Hollywood and War

Author: John David Slocum
Publisher:
ISBN: 0415367808
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Performing Arts

Hollywood and War provides analyses of some of the most important productions constituting the war film genre, and pays particular attention to how the constituent elements of that genre emerged and have been continually reproduced and recast from the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II, through the Korean War and Vietnam to conflicts in the Gulf and the current war against terrorism. Hollywood and War also discusses the complex institutional relations between Hollywood and the U.S. military, government, and American society. Features: * War and its depiction in the media is a 'hot' topic at present. * The reader features a large array of international and highly renowned authors. * The american focus will appeal to US consumers -- Publisher's blurb.

Transnational Cinema

Author: Elizabeth Ezra
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415371589
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Performing Arts

Transnational cinema is a rapidly developing field within film studies. This reader offers an overview of key concepts & debates, drawing together seminal essays from a broad variety of sources.

Color

Author: Angela Dalle Vacche
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 0415324432
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Performing Arts

This is the first anthology devoted exclusively to the subject of colour in film and its history, production and technology. Set out in thematic sections, the book addresses key issues in the field including: the development of colour technology how visual stule was affected by the shift from black and white to colour colour in film theory and the writings of authors such as Bresson, Eisenstein and Oshima colour in the films of Godard, Hitchcock, Almodovar and many more. Including case studies too, this is the perfect introductory guide to a key element in film form and theory. A must for any student starting a film studies course.

Stealing the Show

Author: Miriam J. Petty
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520964143
Release Date: 2016-03-08
Genre: Performing Arts

Stealing the Show is a study of African American actors in Hollywood during the 1930s, a decade that saw the consolidation of stardom as a potent cultural and industrial force. Petty focuses on five performers whose Hollywood film careers flourished during this period—Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Lincoln “Stepin Fetchit” Perry, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Hattie McDaniel—to reveal the “problematic stardom” and the enduring, interdependent patterns of performance and spectatorship for performers and audiences of color. She maps how these actors—though regularly cast in stereotyped and marginalized roles—employed various strategies of cinematic and extracinematic performance to negotiate their complex positions in Hollywood and to ultimately “steal the show.” Drawing on a variety of source materials, Petty explores these stars’ reception among Black audiences and theorizes African American viewership in the early twentieth century. Her book is an important and welcome contribution to the literature on the movies.

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film

Author: John Lyden
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135220655
Release Date: 2009-05-07
Genre: Performing Arts

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film brings together a lively and experienced team of contributors to introduce students to the key topics in religion and film and to investigate the ways in which the exciting subject of religion and film is developing for more experienced scholars. Divided into four parts, the Companion: analyzes the history of the interaction of religion and film, through periods of censorship as well as appreciation of the medium studies religion-in-film, examining how the world’s major religions, as well as Postcolonial, Japanese and New Religions, are depicted by and within films uses diverse methodologies to explore religion and film, such as psychoanalytical, theological and feminist approaches, and audience reception analyzes religious themes in film, including Redemption, the Demonic, Jesus or Christ Figures, Heroes and Superheroes considers films as diverse as The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix, Star Wars and Groundhog Day. This definitive book provides an accessible resource to this emerging field and is an indispensable guide to religion and film for students of Religion, Film Studies, and beyond.

Screen Ages

Author: John Alberti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317650287
Release Date: 2014-11-27
Genre: Social Science

Screen Ages is a valuable guide for students exploring the complex and vibrant history of US cinema and showing how this film culture has grown, changed and developed. Covering key periods from across American cinema history, John Alberti explores the social, technological and political forces that have shaped cinematic output and the varied impacts cinema of on US society. Each chapter has a series of illuminating key features, including: ‘Now Playing’, focusing on films as cinematic events, from The Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind to Titanic, to place the reader in the social context of those viewing the films for the first time ‘In Development’, exploring changing genres, from the melodrama to the contemporary super hero movies, ‘The Names Above and Below the Title’, portraying the impact and legacy of central figures, including Florence Lawrence, Orson Welles and Wes Anderson Case studies, analyzing key elements of films in more depth Glossary terms featured throughout the text, to aid non-specialist students and expand the readers understanding of changing screen cultures. Screen Ages illustrates how the history of US cinema has always been and continues to be one of multiple screens, audiences, venues, and markets. It is an essential text for all those wanting to understand of power of American cinema throughout history and the challenges for its future. The book is also supported by a companion website, featuring additional case studies, an interactive blog, a quiz bank for each chapter and an online chapter, ‘Screen Ages Today’ that will be updated to discuss the latest developments in American cinema.

Genre and Hollywood

Author: Stephen Neale
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415026062
Release Date: 2000-01
Genre: Performing Arts

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.

Stanley Cavell Literature and Film

Author: Andrew Taylor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415509640
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Literary Criticism

This is the first book to offer a thorough examination of the relationship that Stanley Cavell’s celebrated philosophical work has to the ways in which the United States has been imagined and articulated in its literature. Establishing the contours of Cavell’s most significant readings of American philosophical and cultural activity, the volume explores how his philosophy and the kind of reading it demands have an important relation to broader considerations of the American national imaginary. Focused, coherent, and original essays from a wide range of philosophers and critics consider how his investigations of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, for example, represent a sustained engagement with the ways in which philosophy might provide us with new ways of thinking and of living. This is the first detailed and comprehensive treatment of "America" as a category of enquiry in Cavell’s writing, engaging with the terms of Cavell’s various configurations of the nation and offering readings of American texts that illustrate the possibilities that Cavell’s work has, in turn, for literary and film criticism. This study of the role played by philosophy in the articulation of the American self-imaginary highlights the ways in which the reading of literature, and the practice of philosophy, are conjoined in the ethical and political project of national self-definition.

The cinema book

Author: Pam Cook
Publisher: British Film Institute
ISBN: 1844571920
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Performing Arts

First published in 1985, The Cinema Book was hailed as a landmark film studies text, presenting in accessible form two decades of intellectual activity on the subject. The second edition (1999) consolidated The Cinema Book's international reputation as the leading guide to film studies. This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated to include brand new chapters together with original essays and case studies written by leading scholars from around the globe. It provides comprehensive coverage of seven major areas: Hollywood Cinema and Beyond; Stars; Technologies; World Cinemas; Genre; Authorship; and Developments in Theory. New topics include Global Hollywood; Contemporary Women Directors; Queer Theory; and Postmodernism. All sections are supported by in-depth analyses of films from the earliest days to the present.

Disaster Movies

Author: Stephen Keane
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231850278
Release Date: 2006-09-18
Genre: Performing Arts

Stephen Keane's history of the disaster genre offers a detailed analysis of films such as The Towering Inferno, Independence Day, Titanic, and The Day After Tomorrow. He looks at the ways in which disaster movies can be read in relation to both contextual considerations and the increasing commercial demands of contemporary Hollywood. In this second edition, he adds new material regarding cinematic representations of disaster in the wake of 9/11 and an analysis of disaster movies in light of recent natural disasters. Keane continually reworks this previously unexplored genre.

All that Hollywood Allows

Author: Jackie Byars
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134910816
Release Date: 2003-09-02
Genre: Performing Arts

All that Hollywood Allows explores the representation of gender in popular Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s. Both a work of feminist film criticism and theory and an analysis of popular culture, this provocative book examines from a cultural studies perspective top-grossing film melodramas, such as A Streetcar Named Desire, From Here to Eternity, East of Eden, Imitation of Life and Picnic. Stereotypically viewed as a complacent and idyllic time, the 1950s were actually a time of dislocation and great social change. Jackie Byars argues that mass media texts of the period, especially films, provide evidence of society's consuming preoccupation with the domestic sphere - the nuclear family and its values - and she shows how Hollywood melodramas interpreted and extended societal debates concerning family structure, sexual divisions of labour, and gender roles. Her readings of these films assess a variety of critical methodologies and approaches to textual analysis, some central to feminist film studies and some previously bypassed by scholars in the field.