Category: Film Studies

The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir

By Megan E. Abbott

This e-book considers a recurrent determine in American literature: the solitary white guy relocating via city area. The descendent of 19th-century frontier and western heroes, the determine reemerges in 1930s-’50s the United States because the “tough guy.” The highway used to be Mine appears to the cruel man within the works of hardboiled novelists Raymond Chandler (The enormous Sleep) and James M. Cain (Double Indemnity) and their well known film noir variations. concentrating on the way in which he negotiates racial and gender “otherness,” this learn argues that the harsh man embodies the promise of an impervious white masculinity amidst the turmoil of the melancholy in the course of the beginnings of the chilly conflict. The ebook concludes with an research of Chester Himes, whose Harlem crime novels (For Love of Imabelle) unharness a ferocious revisionary critique of the harsh man tradition.

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New Documentary

By Stella Bruzzi

Praise for New Documentary:

'It's fresh to discover a booklet that cuts throughout the drained outdated debates that experience surrounded documentary movie and tv. It heralds a welcome new approach.'

Sight and Sound

'Documentary perform alterations so quick that books at the topic are frequently outdated prior to they're released. Bruzzi's success is to have understood the style as an task in response to functionality instead of commentary. this can be a clean standpoint which illuminates the elemental shifts that would proceed to ensue within the style because it enters its moment century.'

John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, collage of London

New Documentary provides a latest examine documentary and clean and difficult methods of theorising the non-fiction movie. As attractive because the unique, this moment variation beneficial properties thorough updates to the prevailing chapters, in addition to a new bankruptcy on modern cinema liberate documentaries.

This new version includes:

  • Contemporary motion pictures comparable to Capturing the Friedmans, Être et avoir, Farenheit 9/11, The Fog of War and Touching the Void in addition to extra canonical texts resembling Hoop Dreams and Shoah
  • Additional interviews with influential practitioners, corresponding to director Michael Apted and manufacturer Stephen Lambert

  • A comprehensively revised dialogue of contemporary observational documentary, together with docusoaps, fact tv and formatted documentaries
  • The paintings of documentary filmmakers resembling Nicholas Barker, Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield, Molly Dineen and Michael Moore and the paintings of Avant-Garde filmmakers equivalent to Chris Marker and Patrick Keiller
  • Gender id, queer conception, functionality, race and spectatorship.

Bruzzi exhibits how theories of documentary filmmaking should be utilized to modern texts and genres, and discusses the connection among contemporary, cutting edge examples of the style and the extra proven canon of documentary.

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The Routledge Companion to Film History (Routledge Companions)

By William Guynn

The Routledge spouse to movie History is an fundamental advisor for somebody learning movie background for the 1st time. The technique taken offers a considerable and readable evaluate of the sphere and offers scholars with a device of reference that might be priceless all through their studies.

The quantity is split into elements. the 1st is a suite of 11 essays that techniques movie heritage round the following themes:

  • History of the relocating image
  • Film as artwork and well known culture
  • Production process
  • Evolution of sound
  • Alternative modes: experimental, documentary, animation
  • Cultural difference
  • Film’s courting to history

The moment is a serious dictionary that explains recommendations, summarizes debates in movie experiences, defines technical phrases, describes significant sessions and activities, and discusses old events and the movie undefined. the amount as an entire is designed as an energetic approach of cross-references: readers of the essays are talked about dictionary entries (and vice versa) and either supply brief bibliographies that motivate readers to enquire subject matters.

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Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms

Red, White & Black is a provocative critique of socially engaged motion pictures and similar serious discourse. delivering an unflinching account of race and illustration, Frank B. Wilderson III asks no matter if such movies appropriately characterize the constitution of U.S. racial antagonisms. That constitution, he argues, relies on 3 crucial topic positions: that of the White (the “settler,” “master,” and “human”), the purple (the “savage” and “half-human”), and the Black (the “slave” and “non-human”). Wilderson contends that for Blacks, slavery is ontological, an inseparable portion of their being. From the start of the ecu slave alternate before, Blacks have had symbolic worth as fungible flesh, because the non-human (or anti-human) opposed to which Whites have outlined themselves as human. simply as slavery is the existential foundation of the Black topic place, genocide is key to the ontology of the Indian. either positions are foundational to the lifestyles of (White) humanity.

Wilderson offers precise readings of 2 motion pictures by way of Black administrators, Antwone Fisher (Denzel Washington) and Bush Mama (Haile Gerima); one by way of an Indian director, Skins (Chris Eyre); and one through a White director, Monster’s Ball (Marc Foster). those motion pictures current purple and Black humans beleaguered via difficulties comparable to homelessness and the repercussions of incarceration. They painting social turmoil by way of clash, as difficulties that may be solved (at least theoretically, if no longer within the given narratives). Wilderson continues that on the narrative point, they fail to acknowledge that the turmoil is predicated no longer in clash, yet in essentially irreconcilable racial antagonisms. but, as he explains, these antagonisms are by accident disclosed within the motion pictures’ non-narrative ideas, in judgements concerning issues resembling lights, digicam angles, and sound.

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Women, Desire, and Power in Italian Cinema

By Marga Cottino-Jones

Women, hope, and tool in Italian Cinema deals, for the 1st time in Italian Cinema feedback, a contextual examine of the illustration of ladies in twentieth-century Italian motion pictures. Marga Cottino-Jones argues that the methods ladies are depicted on monitor displays a unconscious “sexual conservatism” commonplace of an Italian society rooted inside of a patriarchal ideology. The e-book then follows the gradual yet consistent strategy of social expertise within the Italian society via girls in movie, particularly after the Nineteen Fifties. accomplished in scope, this publication analyzes the movies of the world over recognized female and male administrators, resembling Antonioni, Fellini, Rossellini, Visconti, Bertolucci, Benigni, Cavani, Wertmuller, Comencini, and Archibugi. particular attention is given to the actresses and actors that experience develop into the icons of Italian femininity and masculinity, akin to Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Silvana Mangano, Gian Carlo Giannini, Marcello Mastroianni, and Alberto Sordi.

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Hollywood Blockbusters: The Anthropology of Popular Movies

By Peter Wogan

Why do 'Jaws', 'Field of Dreams', 'The gigantic Lebowski', and 'The Godfather' stay strikingly renowned during this age of fragmented audiences and ever-faster spin cycles? "Hollywood Blockbusters: The Anthropology of renowned Movies" argues that those motion pictures proceed to captivate audiences simply because they play upon underlying tensions and difficulties in American tradition, very similar to the myths that anthropologists research in non-Western contexts. In making this argument, the authors hire and expand anthropological theories approximately ritual, kinship, present giving, energy, egalitarianism, literacy, metalinguistics, stereotypes, and the mysteries of the opposite. the consequences - unique insights into smooth movie classics, American tradition, and anthropological thought - will entice scholars of movie, Media, Anthropology, Sociology, and Cultural stories.

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Politics of Insects: David Cronenberg's Cinema of Confrontation

By Scott Willson

Canadian movie director David Cronenberg has lengthy been a determine of inventive acclaim and public controversy. Bursting into view with a trio of stunning horror motion pictures within the Seventies, Cronenberg's paintings has turn into more and more advanced in its sensibilities and inward-looking in its matters and issues. This trajectory culminates within the multiplex successes of his most modern motion pictures, which seem to finish a simple evolutionary arc that starts off within the chilly outdoors of shock-horror and arrives within the hot embody of business and demanding good fortune.

Scott Wilson argues persuasively that Cronenberg's profession could be divided into extensive thematic phases and as an alternative deals a fancy exam of the connection among 3 inter-related phrases: the director as auteur; the that aid or denies advertisement chance; and the viewers who obtain, interpret and aid (or decry) the imaginative and prescient represented on monitor. The Politics of Insects offers a chance to discover Cronenberg's movies relating to one another by way of their thematic continuity, and by way of their courting to business issues and viewers responses.

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New Philosophies of Film: Thinking Images

By Robert Sinnerbrink

The connection among movie and philosophy has develop into an issue of extreme highbrow curiosity. yet how may still we comprehend this courting? Can philosophy renew our figuring out of movie? Can movie problem or perhaps remodel how we comprehend philosophy? New Philosophies of movie explores those questions on the subject of either analytic and Continental philosophies of movie, arguing that find out how to triumph over their mutual antagonism is by way of developing a extra pluralist film-philosophy grounded in specific engagement with specific movies. Sinnerbrink not just offers lucid serious analyses of the intriguing advancements and contentious debates within the new philosophies of movie, but additionally showcases how a pluralist film-philosophy works in relation to 3 tough modern filmmakers: David Lynch, Lars von Trier, and Terrence Malick. New Philosophies of movie hence places interdisciplinary movie -philosophy into perform, and will be of significant curiosity to scholars and researchers operating around the disciplines of philosophy, movie reports, and cultural stories.

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