Moralizing Cinema

Film, Catholicism, and Power

Author: Daniel Biltereyst,Daniela Treveri Gennari

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134668317

Category: Art

Page: 296

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This volume is part of the recent interest in the study of religion and popular media culture (cinema in particular), but it strongly differs from most of this work in this maturing discipline. Contrary to most other edited volumes and monographs on film and religion, Moralizing Cinema will not focus upon films (cf. the representation of biblical figures, religious themes in films, the fidelity question in movies), but rather look beyond the film text, content or aesthetics, by concentrating on the cinema-related actions, strategies and policies developed by the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations in order to influence cinema. Whereas the key role of Catholics in cinema has been well studied in the USA (cf. literature on the Legion of Decency and on the Catholic influenced Production Code Administration), the issue remains unexplored for other parts of the world. The book includes case studies on Argentina, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, and the USA.

India’s New Independent Cinema

Rise of the Hybrid

Author: Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317290747

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

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This is the first-ever book on the rise of the new wave of independent Indian films that is revolutionising Indian cinema. Contemporary scholarship on Indian cinema so far has focused asymmetrically on Bollywood—India’s dominant cultural export. Reversing this trend, this book provides an in-depth examination of the burgeoning independent Indian film sector. It locates the new 'Indies' as a glocal hybrid film form—global in aesthetic and local in content. They critically engage with a diverse socio-political spectrum of ‘state of the nation’ stories; from farmer suicides, disenfranchised urban youth and migrant workers to monks turned anti-corporation animal rights agitators. This book provides comprehensive analyses of definitive Indie new wave films including Peepli Live (2010), Dhobi Ghat (2010), The Lunchbox (2013) and Ship of Theseus (2013). It explores how subversive Indies, such as polemical postmodern rap-musical Gandu (2010) transgress conventional notions of ‘traditional Indian values’, and collide with state censorship regulations. This timely and pioneering analysis shows how the new Indies have emerged from a middle space between India’s globalising present and traditional past. This book draws on in-depth interviews with directors, actors, academics and members of the Indian censor board, and is essential reading for anyone seeking an insight into a current Indian film phenomenon that could chart the future of Indian cinema.

Cinema Beyond the City

Author: Judith Thissen,Clemens Zimmermann

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1844578488

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Cinema is often perceived as a metropolitan medium – an entertainment product of the big city and for the big city. Yet film exhibitors have been bringing moving pictures to towns and villages since the early days of itinerant shows. This volume presents for the first time an exploration of the social, cultural and economic dynamics of film culture in the European countryside. Spanning more than a century of film exhibition from the early twentieth-century to the present day, Cinema Beyond the City examines the role that movie-going has played in small-town and rural communities across Europe. It documents an amazing diversity of sites and situations that are relevant for understanding historical and current patterns in film consumption. In chapters written by leading scholars and young academics, interdisciplinary research is used to address key questions about access, economic viability, audience behaviour, film programming and the cultural flows between cities and hinterlands. With its wide range of regional studies and innovative methodological approaches, the collection will be of interest not only to film historians, but also to scholars in the fields of urban history, rural studies and cultural geography.

Italian Post-Neorealist Cinema

Author: Luca Barattoni

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748650938

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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This book brings to the surface the lines of experimentation and artistic renewal appearing after the exhaustion of Neorealism, mapping complex areas of interest such as the emergence of ethical concerns, the relationship between ideology and representati

Post-pop Cinema

The Search for Meaning in New American Film

Author: Jesse Fox Mayshark

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275990800

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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Provides a deep look into the varied work and common bonds of a group of young American directors including Wes Anderson, P. T. Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Richard Kelly, Richard Linklater, and David O. Russell.

Spectacle in "Classical" Cinemas

Musicality and Historicity in the 1930s

Author: Tom Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317527054

Category: History

Page: 278

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Spectacle is not often considered to be a significant part of the style of ‘classical’ cinema. Indeed, some of the most influential accounts of cinematic classicism define it virtually by the supposed absence of spectacle. Spectacle in ‘Classical’ Cinemas: Musicality and Historicity in the 1930s brings a fresh perspective on the role of the spectacular in classical sound cinema by focusing on one decade of cinema (the 1930s), in two ‘modes’ of filmmaking (musical and historical films), and in two national cinemas (the US and France). This not only brings to light the special rhetorical and affective possibilities offered by spectacular images but refines our understanding of what ‘classical’ cinema is and was.

Hollywood in Berlin

American Cinema and Weimar Germany

Author: Thomas J. Saunders

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520914162

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 348

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The setting is 1920s Berlin, cultural heart of Europe and the era's only serious cinematic rival to Hollywood. In his engaging study, Thomas Saunders explores an outstanding example of one of the most important cultural developments of this century: global Americanization through the motion picture. The invasion of Germany by American films, which began in 1921 with overlapping waves of sensationalist serials, slapstick shorts, society pictures, and historical epics, initiated a decade of cultural collision and accommodation. On the one hand it fueled an impassioned debate about the properties of cinema and the specter of wholesale Americanization. On the other hand it spawned unprecedented levels of cooperation and exchange. In Berlin, American motion pictures not only entertained all social classes and film tastes but also served as a vehicle for American values and a source of sharp economic competition. Hollywood in Berlin correlates the changing forms of Hollywood's contributions to Weimar culture and the discourses that framed and interpreted them, restoring historical contours to a leading aspect of cultural interchange in this century. At the same time, the book successfully embeds Weimar cinema in its contemporary international setting.

Post-War Italian Cinema

American Intervention, Vatican Interests

Author: Daniela Treveri Gennari

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135894965

Category: History

Page: 218

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Through a comparative approach of current theories developed on ideology and an analysis of official documents from the Vatican and the United States Department of State, the book investigates the decisive role that American production companies played in the development of the Italian film industry and their links to the Vatican. This analysis evaluates how the Italian production and distribution industries satisfied the American political and economic interests. American political and cultural ideology of the post-1945 era, is compared with the Roman Catholic ideology in order to assess their cultural propaganda. This is followed by studies of the roles played by key individuals, such as Giulio Andreotti, and institutions such as ANICA and A.G.I.S. involved in formulating the policies and regulations that affected the production and distribution of American and Italian films in the post-1945 era, as well as the involvement of the Roman Catholic Church in this process.

Opening Wednesday at a Theater Or Drive-In Near You

The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s

Author: Charles Taylor

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

ISBN: 9781632868183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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When we think of '70s cinema, we think of classics like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and The Wild Bunch . . . but the riches found in the overlooked B movies of the time, rolled out wherever they might find an audience, unexpectedly tell an eye-opening story about post-Watergate, post-Vietnam America. Revisiting the films that don't make the Academy Award montages, Charles Taylor finds a treasury many of us have forgotten, movies that in fact "unlock the secrets of the times." Celebrated film critic Taylor pays homage to the trucker vigilantes, meat magnate pimps, blaxploitation "angel avengers," and taciturn factory workers of grungy, unartful B films such as Prime Cut, Foxy Brown, and Eyes of Laura Mars. He creates a compelling argument for what matters in moviemaking and brings a pivotal American era vividly to life in all its gritty, melancholy complexity.

The Cosmetic Gaze

Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty

Author: Bernadette Wegenstein

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026230032X

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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If the gaze can be understood to mark the disjuncture between how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others, the cosmetic gaze--in Bernadette Wegenstein's groundbreaking formulation--is one through which the act of looking at our bodies and those of others is already informed by the techniques, expectations, and strategies (often surgical) of bodily modification. It is, Wegenstein says, also a moralizing gaze, a way of looking at bodies as awaiting both physical and spiritual improvement. In The Cosmetic Gaze, Wegenstein charts this synthesis of outer and inner transformation. Wegenstein shows how the cosmetic gaze underlies the "rebirth" celebrated in today's makeover culture and how it builds upon a body concept that has collapsed into its mediality. In today's beauty discourse--on reality TV and Web sites that collect "bad plastic surgery"--we yearn to experience a bettered self that has been reborn from its own flesh and is now itself, like a digitally remastered character in a classic Hollywood movie, immortal. Wegenstein traces the cosmetic gaze from eighteenth-century ideas about physiognomy through television makeover shows and facial-recognition software to cinema--which, like our other screens, never ceases to show us our bodies as they could be, drawing life from the very cosmetic gaze it transmits.

The American Dream and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Author: J. Emmett Winn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 144110965X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 174

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While the myth of a classless America endures in the American Dream, the very stratification that it denies unfairly affects the majority of Americans. Study after study shows that it's increasingly difficult for working class people to achieve upward mobility in the US - so how does the American Dream continue to thrive? J. Emmett Winn shows us that the American Dream's continued glorification in contemporary Hollywood cinema should not be ignored. The book explicates three major themes surrounding the American Dream in contemporary Hollywood cinema and relates those findings to the United States' social and cultural changes in the last 25 years. Through his thoughtful analysis of films as diverse as Working Girl, Titanic, Pretty Woman, Flashdance, The Firm, Good Will Hunting, Saturday Night Fever, Wall Street and many others, Winn shows that contemporary Hollywood is very much in the business of keeping the Dream alive.

Hitchcock's Moral Gaze

Author: R. Barton Palmer,Homer B. Pettey ,Steven M. Sanders

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438463863


Page: 342

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Offers new and compelling perspectives on the deeply moral nature of Hitchcock’s films. In his essays and interviews, Alfred Hitchcock was guarded about substantive matters of morality, preferring instead to focus on discussions of technique. That has not, however, discouraged scholars and critics from trying to work out what his films imply about such moral matters as honesty, fidelity, jealousy, courage, love, and loyalty. Through discussions and analyses of such films as Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Frenzy, the contributors to this book strive to throw light on the way Hitchcock depicts a moral—if not amoral or immoral—world. Drawing on perspectives from film studies, philosophy, literature, and other disciplines, they offer new and compelling interpretations of the filmmaker’s moral gaze and the inflection point it provides for modern cinema.

Accidentally on Purpose

Reflections on Life, Acting, and the Nine Natural Laws of Creativity

Author: John Strasberg

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557833587

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

View: 978

(Applause Books). An exploration into the mysteries of creativity in life and art. Powerfully written of life, families, fathers, mothers, sons, of the price of talent and the burden of fame.

French New Wave

Author: Jean Douchet

Publisher: Hazan Editeur


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

View: 817

On the new wave movement in French cinema.

Flickers of Film

Nostalgia in the Time of Digital Cinema

Author: Jason Sperb

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813576032

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Whether paying tribute to silent films in Hugo and The Artist or celebrating arcade games in Tron: Legacy and Wreck-It-Ralph, Hollywood suddenly seems to be experiencing a wave of intense nostalgia for outmoded technologies. To what extent is that a sincere lament for modes of artistic production that have nearly vanished in an all-digital era? And to what extent is it simply a cynical marketing ploy, built on the notion that nostalgia has always been one of Hollywood’s top-selling products? In Flickers of Film, Jason Sperb offers nuanced and unexpected answers to these questions, examining the benefits of certain types of film nostalgia, while also critiquing how Hollywood’s nostalgic representations of old technologies obscure important aspects of their histories. He interprets this affection for the prehistory and infancy of digital technologies in relation to an industry-wide anxiety about how the digital has grown to dominate Hollywood, pushing it into an uncertain creative and economic future. Yet he also suggests that Hollywood’s nostalgia for old technologies ignores the professionals who once employed them, as well as the labor opportunities that have been lost through the computerization and outsourcing of film industry jobs. Though it deals with nostalgia, Flickers of Film is strikingly cutting-edge, one of the first studies to critically examine Pixar’s role in the film industry, cinematic representations of videogames, and the economic effects of participatory culture. As he takes in everything from Terminator: Salvation to The Lego Movie, Sperb helps us see what’s distinct about this recent wave of self-aware nostalgic films—how Hollywood nostalgia today isn’t what it used to be.

Mimesis, masochism, & mime

the politics of theatricality in contemporary French thought

Author: Timothy Murray

Publisher: Chilton Book Co

ISBN: 9780472096350

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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In the first collection of its kind, Timothy Murray brings together in English translation essays by leading French writers, introducing the Anglo-American theater community to the French debate over theatricality and representation -- a debate that has seriously altered European perspectives on literature and language and has slowly begun to affect the pedagogy and practice of theater internationally. Mimesis, Masochism, and Mime includes essays by Louis Althusser, Charles Carmello, Helene Cixous, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Regis Durand, Frantz Fanon, Josette Feral, Michel Foucault, Rene Girard, Andre Green, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Phillipe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Louis Marin. Bringing varying psychological and philosophical views to bear on the historical and contemporary contexts of performance, film, and video, the contributors provide astute commentaries on Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Artaud, as well as fascinating analyses of more recent mixed-media performance from the European stage to the site of North American performance.


Or, The Children's Crusade, a Duty-dance with Death

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 0385333846

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

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Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present

John Huston

Courage and Art

Author: Jeffrey Meyers

Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: 0307590674

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 475

View: 7409

Recounts the life of the influential director, writer, and actor and offers insight into his professional achievements as well as his extensive hobbies, five marriages, and homes in Mexico and Ireland.

Brecht on Theatre

The Development of an Aesthetic

Author: Bertolt Brecht,John Willett

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0809005425

Category: Drama

Page: 294

View: 9091

Selections from the celebrated German playwright's writings on the nature and direction of twentieth-century drama

Psychoanalysis and Cinema

Author: E. Ann Kaplan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113521316X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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These fifteen carefully chosen essays by well-known scholars demonstrate the vitality and variety of psychoanalytic film criticism, as well as the crucial role feminist theory has played in its development. Among the films discussed are Duel in the Sun, The Best Years of Our Lives, Three Faces of Eve, Tender is the Night, Pandora's Box, Secrets of the Soul, and the works of Jacques Tourneur (director of The Cat People and other features).