The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture

From Marie Antoinette to The Social Network, the pieces in this volume critically examine the place of the biopic within ongoing debates about how cinema can and should represent history and "real lives.

Author: Tom Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135950309

Category: Social Science

Page: 314

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The biographical film or biopic is a staple of film production in all major film industries and yet, within film studies, its generic, aesthetic, and cultural significance has remained underexplored. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture fills this gap, conceptualizing the biopic with a particular eye toward the "life" of the genre internationally. New theoretical approaches combine with specially commissioned chapters on contemporary biographical film production in India, Italy, South Korea, France, Russia, Great Britain, and the US, in order to present a selective but well-rounded portrait of the biopic’s place in film culture. From Marie Antoinette to The Social Network, the pieces in this volume critically examine the place of the biopic within ongoing debates about how cinema can and should represent history and "real lives." Contributors discuss the biopic’s grounding in the conventions of the historical film, and explore the genre’s defining traits as well as its potential for innovation. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture expands the critical boundaries of this evolving, versatile genre.
Categories: Social Science

Whose Lives Are They Anyway

Whose Lives Are They Anyway

Whose Lives Are They Anyway? boldly proves a critical point: The biopic is a genuine, dynamic genre and an important one—it narrates, exhibits, and celebrates a subject's life and demonstrates, investigates, or questions his or her ...

Author: Dennis Bingham

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813549302

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

View: 395

The biopic presents a profound paradox—its own conventions and historical stages of development, disintegration, investigation, parody, and revival have not gained respect in the world of film studies. That is, until now. Whose Lives Are They Anyway? boldly proves a critical point: The biopic is a genuine, dynamic genre and an important one—it narrates, exhibits, and celebrates a subject's life and demonstrates, investigates, or questions his or her importance in the world; it illuminates the finer points of a personality; and, ultimately, it provides a medium for both artist and spectator to discover what it would be like to be that person, or a certain type of person. Through detailed analyses and critiques of nearly twenty biopics, Dennis Bingham explores what is at their core—the urge to dramatize real life and find a version of the truth within it. The genre's charge, which dates back to the salad days of the Hollywood studio era, is to introduce the biographical subject into the pantheon of cultural mythology and, above all, to show that he or she belongs there. It means to discover what we learn about our culture from the heroes who rise and the leaders who emerge from cinematic representations. Bingham also zooms in on distinctions between cinematic portrayals of men and women. Films about men have evolved from celebratory warts-and-all to investigatory to postmodern and parodic. At the same time, women in biopics have been burdened by myths of suffering, victimization, and failure from which they are only now being liberated. To explore the evolution and lifecycle changes of the biopic and develop an appreciation for subgenres contained within it, there is no better source than Whose Lives Are They Anyway?
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A Companion to the Biopic

A Companion to the Biopic

Facebooking the Present: The biopic and cultural instantaneity. In: The Biopic in
Contemporary Film Culture (ed. Tom Brown and Belén Vidal), 35–51. Routledge.
Theophano, Janet. (2003). Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives Through the ...

Author: Deborah Cartmell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119554813

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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The most comprehensive reference text of theoretical and historical discourse on the biopic film The biopic, often viewed as the most reviled of all film genres, traces its origins to the early silent era over a century ago. Receiving little critical attention, biopics are regularly dismissed as superficial, formulaic, and disrespectful of history. Film critics, literary scholars and historians tend to believe that biopics should be artistic, yet accurate, true-to-life representations of their subjects. Moviegoing audiences, however, do not seem to hold similar views; biopics continue to be popular, commercially viable films. Even the genre’s most ardent detractors will admit that these films are often very watchable, particularly due to the performance of the lead actor. It is increasingly common for stars of biographical films to garner critical praise and awards, driving a growing interest in scholarship in the genre. A Companion to the Biopic is the first global and authoritative reference on the subject. Offering theoretical, historical, thematic, and performance-based approaches, this unique volume brings together the work of top scholars to discuss the coverage of the lives of authors, politicians, royalty, criminals, and pop stars through the biopic film. Chapters explore evolving attitudes and divergent perspectives on the genre with topics such as the connections between biopics and literary melodramas, the influence financial concerns have on aesthetic, social, or moral principles, the merger of historical narratives with Hollywood biographies, stereotypes and criticisms of the biopic genre, and more. This volume: Provides a systematic, in-depth analysis of the biopic and considers how the choice of historical subject reflects contemporary issues Places emphasis on films that portray race and gender issues Explores the uneven boundaries of the genre by addressing what is and is not a biopic as well as the ways in which films simultaneously embrace and defy historical authenticity Examines the distinction between reality and ‘the real’ in biographical films Offers a chronological survey of biopics from the beginning of the 20th century A Companion to the Biopic is a valuable resource for researchers, scholars, and students of history, film studies, and English literature, as well as those in disciplines that examine interpretations of historical figures
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Representing Royalty

Representing Royalty

biopics of the studio era, film scholar George Custen introduced a very basic
definition of the biopic: “the life of a historical ... In her collection The Biopic in
Contemporary Film Culture (2014), Belén Vidal therefore claims that “[t]he time is
 ...

Author: Julia Kinzler

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527514966

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 347

View: 151

Since the early days of cinema, filmmakers have been intrigued by the lives and loves of British monarchs. The most recent productions by ITV and Netflix show that the fascination with British royalty continues unabated both in Britain and around the world. This book examines strategies of representing power and the staging of myths of power in seven popular films about British monarchs that were made after the mid-1990s revival of the “royal biopic” genre. By combining approaches from cultural studies with concepts and theories from the humanities, such as film studies and art history, it offers a comprehensive understanding of the cinematic portraits of royalty. In addition, the volume opens up new perspectives on how meaning is generated in films about the monarchy and on the connections between the biographical narratives. The introductory chapter to the case studies reviews the different academic positions on representations of royalty, provides a toolkit for studying the subject and demonstrates ways to approach the films. The book addresses questions of historical context and goes beyond a mere exploration of historical accuracy to reveal the films’ underlying ideological aims. As such, it makes a distinctive new contribution to the growing body of interdisciplinary work on the British monarchy in general and its cinematic representations in particular. It is the first monograph about representational mechanisms of royal identities and British past(s) in royal films such as Elizabeth, The Queen and The King’s Speech.
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Figuring the Past

Figuring the Past

Figuring the past" geeft een nieuwe kijk op kostuumdrama's die aan het begin van deze eeuw gemaakt zijn en onderzoekt de manieren waarop de hedendaagse cinema het historische verleden herschept.

Author: Belén Vidal

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789089642820

Category: Art

Page: 256

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Figuring the past" geeft een nieuwe kijk op kostuumdrama's die aan het begin van deze eeuw gemaakt zijn en onderzoekt de manieren waarop de hedendaagse cinema het historische verleden herschept. De auteur verkent de relatie tussen visuele motieven en culturele representaties in een aantal belangrijke films van onder anderen James Ivory, Martin Scorsese en Jane Campion. Door te kijken naar de maniëristische voorkeur voor citatie, detail en stilering, pleit de auteur voor een esthetiek van fragmenten en figuren die centraal staan in de historische kostuumdrama's als een0internationaal genre. In gedetailleerde casestudies worden drie belangrijke kenmerken van het genre - het huis, het tableau en de brief - in relatie gebracht met de veranderende begrippen van visuele stijl, melodrama en geslacht.
Categories: Art

Bio pics

Bio pics

Enhanced by charts, appendixes, notes, and references to approximately 300 movies from 1927 to 1960 (with additional material on the biopics' absorption by contemporary television), this volume analyzes biographical film production, ...

Author: George Frederick Custen

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813517559

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Enhanced by charts, appendixes, notes, and references to approximately 300 movies from 1927 to 1960 (with additional material on the biopics' absorption by contemporary television), this volume analyzes biographical film production, distribution, and exhibition under the constraints of censorship, libel law, producer proclivities, and casting. Custen (communications, CUNY) explains why biographies of entertainers proliferated after World War II, how studio moguls fostered biographical narratives similar to their own rags-to-riches stories, and to what extent research departments affected veracity. A good addition to a scant literature that includes Michael Pitts's Hollywood and American History (McFarland & Co., 1984) and George MacDonald Fraser's The Hollywood History of the World ( LJ 9/15/88). Essential for comprehensive film collections. Movie Entertainment Book Club selection.
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A Companion to the Historical Film

A Companion to the Historical Film

Broad in scope, this interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on historical film features essays that explore the many facets of this expanding field and provide a platform for promising avenues of research.

Author: Robert A. Rosenstone

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119169574

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 592

View: 401

Broad in scope, this interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on historical film features essays that explore the many facets of this expanding field and provide a platform for promising avenues of research. Offers a unique collection of cutting edge research that questions the intention behind and influence of historical film Essays range in scope from inclusive broad-ranging subjects such as political contexts, to focused assessments of individual films and auteurs Prefaced with an introductory survey of the field by its two distinguished editors Features interdisciplinary contributions from scholars in the fields of History, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural and Literary Studies
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Adaptation Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic

Adaptation  Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic

Beginning with the premise that the biopic is a form of adaptation and an example of intermediality, this collection examines the multiplicity of 'source texts' and the convergence of different media in this genre, alongside the concurrent ...

Author: Márta Minier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317185550

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

View: 433

Beginning with the premise that the biopic is a form of adaptation and an example of intermediality, this collection examines the multiplicity of 'source texts' and the convergence of different media in this genre, alongside the concurrent issues of fidelity and authenticity that accompany this form. The contributors focus on big and small screen biopics of British celebrities from the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, attending to their myth-making and myth-breaking potential. Related topics are the contemporary British biopic's participation in the production and consumption of celebrated lives, and the biopic's generic fluidity and hybridity as evidenced in its relationship to such forms as the bio-docudrama. Offering case studies of film biographies of literary and cultural icons, including Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales, John Lennon, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Beau Brummel, Carrington and Beatrix Potter, the essays address how British identity and heritage are interrogated in the (re)telling and showing of these lives, and how the reimagining of famous lives for the screen is influenced by recent processes of manufacturing celebrity.
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Contemporary British Cinema

Contemporary British Cinema

The so - called “ heritage debate ' that ensued amongst scholars of British film
culture initially called attention to their political implications , with some
commentators deeming them to be nostalgic and conservative within the context
of ...

Author: James Leggott

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: UOM:39015077642745

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 148

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Using a wide range of film from the Blair era as case studies, this book examines ways in which recent British filmmaking might be regarded as distinctive, relevant and successful.
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Why Docudrama

Why Docudrama

Released with increasing regularity from the earliest days of the cinema to the
end of the studio era , the biopic played a powerful part in ... From its cultural high
- water mark in the William Dieterle - Paul Muni greatman cycle at Warners in the
1930s ( the lives of Émile ... Today , it is seen most frequently on cable channels
like AMC or TNT , in a rare contemporary form like The Doors ( 1991 ) or Sweet ...

Author: Alan Rosenthal

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015046885276

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 387

View: 551

Defining and examining the rationale of docudrama, the nine essayists in the first part discuss the history and development of docudrama on TV and in film; they also consider the place of truth in docudrama, the main critiques of the form, and the audience's susceptibilities and expectations. In investigating the actual filmmaking process, the eight essays in the second part focus on how "docudrama as a 'commodity' is created in the United States and England." Part essay, part case study, and part interview, this section also explores how Hollywood and the commercial networks as well as producers and writers work and think. The final part presents an in-depth critique of a number of controversial docudramas that have helped form and shape public opinion, including Battleship Potemkin, Roots, Reds, JFK, Mississippi Burning, Schindler's List, and In the Name of the Father.
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Heritage Film

Heritage Film

The British heritage film : nation and representation -- Production cycles and cultural significance : a European heritage film? -- Narrative aesthetics and gentered histories : renewing the heritage film -- Afterword: tradition and change.

Author: Belén Vidal

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231162036

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 150

View: 596

This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical debates around the heritage film, from its controversial status in British cinema of the 1980s to its expansion into a versatile international genre in the 1990s and 2000s. This study explores the heritage film in light of questions of national identity in film and television, industry and funding, and history, gender and representation. Using a wide range of examples and including an in-depth analysis of three case studies - Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Joyeux Noël (2005) and The Queen (2006) - this book presents the heritage film as a thriving phenomenon at the centre of contemporary European cinema.
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Film s Musical Moments

Film s Musical Moments

The scope of this collection is indicative of the breadth and diversity of music's role in cinema, as is its emphasis on musical contributions to 'non-musical' films.

Author: Ian Conrich

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748627271

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 428

The scope of this collection is indicative of the breadth and diversity of music's role in cinema, as is its emphasis on musical contributions to 'non-musical' films. By bringing together chapters that are concerned both with the relationship between performance, music and film and the specificity of national, historical, social, and cultural contexts, Film's Musical Moments will be of equal importance to students of film studies, cultural studies and music. The book is organised into four sections: Music, Film, Culture focuses on cinema representations of music forms; Stars, Performance and Reception explores stars, fan cultures and intertextuality; The Post-Classical Hollywood Musical considers the importance of popular music to contemporary cinema; and Beyond Hollywood looks to specific national contexts.
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Genre and Hollywood

Genre and Hollywood

Steve Neale here discusses all the major concepts, theories and accounts of Hollywood and genre, as well as key genres which theorists have written about, from horror to the Western.

Author: Stephen Neale

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415026062

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 136

Genre and Hollywood provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of genre. In this important new book, Steve Neale discusses all the major concepts, theories and accounts of Hollywood and genre, as well as the key genres which theorists have written about, from horror to the Western. He also puts forward new arguments about the importance of genre in understanding Hollywood cinema. Neale takes issue with much genre criticism and genre theory, which has provided only a partial and misleading account of Hollywood's output. He calls for broader and more flexible conceptions of genre and genres, for more attention to be paid to the discourses and practices of Hollywood itself, for the nature and range of Hollywood's films to be looked at in more detail, and for any assessment of the social and cultural significance of Hollywood's genres to take account of industrial factors. In detailed, revisionist accounts of two major genres - film noir and melodrama - Neale argues that genre remains an important and productive means of thinking about both New and old Hollywood, its history, its audiences and its films.
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Contemporary American Cinema

Contemporary American Cinema

... the big - screen rendition of comicbook character Dick Tracy ( 1990 ) and the
biopic of the founder of Las Vegas Bugsy Segal ( Bugsy , 1991 ) , as well as a
walk ... References Belton , J . ( 1994 ) American Cinema / American Culture . ... (
1990 ) Camera Politica : The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood
Film .

Author: Linda Ruth Williams

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015064728861

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 548

View: 122

The first complete study of mainstream and nontraditional film since 1960 Indispensable to film students and general readers interested in this art form, Contemporary American Cinema culls together the writings of the world's leading film scholars to provide the first comprehensive introduction to postclassical American film. Heavily illustrated with more than 50 color and black-and-white stills, it takes a close look at all aspects of the genre, including influential movies, directors, producers, and actors. This unique and accessible resource includes two Tables of Contents, allowing readers to research chronologically or thematically. In addition, it includes a glossary of important terms, suggestions for further reading, sample essay questions, and a filmography. Subjects include: Decline of the early studio system Rise of American new-wave cinema Parallel histories of independent and underground cinema Black cinema--from the "blaxploitation" era of the 1970s to the 1990s Full history of the American blockbuster Uses and effects of new film making technologies America's ever-changing audiences Key genres and industry statistics
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Alt Culture

Alt  Culture

Warhol ' s presence looms over contemporary culture , and is evoked in three mid
- decade movies : a biopic of Jean - Michel Basquiat by ' 80s artist Julian
Schnabel features musician David Bowie as Warhol ; A Low Life in High Heels
essays ...

Author: Nathaniel Wice

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: UOM:39015031859138

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 297

View: 817

Alphabetically arranged entries with Internet addresses for further information cover popular and youth culture topics and personalities
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Feminist Film Studies

Feminist Film Studies

This book provides students in both film and gender/women's studies with a clear introduction to the field of feminist film theory and criticism.

Author: Karen Hollinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415575263

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 306

View: 150

Feminist Film Studies is a readable, yet comprehensive textbook for introductory classes in feminist film theory and criticism. Karen Hollinger provides an accessible overview of women’s representation and involvement in film, complemented by analyses of key texts that illustrate major topics in the field. Key areas include: a brief history of the development of feminist film theory the theorization of the male gaze and the female spectator women in genre films and literary adaptations the female biopic feminism and avant-garde and documentary film women as auteurs lesbian representation women in Third Cinema. Each chapter includes a "Films in Focus" section, which analyzes key texts related to the chapter’s major topic, including examples from classical Hollywood, world cinema, and the contemporary period. This book provides students in both film and gender/women’s studies with a clear introduction to the field of feminist film theory and criticism.
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Diamonds in the Dark

Diamonds in the Dark

It is a central tenet of contemporary film scholarship that genre films have
assumed many of the functions performed in earlier , more homogeneous
cultures by religion and folk tales . ( Kaminsky 2 ; Cawelti 31 - 32 ) . Rick Altman ,
in The ...

Author: Howard Good

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015040663778

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 185

View: 565

Book on baseball films in American cinema
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Screening the Author

Screening the Author

This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the contemporary representation of the author on screen.

Author: Hila Shachar

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 3030188523

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

View: 473

This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the contemporary representation of the author on screen. It does this through two main approaches: by looking at how biographies of well-known authors in Western culture have been adapted onto the film and television screen; and by examining the wider preoccupation with the idea of what the ‘author persona’ means in broader economic, cultural, industrial, and ideological terms. Drawing from current debates about the uses of the heritage industry and conventions of the Hollywood biopic and celebrity culture, this book re-frames the analysis of the author on screen in contemporary culture and theorises it under its own unique genre: the ‘literary biopic’. With case studies including adaptations of the biographies and cultural personas of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Allen Ginsberg—to name a few–this book examines how and why the author continues to be a prominent screen and cultural preoccupation.
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Limca Book of Records

Limca Book of Records

... in Pukaar produced by Boney Kapoor and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi First
contemporary film Dhiren Ganguli ' s Bilat Ferat in Bengali ... The film filmi world .
was telecast on Doordarshan ' s national network on Oct . 15 , 1992 for the first
time and Biopic with real - life ... return of an NRI to India on a rching trip but finds
that he can ' t relate to most things in India bound as he is by his adopted culture .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015078216994

Category: Curiosities and wonders

Page:

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Categories: Curiosities and wonders

Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto Biographical Literature and Films

Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto Biographical Literature and Films

This collective book offers new insight on the genres of biography and autobiography by examining the singular path of those deemed to be ‘outsiders’, such as Winnie Mandela, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X and Harvey Milk.

Author: Delphine Letort

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319770819

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 231

View: 260

This collective book offers new insight on the genres of biography and autobiography by examining the singular path of those deemed to be ‘outsiders’, such as Winnie Mandela, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X and Harvey Milk. Its specific focus on these female leaders and civil rights activists, who refused to be constrained by gender, race and class, shifts attention away from the great men of history and places it solely on those who have transformed their personal lives into a fight for collective goals. With an interdisciplinary approach that looks at literature, cinema and cultural studies, Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Cinema argues that life writing is a key source of artistic creativity and activism which enables us to take a fresh look at history.
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