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BFI Books

Discover more about film and television with the BFI’s diverse range of titles.

Latest releases

  • The French Cinema Book

    An innovative and accessible account of the richness and diversity of French film history from the 1890s to the 2010s.

  • Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur

    An innovative look at the representation of Paris on screen, introducing, challenging and extending ideas about the city as the locus of screen modernity.

  • Pandora’s Box

    Pamela Hutchinson revisits and challenges many assumptions made about GW Pabst’s Pandora’s Box, its lead character and its star Louise Brooks.

  • Amitabh Bachchan: Star Studies

    A unique study of the star who towers like a demi-god in the Indian imagination.

For decades BFI Publishing has encouraged a deeper understanding and fuelled readers’ passion for film and TV with an unparalleled range of books and resources for film fans, students, teachers and researchers. Our list includes the prestigious BFI Film Classics series and the BFI Screen Guides.

From May 2018, BFI books and resources are published in partnership with Bloomsbury, a leading independent publisher with an award-winning programme spanning academic, consumer and digital publishing. Bloomsbury has a strong profile in film and media publishing, which includes Screen Studies, a dynamic new digital resource for moving image learning and research.

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Other releases

BFI Compendium

  • Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder Compendium

    Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder Compendium

    A range of lavishly illustrated new essays show how sci-fi is as much about ideas as spectacle, and how it expresses our sense of fear and wonder like no other genre.

  • Who Can You Trust?: The Thriller in Film and Television

    Who Can You Trust?: The Thriller in Film and Television

    Find out how onscreen thrillers have always captured the unease of the times, while holding us on the edge of our seat, gripped in suspense.

  • Black Star

    Black Star

    This BFI Compendium uncovers the history of these great black stars of film and television, exploring a legacy that stretches from the long-forgotten figures of the early years of cinema to the global megastars of today.

The BFI Compendium series of books are dynamic, accessible and wide-ranging guides to the BFI’s national Blockbuster film seasons.

Produced by the team behind Sight & Sound magazine, each volume includes lavishly illustrated essays from the world’s leading film writers, curators and academics. Contributors include Mark Kermode, Sir Christopher Grayling, Laura Mulvey and Camille Paglia.

Compendiums published to date include 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock, Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, Black Star, Love, and Who Can You Trust?.

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