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Controversies

Controversies is a series comprising individual studies of controversial films from the late 1960s to the present day, encompassing classic, contemporary Hollywood, cult and world cinema. Each volume provides an in-depth study analyzing the various stages of each film's production, distribution, classification and reception, assessing both its impact at the time of its release and its subsequent legacy. 

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“The Controversies series is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate about what limits - if any - should be placed on cinema when it comes to the depiction and discussion of extreme subject matter. Sober, balanced and insightful where much debate on these matters has been hysterical, one-sided and unhelpful, these books should help us get a perspective on some of the thorniest films in the history of cinema.”- Kim Newman, novelist, critic and broadcaster

Falling Down:  (Controversies)
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Falling Down
Bad Boy Bubby:  (Controversies)
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Bad Boy Bubby
Basic Instinct:  (Controversies)
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Basic Instinct
A Clockwork Orange:  (Controversies)
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A Clockwork Orange
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer:  (Controversies)
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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
The Passion of the Christ:  (Controversies)
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The Passion of the Christ
Straw Dogs:  (Controversies)
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Straw Dogs

SERIES EDITORS:

STEVIE SIMKIN is Reader in Drama and Film, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Winchester, UK. His publications include work on cult television, popular music, and Renaissance drama. He is the author of, amongst other works, A Preface to Marlowe (1999), Revenge Tragedy: A New Casebook (2001), Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence (2005), and, in the Controversies series, volumes on Straw Dogs (2011) and Basic Instinct (forthcoming, 2013).

JULIAN PETLEY is Professor of Film and Television at Brunel University, UK. He is co-chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. His publications include Ill Effects: The Media-Violence Debate (1997), Culture Wars: the Media and the Left in Britain (2005), Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain (2011), as co-editor, Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media (2011), and, in the Controversies series, a volume on Crash (forthcoming, 2012).


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