The Classical Hollywood Cinema

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The Classical Hollywood Cinema

The Classical Hollywood Cinema

Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960

  • Author: David Bordwell,Janet Staiger,Kristin Thompson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134988095
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 658
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'A dense, challenging and important book.' Philip French Observer 'At the very least, this blockbuster is probably the best single volume history of Hollywood we're likely to get for a very long time.' Paul Kerr City Limits 'Persuasively argued, the book is also packed with facts, figures and photographs.' Nigel Andrews Financial Times Acclaimed for their breakthrough approach, Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson analyze the basic conditions of American film-making as a historical institution and consider to what extent Hollywood film production constitutes a systematic enterprise, in both its style and its business operations. Despite differences of director, genre or studio, most Hollywood films operate within a set of shared assumptions about how a film should look and sound. Such assumptions are neither natural nor inevitable; but because classical-style films have been the type most widely seen, they have come to be accepted as the 'norm' of film-making and viewing. The authors show how these classical conventions were formulated and standardized, and how they responded to the arrival of sound, colour, widescreen ratios and stereophonic sound. They argue that each new technological development has served a function within an existing narrational system. The authors also examine how the Hollywood cinema standardized the film-making process itself. They describe how, over the course of its history, Hollywood developed distinct modes of production in a constant search for maximum efficiency, predictability and novelty. Set apart by its combination of theoretical analysis and empirical evidence, this book is the standard work on the classical Hollywood cinema style of film-making from the silent era to the 1960s. Now available in paperback, it is a 'must' for film students, lecturers and all those seriously interested in the development of the film industry.

New Hollywood Cinema

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New Hollywood Cinema

New Hollywood Cinema

An Introduction

  • Author: Geoff King
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 9781860647505
  • Category: Film
  • Page: 296
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This title looks at Hollywood from the Renaissance of the 1960s to the current dominance of the corporate blockbuster. It discusses diverse films, focusing on the interactions between different levels - including the impact on Hollywood of television and advertising.

High Contrast

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High Contrast

High Contrast

Race and Gender in Contemporary Hollywood Film

  • Author: Sharon Willis,Sharon A. Willis
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822320418
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 266
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In High Contrast, Sharon Willis examines the dynamic relationships between racial and sexual difference in Hollywood film from the 1980s and 1990s. Seizing on the way these differences are accentuated, sensationalized, and eroticized on screen--most often with little apparent regard for the political context in which they operate--Willis restores that context through close readings of a range of movies from cinematic blockbusters to the work of the new auteurs, Spike Lee, David Lynch, and Quentin Tarantino. Capturing the political complexity of these films, Willis argues that race, gender, and sexuality, as they are figured in the fantasy of popular film, do not function separately, but rather inform and determine each other's meaning. She demonstrates how collective anxieties regarding social difference are mapped onto big budget movies like the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon series, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Thelma and Louise, Terminator 2, and others. Analyzing the artistic styles of directors Lynch, Tarantino, and Lee, in such films as Wild at Heart, Pulp Fiction, and Do the Right Thing, she investigates how these interactions of difference are linked to the production of specific authorial styles, and how race functions for each of these directors, particularly in relation to gender identity, erotics, and fantasy.

The Trouble with Men

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The Trouble with Men

The Trouble with Men

Masculinities in European and Hollywood Cinema

  • Author: Phil Powrie,Ann Davies,Bruce Babington
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • ISBN: 9781904764083
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 253
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A collection of original essays focusing on masculinity and film, particularly the representation of European masculinity. Spilt into four sections -- stars, class and race, fathers and bodies -- areas covered include the Carmen films, Yiddish cinema, romantic comedy and beur cinema.

Echo and Narcissus

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Echo and Narcissus

Echo and Narcissus

Women's Voices in Classical Hollywood Cinema

  • Author: Amy Lawrence
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520070820
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 212
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Do women in classical Hollywood cinema ever truly speak for themselves? In Echo and Narcissus, Amy Lawrence examines eight classic films to show how women's speech is repeatedly constructed as a "problem," an affront to male authority. This book expands feminist studies of the representation of women in film, enabling us to see individual films in new ways, and to ask new questions of other films. Using Sadie Thompson (1928), Blackmail (1929), Rain (1932), The Spiral Staircase, Sorry,Wrong Number, Notorious, Sunset Boulevard (1950) and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Lawrence illustrates how women's voices are positioned within narratives that require their submission to patriarchal roles and how their attempts to speak provoke increasingly severe repression. She also shows how women's natural ability to speak is interrupted, made difficult, or conditioned to a suffocating degree by sound technology itself. Telephones, phonographs, voice-overs, and dubbing are foregrounded, called upon to silence women and to restore the primacy of the image. Unlike the usage of "voice" by feminist and literary critics to discuss broad issues of authorship and point of view, in film studies the physical voice itself is a primary focus. Echo and Narcissus shows how assumptions about the "deficiencies" of women's voices and speech are embedded in sound's history, technology, uses, and marketing. Moreover, the construction of the woman's voice is inserted into the ideologically loaded cinematic and narrative conventions governing the representation of women in Hollywood film.

Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

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Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

  • Author: STEVE NEALE,Murray Smith
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135108765
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 360
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A comprehensive overview of the film industry in Hollywood today, Contemporary Hollywood Cinema brings together leading international cinema scholars to explore the technology, institutions, film makers and movies of contemporary American film making.

Otherness in Hollywood Cinema

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Otherness in Hollywood Cinema

Otherness in Hollywood Cinema

  • Author: Michael Richardson
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1441147314
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 272
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In Otherness in Hollywood Cinema, Michael Richardson argues that the Hollywood system has been the only national cinema with the resources and inclination to explore images of others through stories set in exotic and faraway places. He traces many of the ways in which Hollywood has constructed otherness, and discusses the extent to which those images have persisted and conditioned today's understanding. Hollywood was from the beginning teeming with people who had experienced cultural displacement. Coaxing the finest talents from around the world and needing to produce films with an almost universal appeal, Hollywood confounded American insularity while simultaneously presenting a vision of 'America' to the world. The book examines a range of genres from the perspective of otherness, including the Western, film noir, and zombie movies. Films discussed include Birth of a Nation, The New World, The Searchers, King Kong, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, Jaws, and Dead Man. Erudite and highly informed, this is a sweeping survey of how the American film industry has portrayed the foreign and the exotic.

A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980

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A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980

A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980

  • Author: Robert B. Ray
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9780691101743
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 411
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An analysis of the ideologies and artistic conventions of American movies includes examinations of films such as Casablanca, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather

Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema

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Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema

Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema

Resonance Between Realms

  • Author: James R. Walters
  • Publisher: Intellect Books
  • ISBN: 1841502022
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 232
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The use of alternate realities in cinema has been brought to heights by films "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Donnie Darko". This book analyzes these imaginary realms, tracing their construction and development across periods, genres, and history.

Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

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Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

  • Author: J. Gwynne,N. Muller
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 113730684X
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 257
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By analyzing the negotiation of femininities and masculinities within contemporary Hollywood cinema, Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema presents diverse interrogations of popular cinema and illustrates the need for a renewed scholarly focus on contemporary film production.