Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BFI Film Classics celebrates 20 years

The illuminating series of books from the British Film Institute is 20 years on, and new commemorative editions of a dozen of its titles, with boldly re-designed covers and new content, is available now.

BFI Film Classics celebrates 20 years

Detail from the newly designed cover of BFI´s "Vertigo" book.
Detail from the newly designed cover of BFI's "Vertigo" book.

One of the longest running and most illuminating series of film studies books hails from the British Film Institute: its “Film Classics” paperbacks offer critical and historical appraisals of many of filmdom’s finest endeavors. And to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, BFI and Palgrave Macmillan have released a dozen of the books, each focusing on a single, and singular film, with newly designed cover art, and, in several cases, new material.

Among the reissues: Laura Mulvey’s take on Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, Salman Rushdie on The Wizard of Oz and Charles Barr on Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

New to the series, and released with the twelve 20th anniversary titles: Eric Smoodin on the Disney classic Snow White, Christopher Wagstaff on Bertolucci’s The Conformist, and V.F. Perkins’ survey of Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game.

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