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Bad History and the Logics of Blockbuster Cinema

Bad History and the Logics of Blockbuster Cinema Author P. McGee
ISBN-10 9781137012531
Release 2012-01-02
Pages 209
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McGee studies historical representation in commodified, popular cinema as expressions of historical truths that more authentic histories usually miss and argues for the political and social significance of mass culture through the interpretation of four recent big-budget movies: Titanic, Gangs of New York, Australia, and Inglourious Basterds .



Poetics of Politics

Poetics of Politics Author Sebastian M. Herrmann
ISBN-10 9783825364472
Release 2015-04-22
Pages 340
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This volume proposes the ‘poetics of politics’ as an analytic angle to interrogate contemporary cultural production in the United States. As recent scholarship has observed, American literature and culture around the turn of the millennium, while still deeply informed by the textual self-consciousness of postmodernism, are marked by a rekindled interest in matters of social concern. This revived interest in politics is frequently read as a ‘grand epochal transition.’ Sidestepping such a logic of periodization, this book points to the interplay between the textual and the political as a dynamic – always locally specific – that affords unique insights into the characteristics of the contemporary moment. The sixteen case studies in this book explore this interplay across a wide range of media, genres, and modes. Together, they make visible a broad cultural concern with negotiating social relevance and textual self-awareness that permeates and structures contemporary US (popular) culture.



Heroism and Gender in War Films

Heroism and Gender in War Films Author Karen A. Ritzenhoff
ISBN-10 9781137360724
Release 2014-08-07
Pages 271
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Filmic constructions of war heroism have a profound impact on public perceptions of conflicts. Here, contributors examine the ways motifs of gender and heroism in war films are used to justify ideological positions, shape the understanding of the military conflicts, support political agendas and institutions, and influence collective memory.



Quentin Tarantino s Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino s Django Unchained Author Oliver C. Speck
ISBN-10 9781623567804
Release 2014-07-31
Pages 328
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Django Unchained is certainly Quentin Tarantino's most commercially-successful film and is arguably also his most controversial. Fellow director Spike Lee has denounced the representation of race and slavery in the film, while many African American writers have defended the white auteur. The use of extremely graphic violence in the film, even by Tarantino's standards, at a time when gun control is being hotly debated, has sparked further controversy and has led to angry outbursts by the director himself. Moreover, Django Unchained has become a popular culture phenomenon, with t-shirts, highly contentious action figures, posters, and strong DVD/BluRay sales. The topic (slavery and revenge), the setting (a few years before the Civil War), the intentionally provocative generic roots (Spaghetti Western and Blaxploitation) and the many intertexts and references (to German and French culture) demand a thorough examination. Befitting such a complex film, the essays collected here represent a diverse group of scholars who examine Django Unchained from many perspectives.



Inside the Historical Film

Inside the Historical Film Author Bruno Ramirez
ISBN-10 9780773596481
Release 2014-09-30
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From cinema's beginnings filmmakers have turned to the past for their stories, so much so that in many ways our historical culture is shaped more in the movie theatre than in the classroom. Inside the Historical Film argues how and why film can enrich our understanding of the past. Bruno Ramirez discusses a wide range of films, from various historical and national contexts, pointing to the role that film-crafts play in translating historical events into cinematic language. He takes the reader through the process of conception, research, design, and production of several films that he researched and co-wrote, explaining the decisions that were made to best convey historical knowledge. The practice-based quality at the core of Ramirez's analysis is further enhanced by conversations with world-renowned film directors, including Denys Arcand, Constantin Costa-Gavras, Deepa Mehta, Renzo Rossellini, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, and Margarethe von Trotta. Grounded in an appreciation for the interpretative value of making films and cinema's ability to reach large public audiences at personal and emotional levels, Inside the Historical Film seeks to understand historical films as both creative works and multi-layered representations of the past.



Cinema and History

Cinema and History Author Mike Chopra-Gant
ISBN-10 1905674597
Release 2008
Pages 122
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This volume examines some of the key historical issues raised by popular film, including what film might tell us about the past, the reliability of movies as sources of historical knowledge, and how the film might compare to more 'serious' works of history.



Titanic

Titanic Author Kevin S. Sandler
ISBN-10 0813526698
Release 1999
Pages 274
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On April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg off Newfoundland. Taking more than 1,500 souls with her, Titanic sunk on what was intended to be the glorious maiden voyage of the biggest, most expensive, and most technologically advanced ship ever built. In 1997, James Cameron's Titanic, the most expensive and technologically advanced movie ever made, hit theaters. In 13 weeks, it became the highest-grossing film in North America, and shortly thereafter, the first motion picture to earn a billion dollars worldwide. The cultural studies and film scholars who have contributed 13 essays to this collection ask the key question--Why? What made Titanic such a popular movie? Why has this film become a cultural and film phenomenon? What makes it so fascinating to the film-going public? The articles address everything from the nostalgia evoked by the film to the semiotic meaningfulness created around "The Heart of the Ocean" diamond that figures so prominently as a symbol in the film. Contributors address questions of the representations of class, sexuality, and gender; analyze the cross-cultural reception of the film in nationally specific contexts; examine the impact of strategies for marketing the film through music; and cover the implications of the budget toward the film's success. Finally, the contributors address the film's multi-faceted relationship to genre, history, stardom, and contemporary social and economic means.



Unruly Media

Unruly Media Author Carol Vernallis
ISBN-10 9780199767007
Release 2013-11
Pages 354
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Unruly Media is the first book to account for the current audiovisual landscape across media and platform. It includes new theoretical models and close readings of current media as well as the oeuvre of popular and influential directors.



Boxing

Boxing Author Kasia Boddy
ISBN-10 9781861897022
Release 2013-06-01
Pages 480
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Boxing is one of the oldest and most exciting of sports: its bruising and bloody confrontations have permeated Western culture since 3000 BC. During that period, there has hardly been a time in which young men, and sometimes women, did not raise their gloved or naked fists to one other. Throughout this history, potters, sculptors, painters, poets, novelists, cartoonists, song-writers, photographers and film-makers have been there to record and make sense of it all. In her encyclopaedic investigation, Kasia Boddy sheds new light on an elemental sports and struggle for dominance whose weapons are nothing more than fists. Boddy examines the shifting social, political and cultural resonances of this most visceral of sports, and shows how from Daniel Mendoza to Mike Tyson, boxers have embodied and enacted our anxieties about race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Looking afresh at everything from neoclassical sculpture to hip-hop lyrics, Boxing explores the way in which the history of boxing has intersected with the history of mass media, from cinema to radio to pay-per-view. The book also offers an intriguing new perspective on the work of such diverse figures as Henry Fielding, Spike Lee, Charlie Chaplin, Philip Roth, James Joyce, Mae West, Bertolt Brecht, and Charles Dickens. An all-encompassing study, Boxing ultimately reveals to us just how and why boxing has mattered so much to so many.



The Good The Bad and The Multiplex

The Good  The Bad and The Multiplex Author Mark Kermode
ISBN-10 9781409023494
Release 2011-09-01
Pages 336
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If blockbusters make money no matter how bad they are, then why not make a good one for a change? How can 3-D be the future of cinema when it's been giving audiences a headache for over a hundred years? Why pay to watch films in cinemas that don't have a projectionist but do have a fast-food stand? And, in a world where Sex and the City 2 was a hit, what are film critics even for? Outspoken, opinionated and hilariously funny, The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex is a must for anyone who has ever sat in an undermanned, overpriced cinema and wondered: 'How the hell did things get to be this terrible?'



Half in Love

Half in Love Author Maile Meloy
ISBN-10 0743234006
Release 2009-12-01
Pages 192
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Fourteen remarkable stories that combine strong Western settings with a subtle and distinct female voice. This critically celebrated debut collection marks the exciting beginning of prize-winner Meloy’s promising career. Lean and controlled in their narration, abundant and moving in their effects, Maile Meloy’s stories introduce a striking talent. Most are set in the modern American West, made vivid and unexpected in Meloy’s unsentimental vision; others take us to Paris, wartime London, and Greece, with the same remarkable skill and intuition. In “Four Lean Hounds, ca. 1976,” two couples face a complicated grief when one of the four dies. In “Ranch Girl,” the college-bound daughter of a ranch foreman must choose which adult world she wants to occupy. In “A Stakes Horse,” a woman confronts risk and loss at the racetrack and at home. And in “Aqua Boulevard”—winner of the 2001 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction—an elderly Parisian confronts his mortality. Meloy’s command of her characters’ voices is breathtaking; their fears and desires are deftly illuminated. Smart, surprising, and evocative, Meloy’s brilliantly observed stories fully engage the mind and heart.



Theory and the Common from Marx to Badiou

Theory and the Common from Marx to Badiou Author P. McGee
ISBN-10 9780230620605
Release 2009-03-30
Pages 215
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Using a method that combines analysis, memoir, and polemic, McGee writes experimentally about a series of thinkers who ruptured linguistic and social hierarchies, from Marx, to Gramsci, to Badiou.



From Shane to Kill Bill

From Shane to Kill Bill Author Patrick McGee
ISBN-10 9781405139649
Release 2006-04-28
Pages 280
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From Shane to Kill Bill: Rethinking the Western is an original and compelling critical history of the American Western film. Provides an insightful overview of the American Western genre Covers the entire history of the Western, from 1939 to the present Analyses Westerns as products of a genre, as well as expressions of political and social desires Deepens an audience’s understanding of the genre’s most important works, including Shane, Stagecoach, The Searchers, Unforgiven, and Kill Bill Contains numerous illustrations of the films and issues discussed.



Army of Darkness Xena Warrior Princess Vol 1

Army of Darkness Xena  Warrior Princess Vol  1 Author John Layman
ISBN-10 1606900080
Release 2009-04-22
Pages 104
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The cross-over no one asked for - or expected - is finally here! Too big for the movie or television screen, Dynamite presents the ultimate "Why Not?" tale as Ash and Army of Darkness meets Xena, the Warrior Princess! Written by John Layman and illustrated by Miguel Montenegro, the first volume of our most unnecessary adventure finds Ashley J. Williams transported to the world of Xena and Gabrielle - and, most importantly, Autolycus, who of course, bears more than a passing resemblance to our main man Ash. Throw in the Necronomicon and an evil little Ash taking charge of a group of fairies (the winged kind) and hey, you've got yourselves a story!



The Titanic in Myth and Memory

The Titanic in Myth and Memory Author Tim Bergfelder
ISBN-10 9780857717382
Release 2004-08-27
Pages 256
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Since its maiden voyage and sinking in April 1912, the Titanic has become a monumental icon of the twentieth century and has inspired a multitude of interpretations. This book is the first to present a fully comprehensive discussion of the diverse representations of the Titanic disaster in cinema, history, literature and art. The contributors draw out the connections as well as differences in the way generations of artists and audiences have approached the tragedy and the final section is an in-depth examination of its most recent interpretation, James Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic. The book is both an enjoyable read and a valuable interdisciplinary and comparative text._x000D_ _x000D_ Engrossing reading...the film fan has been waiting a long time for this book, but tread carefully, as it can have quite an insidious impact on a working day! – Film Magazine



Gangbuster

Gangbuster Author Peter Bleksley
ISBN-10 1459647688
Release 2012-10
Pages 416
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Four million quid. There it was, inches away from me on a hotel table. Not in conventional currency, but in the world's deadliest commodity. Heroin. The guy sitting opposite me was there to sell it. I was there to buy it. This was the trap we'd set for the biggest fish in international drug trafficking. And we were about to fry him alive...Peter Bleksley was the best undercover cop Scotland Yard ever had. In over ten years operating in covert squads, he came up against some of the most hardened, lethal and bizarre underworld operations, constantly putting his life on the line so that the deadliest villians would end up where they belonged: behind bars. A master of disguise, he assumed numerous identities in order to get close to his targets - drug dealer, counterfeiter, gangster and hit man to name just a few. So determined was he to nail his man, he would even have to take cannabis or cocaine to remain above the suspicion of gang bosses.



Seen any good films lately

Seen any good films lately Author William Knowlton Zinsser
ISBN-10 UCAL:B5095518
Release 1960
Pages 188
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Seen any good films lately has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Seen any good films lately also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Seen any good films lately book for free.