Close textual analysis of some 42 films from provides an especially useful avenue into the study of this cinema for the student. Style, Stardom, and Masculinity. Few European male actors have been as iconic and influential for generations of filmgoers as Alain Delon. Whether the object of reverence or ridicule, of desire or disdain, Delon remains a unique figure who continues to court controversy and fascination more than five decades after he first achieved international fame.
Lost Visionary of the Cinema. From to she directed films including over synchronized sound films , produced hundreds more, and was the first--and so far the only--woman to own and run her own studio plant The Solax Studio in Fort Lee, NJ, However, her role in film history was completely forgotten until her own memoirs were published in This new book tells her life story and fills in many gaps left by the memoirs.
Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism. As both an extra-terrestrial and a terrestrial migrant, the alien provides a critical framework to help us understand the interactions between cultures and to explore the transgressive force of travel over geographical, cultural or linguistic borders.
Offering a perspective on the alien that connects to scholarship on immigration and globalization, Alien Imaginations brings together canonical and contemporary works in the literature and cinema of science fiction and transnationalism. By examining the role of the alien through the themes of language, anxiety and identity, the essays in this collection engage with authors such as H. Wells, Eleanor Arnason, Philip K. Focusing on works that are European and North American in origin, the readings in this volume explore their critical intent and their potential to undermine many of the central notions of Western hegemonic discourses.
Alien Imaginations reflects upon contemporary cultural imaginaries as well as the realities of migration, labor and life, suggesting models of resistance, if not utopian horizons. The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley.
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Alien Woman examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga starring Sigourney Weaver. The Alien saga stands alone in presenting an enduring, self-reliant female protagonist, Ripley, who in the first film ends up as the sole survivor of the beleaguered starship Nostromo. Subsequent writers and directors in the s and s, left to grapple with this strong female protagonist, reenvision Ripley to for different social, political, and cultural imperatives for women.
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Alien Woman focuses on how these writers and directors have re-written Ripley and how each revision informs our understanding of women in science fiction. An exciting collection of original interviews with the infamously outspoken director of Short Cuts. Cited as an influence by such envelope-pushing directors as Spike Jonze and P. Anderson, Altman has created a genre all his own, notable for its improvised, overlapping dialogue and creative cinematography. One of the key moviemakers of the s — commonly considered the heyday of American film — Altman's irrepressible combination of unorthodox vision and style is most clearly evidenced in the fourteen movies he released across that decade.
The resulting portrait reveals a quixotic man whose films continue to delight and challenge audiences, both in the United States and beyond. The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web. With the advent of digital filmmaking and critical recognition of the relevance of self expression, first-person narratives, and personal practices of memorialization, interest in the amateur moving image has never been stronger.
With contributions on the role of the archive, on YouTube, and on the impact of new technologies on amateur filmmaking, these essays offer the first comprehensive examination of this growing field. American Science Fiction Film and Television presents a critical history of late 20th Century SF together with an analysis of the cultural and thematic concerns of this popular genre. Science fiction film and television were initially inspired by the classic literature of HG Wells and Jules Verne.
The potential and fears born with the Atomic age fuelled the popularity of the genre, upping the stakes for both technology and apocalypse.
The definitive introduction to American science fiction, this is also the first study to analyse SF across both film and TV. The majority of scholarly treatments for film adaptation are put forth by experts on film and film analysis, thus with the focus being on film. Analyzing Literature-to-Film Adaptations looks at film adaptation from a fresh perspective, that of writer or creator of literary fiction. In her book, Snyder explores both literature and film as separate entities, detailing the analytical process of interpreting novels and short stories, as well as films.
She then introduces a means to analyzing literature-to-film adaptations, drawing from the concept of intertextual comparison. Snyder writes not only from the perspective of a fiction writer but also as an instructor of writing, literature, and film adaptation. She employs the use of specific film adaptations Frankenstein , Children of Men , Away from Her to show the analytical process put into practice.
Her approach to film adaptation is designed for students just beginning their academic journey but also for those students well on their way. The book also is written for high school and college instructors who teach film adaptations in the classroom. A New History of Documentary Film, Second Edition offers a much-needed resource, considering the very rapid changes taking place within documentary media. She provides emphasis on archival and preservation history, present practices, and future needs for documentaries.
Along with preservation information, specific problems of copyright and fair use, as they relate to documentary, are considered. Finally, A History of Documentary Film retains and updates the recommended readings and important films and the end of each chapter from the first edition, including the bibliography and appendices. Impossible to talk learnedly about documentary film without an audio-visual component, a companion website will increase its depth of information and overall usefulness to students, teachers and film enthusiasts.
A Century of Narrative Film. She details an industry and an art form shaped by the competing and merging forces of traditional culture and of economic and technological innovation. Adopting a thematic, exploratory approach, Standish links the concept of Japanese cinema as a system of communication with some of the central discourses of the twentieth century: modernism, nationalism, humanism, resistance, and gender.
After an introduction outlining the earliest years of cinema in Japan, Standish demonstrates cinema's symbolic position in Japanese society in the s - as both a metaphor and a motor of modernity. Moving into the late thirties and early forties, Standish analyses cinema's relationship with the state-focusing in particular on the war and occupation periods. The book's coverage of the post-occupation period looks at "romance" films in particular. Avant-garde directors came to the fore during the s and early seventies, and their work is discussed in depth.
The book concludes with an investigation of genre and gender in mainstream films of recent years. In grappling with Japanese film history and criticism, most western commentators have concentrated on offering interpretations of what have come to be considered "classic" films.
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A New History of Japanese Cinema takes a genuinely innovative approach to the subject, and should prove an essential resource for many years to come. History, Form and Function. But the focus on live-action cinema leaves a significant gap in studying animated films. With the almost total pervasiveness of animation today, this collection provides the reader with a greater sense of how the animated landscapes of the present relate to those of the past.
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Including essays from international perspectives, Animated Landscapes introduces an idea that has seemed, literally, to be in the background of animation studies. The collection provides a timely counterpoint to the dominance of character be that either animated characters such as Mickey Mouse or real world personalities such as Walt Disney that exists within animation scholarship and film studies more generally.
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Chapters address a wide range of topics including history, case studies in national contexts including Australia, Japan, China and Latvia , the traversal of animated landscape, the animation of fantastical landscapes, and the animation of interactive landscapes. Animated Landscapes promises to be an invaluable addition to the existing literature, for the most overlooked aspect of animation.
Animation - Process, Cognition and Actuality presents a uniquely philosophical and multi-disciplinary approach to the scholarly study of animation, by using the principles of process philosophy and Deleuzian film aesthetics to discuss animation practices, from early optical devices to contemporary urban design and installations. Some of the original theories presented are a process-philosophy based theory of animation; a cognitive theory of animation; a new theoretical approach to the animated documentary; an original investigative approach to animation; and unique considerations as to the convergence of animation and actuality.
Numerous animated examples from all eras and representing a wide range of techniques and approaches — including television shows and video games are examined, such as Fantastic Mr. Katz: Professional Therapist — A Guide to the Best of Contemporary Animation. This is an introduction to some of the world's top animation filmmakers, whose faces and voices remain largely unseen and unappreciated outside of the animation community.
Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film. An Introduction to Film Analysis combines an introduction to filmmaking technique with rigorous and comprehensive training in film interpretation.
Composed in an accessible style yet conversant with the latest, most advanced critical theories and methods, this innovative textbook can be reliably used on both the undergraduate and the graduate level. The book begins with chapters that familiarize students with the basic components of film technique. It connects technique to meaning and demonstrates, through numerous examples, how particular uses of film technique generate different meanings. Students will learn how films are made and how values are promoted, ideas communicated, and rhetorical arguments advanced through film technique.
The second part of the book covers a range of interpretive methods, theories, and concerns. Carefully structured, beautifully written, and illustrated throughout An Introduction to Film Analysis provides a thorough grounding in the subject for students around the world. The newest volume in the Film Theory in Practice Series, Auteur Theory and My Son John offers a concise introduction to authorship and auteur theory in jargon-free language. This history will help students and scholars who are eager to learn more about this important area of film theory.
The analysis of My Son John shows how auteur theory enables modes of interpretation and discovers levels of meaning otherwise unavailable. The Myth of the New Hollywood Auteur. A Cinematic Odyssey. In this book Richard Ayoade -- actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist -- reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself.
Over ten brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines Ayoade fully and without mercy, leading a breathless investigation into this once-in-a-generation visionary. Take the journey, and your life will never be the same again. Encompassing experimental film and video, essay film, gallery-based installation art, and digital art, Jihoon Kim establishes the concept of hybrid moving images as an array of impure images shaped by the encounters and negotiations between different media, while also using it to explore various theoretical issues, such as stillness and movement, indexicality, abstraction, materiality, afterlives of the celluloid cinema, archive, memory, apparatus, and the concept of medium as such.
Grounding its study in interdisciplinary framework of film studies, media studies, and contemporary art criticism, Between Film, Video, and the Digital offers a fresh insight on the post-media conditions of film and video under the pervasive influences of digital technologies, as well as on the crucial roles of media hybridity in the creative processes of giving birth to the emerging forms of the moving image.
The Producer in Film and Television Studies. This is the first collection of original critical essays devoted to exploring the misunderstood, neglected and frequently caricatured role played by the film producer. The collection is divided into three sections where detailed individual essays explore a broad range of contrasting producers working in different historical, geographical, generic and industrial contexts.
Rather than suggest there is a single type of producer, the collection analyses the rich variety of roles producers play, providing fascinating and informative insights into how the film industry actually works. This groundbreaking collection challenges several of the conventional orthodoxies of film studies, providing a new approach that will become required reading for scholars and students.
Emerging Cinema and Engaging Audiences. Beyond the Screen presents an expanded conceptualization of cinema which encompasses the myriad ways film can be experienced in a digitally networked society where the auditorium is now just one location amongst many in which audiences can encounter and engage with films. The book includes considerations of mobile, web, social media and live cinema through numerous examples and case studies of recent and near-future developments.
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Through analyses of narrative, text, process, apparatus and audience this book traces the metamorphosis of an emerging cinema and maps the new spaces of spectatorship which are currently challenging what it means to be cinematic in a digitally networked era. Scholars have consistently applied psychoanalytic models to representations of gender in early teen slasher films such as Black Christmas , Halloween and Friday the 13th in order to claim that these were formulaic, excessively violent exploitation films, fashioned to satisfy the misogynist fantasies of teenage boys and grind house patrons.
However, by examining the commercial logic, strategies and objectives of the American and Canadian independents that produced the films and the companies that distributed them in the US, Blood Money demonstrates that filmmakers and marketers actually went to extraordinary lengths to make early teen slashers attractive to female youth, to minimize displays of violence, gore and suffering and to invite comparisons to a wide range of post-classical Hollywood's biggest hits; including Love Story , The Exorcist , Saturday Night Fever , Grease and Animal House both Blood Money is a remarkable piece of scholarship that highlights the many forces that helped establish the teen slasher as a key component of the North American film industry's repertoire of youth-market product.
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