Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema: The Woman's Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror

By David Greven

The subject matter of woman transformation informs the Hollywood illustration of femininity from the studio period to the current. no matter if it happens bodily, emotionally, or on another point, transformation permits lady protagonists to barter their very own advanced wishes and to withstand the obligatory marriage plot. A sweeping learn of Hollywood from Now, Voyager, The Heiress, and Flamingo Road, to Carrie, the Alien movies, The courageous One, and the Slasher Horror style, this publication boldly unsettles common understandings of style movie, lady sexuality, and Freudian idea because it makes a powerful new case for the queer relevance of girl illustration.

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American Independent (Directory of World Cinema)

By John Berra

<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>With high-profile Academy Award nominations and a growing number of big-name actors wanting to join up to promising initiatives, self sufficient motion pictures were on the vanguard lately like by no means sooner than. however the roots of such severe and advertisement successes as The damage Locker and Precious can be traced to the 1st growth of self sustaining cinema within the Sixties, whilst a raft of gifted filmmakers emerged to catch the eye of a speedily growing to be viewers of younger audience.
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<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>A thorough evaluate of a thriving area of cultural lifestyles, Directory of global Cinema: American Independent chronicles the increase of the self sustaining region as an outlet for administrators who problem the established order, but nonetheless produce obtainable function motion pictures that not just locate huge audiences yet get pleasure from huge field workplace appeal—without sacrificing severe legitimacy. Key administrators are interviewed and profiled, and a big collection of movies are referenced and reviewed. greater than a dozen sub-genres—including African American cinema, queer cinema, documentary, familial disorder, and exploitation—are separately thought of, with an emphasis on their skill to have interaction with tensions inherent in American society. Copious illustrations and various examine assets around out the quantity, making this a very entire guide.
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<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>At a time whilst autonomous movies are having fun with substantial cultural cachet, this easy-to-use but authoritative consultant will locate an keen viewers in media historians, movie stories students, and picture buffs alike.

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Val Lewton: The Reality of Terror

By Joel E. Siegel

An creation to manufacturer Val Lewton and his mental horror cinema. the 1st 1/2 the booklet is biographical and analytical. Siegel is excellent at the biographical narrative and weaving within the strategies and affects of the movies that Lewton produced (Cat humans, I Walked with a Zombie). He emphasizes Lewton's creation process, his construction frustrations, and his respectful, planned collaboration with others. Siegel is usually prepared to illustrate Lewton's auteurship and impact on others, yet by no means on the cost of others or with any distinctive pleading. Reliably, Siegel withholds no feedback of what he sees as lesser filmmaking and regularly evaluates the flicks quite. He's additionally reliable on noting severe reaction to the flicks at time of liberate. specified point out is going to sympathetic critics Farber and Agee. the second one half the booklet is sparer, yet nonetheless wealthy feedback of every Lewton construction.

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When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade

By Dave Kehr

If you've ever desired to dig round within the files for that excellent Sunday afternoon DVD and primary grew to become to a witty weekly column within the New York Times, you then are already acquainted with one in all our nation’s most excellent movie critics. in the event you love movies—and the writers who interact them—and simply take place to have of the top circulating day-by-day papers within the state, then you definately most likely realize the identify of the intellectually incredible author who has been penning items on American and overseas motion pictures for over thirty years. And should you known as town of the massive Shoulders domestic within the Seventies or Eighties and depended on these trenchant, incisive experiences from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune to consultant your moviegoing pride, then you definately understand Dave Kehr. 

When video clips Mattered
presents a wide-ranging and illuminating collection of Kehr’s feedback from the Reader—most of that's reprinted the following for the 1st time—including insightful discussions of movie historical past and his debatable most sensible Ten lists. lengthy heralded by way of his friends for either his deep wisdom and incisive variety, Kehr built his method of writing approximately movie from the auteur feedback renowned within the ’70s. although Kehr’s feedback hasn't ever misplaced its highbrow facet, it’s nonetheless simply obtainable to an individual who actually cares approximately video clips. by no means watered down and consistently razor sharp, it is going past wry observations to an acute exam of the actual stylistic features that outline the paintings of person administrators and ensure the that means of person films.

From present releases to special revivals, from classical Hollywood to overseas fare, Kehr has stored us spellbound together with his insightful severe commentaries. When video clips Mattered will safe his position between our best possible writers approximately all issues cinematic.

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The Art of Watching Films

By Joseph M. Boggs

This advent to movie appreciation makes use of modern and renowned American video clips to assist scholars improve serious talents within the research and review of movie. via suggesting what to seem for and the way to seem for it, the textual content demanding situations scholars to sharpen their powers of commentary, identify conduct of perceptive observing, and become aware of complicated points of movie paintings that may additional improve their delight in gazing movies.

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Rethinking Documentary: New Perspectives and Practices

By Thomas Austin

From a growth in theatrical gains to photos published on web pages akin to YouTube and Google Video, the early years of the twenty first century have witnessed major alterations within the technological, advertisement, aesthetic, political, and social dimensions of documentaries on movie, tv and the internet.

In reaction to those swift advancements, this e-book rethinks the thought of documentary, when it comes to thought, perform and object/s of analysis. Drawing jointly 26 unique essays from students and practitioners, it seriously assesses rules and buildings of documentary and, the place invaluable, proposes new instruments and arguments with which to envision this complicated and transferring terrain.

Covering a number media output, the e-book is split into 4 sections:

  • Critical views on documentary varieties and ideas
  • The altering faces of documentary production
  • modern documentary: borders, neighbours and disputed territories

  • Digital and on-line documentaries: possibilities and boundaries

Rethinking Documentary is efficacious examining for students and scholars operating in documentary conception and perform, movie reports, and media studies.

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Rivette: Texts and Interviews

Instead of be thought of in isolation, this publication might be considered as a part of a normal attempt to make the paintings of Jacques Rivette on hand, in each feel of the time period. this isn't to suggest that the subsequent texts and interviews are being provided as an insignificant complement to his motion pictures: if the whole physique of Rivette’s paintings should be learn as a chain of evolving reflections at the cinema, the severe paintings contained during this quantity is indissolubly associated with the serious paintings represented via his film-making. From this perspective, it isn't sufficient to claim (for example) that Rivette’s 1957 overview of Fritz Lang’s past an inexpensive Doubt is helping to ‘explain’ — certainly, offers a veritable blueprint for — some of the preoccupations of his 1976 movie Noroit. one of many assumptions of this assortment is that it would be both necessary to view Noroit as a key in the direction of knowing Rivette’s very important textual content on Lang.

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Femme Fatale: Cinema's Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies

By Dominique Mainon

From the femme fatale of the early cinema to her post-feminist rebirth, this lavishly illustrated publication and entire consultant strains the background of those dangerously fascinating, manipulative, and determined deadly girls. Femme Fatale surveys the background of the femme fatale in global cinema, with greater than three hundred photos attesting to the facility of those mysterious girls. The ebook starts off with the silent interval and its vamps, like Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Clara Bow, and Bebe Daniels, then strikes directly to the Pre-Code sound interval of yank motion pictures, which, exhibiting liberated attitudes towards intercourse and girls, featured actresses like Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo. the tale maintains with the noir Forties, whilst the femme fatale grew to become actually deadly - together with actresses like Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Barbara Stanwyck. within the repressive Nineteen Fifties, the foreign femme fatale took the fore - Brigitte Bardot, Maria Felix, Elizabeth Taylor, Anita Ekberg, and so on. ultimately, the authors flip to the innovative post-feminist glossy interval, with an array of deadly women from around the globe, like Pam Grier, Salma Hayek, Gong Li, Angelina Jolie, and Sharon Stone.

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The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System (Perspectives)

"The Geopolitical Aesthetic is a dazzling... distillation and alertness of the theoretical procedure he first provided within the Political subconscious (1981)." ―The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Taking modern motion pictures from the USA, Russia, Taiwan, France, and the Philippines, The Geopolitical Aesthetic bargains a studying of a few of the main fascinating movies of the decade and a normal account of filmic illustration within the postmodern international. Fredric Jameson poses a few crucial questions: How does illustration functionality in modern movie? How does modern cinema characterize an ever extra advanced and foreign social truth? Jameson’s subtle and theoretically trained readings rigidity the ways that disparate films―for instance, Godard’s ardour, Pakula’s the entire President’s males, Yang’s The Terrorizer, Tahimik’s The Perfumed Nightmare, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Roublev―confront related difficulties of illustration. The ideas range generally however the force continues to be the same―the wish to locate enough allegories for our social existence.

The Geopolitical Aesthetic, a refinement and improvement of the arguments recommend in Jameson’s seminal paintings The Political subconscious, is important analyzing for everybody drawn to either movie research and cultural studies.

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Listening to Stanley Kubrick: The Music in His Films

By Christine Lee Gengaro

The musical ratings of Stanley Kubrick’s movies are frequently praised as being cutting edge and forward-looking. regardless of enjoying such a major half in his productions, even if, the ways that Kubrick used song to nice influence continues to be a little bit mysterious to many audience. even supposing a few audience may perhaps comprehend a bit concerning the track in 2001 or A Clockwork Orange, few are conscious of the details in the back of the song in Kubrick's different films.

In Listening to Stanley Kubrick: The tune in His Films, Christine Lee Gengaro offers an in-depth exploration of the song that was once composed for Kubrick’s motion pictures and areas the pre-existent tune he applied into historic context. Gengaro discusses the track in each paintings, from Kubrick’s first movies, together with the documentary shorts The Flying Padre and Day of the Fight, through all of his function motion pictures, from Fear and wish to Eyes vast Shut. No movie is ignored; no cue is ignored.

Besides heavily reading the ratings composed through Gerald Fried for Kubrick’s early works, Gengaro will pay specific realization to 5 of the director’s so much provocative and acclaimed films—2001: an area Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, and Eyes broad Shut. for every movie, she engages the reader via explaining how the track used to be excerpted (and replaced, in a few cases), and the way the ancient proof a couple of musical piece upload layers of meaning—sometimes unintended—to the films.

Meant for movie fanatics, song enthusiasts, and students, Listening to Stanley Kubrick is a completely researched exam into the musical components of 1 of cinema’s so much incredible artists. applicable for a cinema reports or song lecture room, this quantity also will entice any fan of Kubrick’s films.

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