Political Economy Goes to the Movies

Political Economy Goes to the Movies

This is achieved through the lens of past and present economic theories and in the context of debates over the dynamic influence of economics on individual life chances.

Author: SATYANANDA J. GABRIEL

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1138298360

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Page: 224

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Political Economy Goes to the Movies provides an introduction to political economy using a wide range of popular films and documentaries as the objects of analysis. The work helps readers to understand and analyze the economic and related political, cultural, and ecological relationships depicted in selected films. This is achieved through the lens of past and present economic theories and in the context of debates over the dynamic influence of economics on individual life chances. Film may have more to teach us about the real world than the abstractions of certain economic theories. A world of income inequality, child labor in mills and mines, local rebellions against land seizures, and wars triggered by economic conflicts provide the context for many films mirroring real world events. Some films depict the interacting and intersecting political, economic, cultural, and ecological contexts within and between variant economic relationships, where other films show "catastrophes" such as economic depressions, disruptive social transitions, violent revolutions, and existential environmental degradation - a world in disequilibrium. Films allow us to see a panoply of human social relationships and related problems, even to explore cataclysmic moments in our species life, but not to necessarily see the why of these relationships and problems. Simultaneously, mainstream economics has severe constraints on what can be analysed. Film exposes this weakness of the mainstream model. Twelve Years a Slave, Trumbo, The Big Short and others are analyzed for their realism by referencing documented historical social events, and behavioral economics provides further data for analyzing the realism of social interaction within the films. Exploring events and contexts absent from the typical economics text or the basic level economics classes, this work is essential reading for students and scholars of political economy in both economics and politics departments, as well as those of pluralist economics and Marxist economics.
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Marxism Goes to the Movies

Marxism Goes to the Movies

Clear and concise in its arguments, this is an ideal introduction for students of Marxism and film, inviting readers to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Author: Mike Wayne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317194798

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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Introducing the key concepts and thinkers within the Marxist tradition, Marxism Goes to the Movies demonstrates their relevance to film theory and practice past and present. Author Mike Wayne argues that Marxist filmmaking has engaged with and transformed this popular medium, developing its potential for stimulating revolutionary consciousness. As the crisis of capitalism deepens, this history and these resources are vital for a better future. Marxism is one of the few approaches that can bring together political, economic, formal and cultural analysis into a unified approach of studying film, and how films in turn can help us understand and even critically interrogate these forces. The book examines how filmmakers, who have been influenced by Marxism, have made some of the most significant contributions to film culture globally, and provides historical perspective on the development of Marxism and film. Each chapter covers a broad theme that is broken down into sections that are cross-referenced throughout, providing helpful navigation of the material. Clear and concise in its arguments, this is an ideal introduction for students of Marxism and film, inviting readers to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject.
Categories: Social Science

Neoliberalism and Global Cinema

Neoliberalism and Global Cinema

The premise of this book is that the cultural and economic logic of neoliberalism, i.e., the radical financialization and market-driven calculations, of all facets of society are symptoms best understood by Marxist theory and its analysis ...

Author: Jyotsna Kapur

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136701481

Category: Art

Page: 370

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In cinema studies today, rarely do we find a direct investigation into the culture of capitalism and how it has been refracted and fabricated in global cinema production under neoliberalism. However, the current economic crisis and the subsequent Wall Street bailout in 2008 have brought about a worldwide skepticism regarding the last four decades of economic restructuring and the culture that has accompanied it. In this edited volume, an international ensemble of scholars looks at neoliberalism, both as culture and political economy, in the various cinemas of the world. In essays encompassing the cinemas of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States the authors outline how the culture and subjectivities engendered by neoliberalism have been variously performed, contested, and reinforced in these cinemas. The premise of this book is that the cultural and economic logic of neoliberalism, i.e., the radical financialization and market-driven calculations, of all facets of society are symptoms best understood by Marxist theory and its analysis of the central antagonisms and contradictions of capital. Taking a variety of approaches, ranging from political economy, ideological critique, the intersection of aesthetics and politics, social history and critical-cultural theory, this volume offers a fresh, broad-based Marxist analysis of contemporary film/media. Topics include: the global albeit antagonistic nature of neoliberal culture; the search for a new aesthetic and documentary language; the contestation between labor and capital in cultural producion; the political economy of hollywood, and questions of gender, sexuality, and the nation state in relation to neoliberalism.
Categories: Art

American History Goes to the Movies

American History Goes to the Movies

Clover argues that possession films reverse the onesex model where the female ... 4 The historiography on Jeffersonian ideology and political economy is, ...

Author: W. Bryan Rommel Ruiz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136845390

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 148

Whether they prefer blockbusters, historical dramas, or documentaries, people learn much of what they know about history from the movies. In American History Goes to the Movies, W. Bryan Rommel-Ruiz shows how popular representations of historic events shape the way audiences understand the history of the United States, including American representations of race and gender, and stories of immigration, especially the familiar narrative of the American Dream. Using films from many different genres, American History Goes to the Movies draws together movies that depict the Civil War, the Wild West, the assassination of JFK, and the events of 9/11, from The Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind to The Exorcist and United 93, to show how viewers use movies to make sense of the past, addressing not only how we render history for popular enjoyment, but also how Hollywood’s renderings of America influence the way Americans see themselves and how they make sense of the world.
Categories: History

Political economy L D Singell ed

Political economy  L  D  Singell  ed

... index of units of commodities per unit of time . It is clearly therefore related to
the rate at which entropy is being segregated in economic processes . ...
formation as the building of a dam . When we go to a movie we build a state of
mind called ...

Author: Kenneth Ewart Boulding

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105015208155

Category: Economics

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Categories: Economics

Film Theory Goes to the Movies

Film Theory Goes to the Movies

When such allusive but isolated ethnographic comments are not placed in an analytical framework that tracks the social, political, economic, religious, ...

Author: Jim Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135216450

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 287

Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train, and Jungle Fever. They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist theory, as well as recent developments in African American and gay and lesbian criticism. An important introduction to contemporary Hollywood, this anthology will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.
Categories: Social Science

Political Economy Capitalism and Popular Culture

Political Economy  Capitalism  and Popular Culture

Yet, as the many films about lost cities, buried pirate hoards, and gold mines ... the rest of the group comes close to being killed several times.

Author: Ronnie D. Lipschutz

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780742567887

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

View: 716

This entertaining and enlightening book provides a guide to basic concepts and practices in capitalism, neoclassical economics, and political economy through an interpretation of popular films and novels of the past sixty years. Including works as varied as The Matrix, Lord of the Flies, The Dark Knight, Fight Club, and The Return of Martin Guerre, Ronnie D. Lipschutz describes and analyzes their essential role in the production and reproduction of contemporary society. His thoughtful and imaginative critique will bring to life the concepts and practices of economics and political economy for all readers.
Categories: Political Science

Criminology Goes to the Movies

Criminology Goes to the Movies

toward members ofits own group rather than the political economy—a phenomenon depicted in Do the Right Thing. In the early 1970s, the best-known conflict ...

Author: Nicole Rafter

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814777411

Category: Law

Page: 236

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From a look at classics like Psycho and Double Indemnity to recent films like Traffic and Thelma & Louise, Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown show that criminological theory is produced not only in the academy, through scholarly research, but also in popular culture, through film. Criminology Goes to the Movies connects with ways in which students are already thinking criminologically through engagements with popular culture, encouraging them to use the everyday world as a vehicle for theorizing and understanding both crime and perceptions of criminality. The first work to bring a systematic and sophisticated criminological perspective to bear on crime films, Rafter and Brown’s book provides a fresh way of looking at cinema, using the concepts and analytical tools of criminology to uncover previously unnoticed meanings in film, ultimately making the study of criminological theory more engaging and effective for students while simultaneously demonstrating how theories of crime circulate in our mass-mediated worlds. The result is an illuminating new way of seeing movies and a delightful way of learning about criminology. Instructor's Guide
Categories: Law

J Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies

J  Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies

However, as opposed to her “Textbook of Americanism,” Rand's Screen Guide delved further into questions of political economy, extolling the virtues of ...

Author: John Sbardellati

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801464218

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Between 1942 and 1958, J. Edgar Hoover's Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a sweeping and sustained investigation of the motion picture industry to expose Hollywood's alleged subversion of "the American Way" through its depiction of social problems, class differences, and alternative political ideologies. FBI informants (their names still redacted today) reported to Hoover's G-men on screenplays and screenings of such films as Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), noting that "this picture deliberately maligned the upper class attempting to show that people who had money were mean and despicable characters." The FBI's anxiety over this film was not unique; it extended to a wide range of popular and critical successes, including The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Crossfire (1947) and On the Waterfront (1954). In J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies, John Sbardellati provides a new consideration of Hollywood's history and the post-World War II Red Scare. In addition to governmental intrusion into the creative process, he details the efforts of left-wing filmmakers to use the medium to bring social problems to light and the campaigns of their colleagues on the political right, through such organizations as the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, to prevent dissemination of "un-American" ideas and beliefs. Sbardellati argues that the attack on Hollywood drew its motivation from a sincerely held fear that film content endangered national security by fostering a culture that would be at best apathetic to the Cold War struggle at best, or, at its worst, conducive to communism at home. Those who took part in Hollywood's Cold War struggle, whether on the left or right, shared one common trait: a belief that the movies could serve as engines for social change. This strongly held assumption explains why the stakes were so high and, ultimately, why Hollywood became one of the most important ideological battlegrounds of the Cold War.
Categories: Performing Arts

Emerson Goes to the Movies

Emerson Goes to the Movies

Especially that Emerson himself wrote about economies in the most blatantly laissez-faire terms: The basis of political economy is non-interference.

Author: Justyna Fruzińska

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443869157

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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Emerson Goes to the Movies: Individualism in Walt Disney Company's Post-1989 Animated Films traces the theme of Emersonian individualism in the Walt Disney Company’s post-1989 animated films, to reveal that the philosopher’s influence extends not only over American literature, but also over American popular culture, in this case Disney cartoons. It proves that individualism in its Emersonian formulation of self-reliance, even if questionable in late 20th and 21st century literature, is still very much alive in popular culture. Disney films are heavy with ideology and American national myths, and, because of their educational role, it seems relevant to acknowledge this dimension and discuss the sources of the Disney worldview. This book, instead of focusing on Disney’s influence upon its audience, concerns rather what influences Disney, how Disney reflects the American mentality, and how the idea of individualism is depicted in the Company’s particular films. The principal way of reading particular Disney films is the Cultural Studies approach. Thus, the book presents Romantic individualism with reference to such categories as race, gender, class, and imperialism. The idea behind such an approach is to see how various cultural fields intersect with individualism: whether individualism means the same for men and women; whether, as an American ideology, it succeeds at erasing differences when applied to exotic and non-individualist cultures; whether the individual turns out to be stronger than all social divides; and whether individualism can be seen as informing the American mentality on a national scale.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics

Organised into eight sections - Approaches to Film and Politics; Film, Activism and Opposition; Film, Propaganda, Ideology and the State; The Politics of Mobility; Political Hollywood; Alternative and Independent Film and Politics; The ...

Author: Yannis Tzioumakis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317392460

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 528

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The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics brings together forty essays by leading film scholars and filmmakers in order to discuss the complex relationship between cinema and politics. Organised into eight sections - Approaches to Film and Politics; Film, Activism and Opposition; Film, Propaganda, Ideology and the State; The Politics of Mobility; Political Hollywood; Alternative and Independent Film and Politics; The Politics of Cine-geographies and The Politics of Documentary - this collection covers a broad range of topics, including: third cinema, cinema after 9/11, eco-activism, human rights, independent Chinese documentary, film festivals, manifestoes, film policies, film as a response to the post-2008 financial crisis, Soviet propaganda, the impact of neoliberalism on cinema, and many others. It foregrounds the key debates, concepts, approaches and case studies that critique and explain the complex relationship between politics and cinema, discussing films from around the world and including examples from film history as well as contemporary cinema. It also explores the wider relationship between politics and entertainment, examines cinema’s response to political and social transformations and questions the extent to which filmmaking, itself, is a political act.
Categories: Performing Arts

Splatter Capital

Splatter Capital

Synopsis: Splatter Capital argues that the emphatically messy brand of horror mobilized in gore films is extremely responsive to the internal contradictions that threaten the future sustainability of capitalist accumulation.

Author: Mark Steven

Publisher:

ISBN: 1525246003

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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Argues that the ''''''''splatter'''''''' genre of horror movies are more than just 'video nasties'''''''' and should be looked at in light of their politically subversive content. Will be of interest to fans of 70s and 80s horror movies (and sub-genres like 'splatter', 'slasher' & 'gore') and anyone interested in political takes on film and culture. Marketing plans include social media campaign utilising clips & stills from key films, academic marketing to cultural/film studies departments, author essays and extracts in key publications and tie in screenings & events. Synopsis: Splatter Capital argues that the emphatically messy brand of horror mobilized in gore films is extremely responsive to the internal contradictions that threaten the future sustainability of capitalist accumulation. Splatter Capital sheds light on the revolutionary potential of cinema and how it reflects, even and especially in its margins, the economic and political fears of its day. In doing so it acts as a source of both theoretical and practical knowledge for surviving the horror movie we collectively inhabit.
Categories: Political Science

Hollywood Economics

Hollywood Economics

Movies expected to perform well can flop, whilst independent movies with low budgets can be wildly successful. In this text, De Vany casts his eye over all aspects of the business to present some intriguing conclusions.

Author: Arthur S. De Vany

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415312612

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

View: 336

Movies expected to perform well can flop, whilst independent movies with low budgets can be wildly successful. In this text, De Vany casts his eye over all aspects of the business to present some intriguing conclusions.
Categories: Business & Economics

War Movies and Economics

War Movies and Economics

Journal of Political Economy 83,807–828. Samaras, M. 2014. “Learn Economics by Going to the Movies.” Journal of Education and Human Development 3, 459–470.

Author: Laura J. Ahlstrom

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000072198

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 106

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War Movies and Economics: Lessons from Hollywood’s Adaptations of Military Conflict applies ongoing research in the relatively new genre of economics in popular media to Hollywood’s war movies. Whether inadvertently or purposefully, these movies provide numerous examples of how economic principles often play an important role in military conflict. The authors of the chapters included in this edited collection work to illustrate economics lessons portrayed in adaptations such as Band of Brothers, Conspiracy, The Dirty Dozen, Dunkirk, Memphis Belle, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Spartacus, Stalag 17, and Valkyrie. Aspects of these stories show how key economic principles of scarcity, limited resources, and incentives play important roles in military conflict. The movies also provide an avenue for discussion of the economics of public goods provision, the modern economic theory of bureaucracy, and various game-theoretic concepts such as strategic moves and commitment devices. Where applicable, lessons from closely related fields such as management are also provided. This book is ideal reading for students of economics looking for an approachable route to understanding basic principles of economics and game theory. It is also accessible to amateur and professional historians, and any reader interested in popular culture as it relates to television, movies, and military history.
Categories: Business & Economics

American Political Culture An Encyclopedia 3 volumes

American Political Culture  An Encyclopedia  3 volumes

Issues in Political Economy 11:54–66. Pew Research Center. 2006. “Increasingly, Americans Prefer Going to the Movies at Home.

Author: Mark J. Rozell

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610693783

Category: Political Science

Page: 1311

View: 446

This all-encompassing encyclopedia provides a broad perspective on U.S. politics, culture, and society, but also goes beyond the facts to consider the myths, ideals, and values that help shape and define the nation. • Offers approximately 225 entries covering U.S. politics, culture, society, and beliefs • Includes an introductory overview of the forces that have shaped and continue to shape American political culture and a concluding essay that gathers key thematic threads and looks toward the future • Covers the myriad ways in which American political culture influences other aspects of American society • Examines how cultural symbols and beliefs are manipulated to advance political interests and establish government authority • Connects new issues such as social media and sexual politics with the political culture
Categories: Political Science

Me Jane

Me Jane

The pleasures of cinema-going are also celebrated.

Author: Pat Kirkham

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0312127677

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 687

The pleasures of cinema-going are also celebrated. With magnificent scope, discussing patriarchy and power, bodies and transgression, identity and worldly success, the essayists by turn swoon in the beefy arms of Albert Finney, are fixed by Jean Gabin's expressive eyes or become infatuated with Clint Eastwood's voice.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Cinematic Mode of Production

The Cinematic Mode of Production

A revolutionary reconceptualization of capital and perception during the twentieth century.

Author: Jonathan Beller

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781611683820

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 636

A revolutionary reconceptualization of capital and perception during the twentieth century.
Categories: Performing Arts

Empire and Film

Empire and Film

'This important new volume reconstructs the forms of production, distribution and exhibition of films made in and about the colonies.

Author: Lee Grieveson

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: 1844574229

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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In these two volumes of original essays, scholars from around the world address the history of British colonial cinema stretching from the emergence of cinema at the height of imperialism around the turn of the century to the separate moments of decolonization, the ending of formal imperialism, in the post-Second World War period. The books explore the interplay of political control and cultural representation in the late colonial period. Collectively, the authors gathered together here trace out the various ways cinema was used in projects of colonial governance and show how cinema became important to the setting in place of ideological and affective structures that continue to resonate in the world of today. At its height, after 1919 when swathes of German East Africa fell to the UK in the form of the League of Nations Mandates, the British Empire claimed 58 countries, 400 million subjects, and 14 million square miles of ground. Cultural work would be central to the maintenance and governance of this diverse political space. The production, distribution, and exhibition of film was quickly aligned with this task, and was utilized by State and industrial and philanthropic institutions to further colonial projects, to shape the subject positions of colonizer and colonized, to demarcate between 'civilzed' and 'uncivilized' and codify difference, and to foster a political economy of imperialism that was predicated on distinctions between core and periphery. The first volume, Film and Empire, concentrates on the years 1895-1939 that encompass, broadly speaking, the enmeshing of cinema and the expansion and consolidation of empire. It begins with two essays that offer new perspectives on the conceptual and historical terrain of colonial cinema. Authors then address the emergence of cinema in the context of an imperial world system; the establishment and consolidation of State financed documentary cinema; philanthropic and educational formations of colonial cinema; industrial sponsored film; amateur and missionary production; and aspects of fictional cinema's engagement with empire.
Categories: Performing Arts

Political Economy Capitalism and Popular Culture

Political Economy  Capitalism  and Popular Culture

Including works as varied as The Matrix, Lord of the Flies, The Dark Knight, Fight Club, and The Return of Martin Guerre, Ronnie D. Lipschutz describes and analyzes their essential role in the production and reproduction of contemporary ...

Author: Ronnie D. Lipschutz

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742556514

Category: Political Science

Page: 219

View: 207

This entertaining and enlightening book provides a guide to basic concepts and practices in capitalism, neoclassical economics, and political economy through an interpretation of popular films and novels of the past sixty years. Including works as varied as The Matrix, Lord of the Flies, The Dark Knight, Fight Club, and The Return of Martin Guerre, Ronnie D. Lipschutz describes and analyzes their essential role in the production and reproduction of contemporary society. His thoughtful and imaginative critique will bring to life the concepts and practices of economics and political economy for all readers.
Categories: Political Science

The Representation of Economics in Cinema

The Representation of Economics in Cinema

This book offers a sweeping study of the representation of economics in cinema across a wide range of areas and genres, from the conflicts over resources in the lawless Old West to the post-scarcity societies of science fiction futures.

Author: Santiago Sanchez-Pages

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 3030801802

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 190

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Cinema articulates the economic anxieties of each generation of filmmakers and audiences. It has an influence on people’s views on many economic issues many orders of magnitude larger than that of economics as a discipline. This book offers a sweeping study of the representation of economics in cinema across a wide range of areas and genres, from the conflicts over resources in the lawless Old West to the post-scarcity societies of science fiction futures. The Representation of Economics in Cinema studies how films have portrayed trade unions, scarcity, money, businesses, innovators, migrant workers, working women, globalization, the stock market, and the automation of work. It aims to be useful to those who are interested in cinema with economic themes and to those who want to learn about economics and the world they live in through cinema.
Categories: Business & Economics