and types (including alien invasion, space travel, time travel, apocalypse, monsters and anime), and cover the key directors and writers.

100 Science Fiction Films provides a lively and illuminating guide to the genre from the beginning of film history to the present, taking the reader on a comprehensive tour through the rich and varied alternate universe of sci-fi cinema.

BARRY KEITH GRANT is Professor of Popular Culture and Film at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. He is an Elected Fellow at the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of the annual Pedagogy Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is the author of the BFI Film Classic on Invasion of the Body Snatchers (2010), Film Genre: From Inconography to Ideology (2007), and co-author with Jim Hillier of 100 Documentary Films (2009).


Writer and filmmaker Laura Mulvey is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and incisive contemporary feminist cultural theorists. Part of the 1970s generation of British film theorists and independent filmmakers, she came to prominence with her classic work on the pleasures, and displeasures, of narrative cinema, Visual and Other Pleasures. Published in the BFI Silver series, this new edition of Laura Mulvey's classic work of feminist theory features a new introduction and new illustrations.

Fetishism and Curiosity contains writings which range from analyses of Xala, Citizen Kane, and Blue Velvet to an extended engagement with the work of American Indian artist Jimmie Durham and the feminist photographer Cindy Sherman. The essays explore the concept of fetishism as developed by Marx and Freud, and how it relates to the ways in which artistic texts work. Laura Mulvey here returns to some of the knottier issues in contemporary cultural theory, especially the links between looking, fantasy and theorisation, on the one hand, and the processes of historical change on the other. What are the modes of address that characterise 'societies of the spectacle'? How might 'curiosity' be directed towards deciphering the politics of popular culture? These are some of the questions raised in this brilliant and subtle collection.

LAURA MULVEY is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

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