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Directory of World Cinema American Independent

by John Berra

Part of the Directory of World Cinema Series

Directory of World Cinema American Independent Synopsis

With high-profile Academy Award nominations and an increasing number of big-name actors eager to sign on to promising projects, independent films have been at the forefront in recent years like never before. But the roots of such critical and commercial successes as The Hurt Locker and Precious can be traced to the first boom of independent cinema in the 1960s, when a raft of talented filmmakers emerged to capture the attention of a rapidly growing audience of young viewers. A thorough overview of a thriving sector of cultural production, the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent chronicles the rise of the independent sector as an outlet for directors who challenge the status quo, yet still produce accessible feature films that find wide audiences and enjoy considerable box office appeal, without sacrificing critical legitimacy. Key directors are interviewed and profiled, and a sizeable selection of films are referenced and reviewed. More than a dozen sub-genres - including African American cinema, queer cinema, documentary, familial dysfunction and exploitation - are individually considered, with an emphasis on their ability to exemplify and engage with tensions inherent in American society. Copious illustrations and a range of research resources round out the volume, making this a truly comprehensive guide. At a time when independent films are enjoying considerable cultural cachet, this easy-to-use yet authoritative guide will find an eager audience in media historians, film studies scholars and movie buffs alike.

Directory of World Cinema American Independent Press Reviews

Intellect is very quickly establishing itself in the first-book-to-reach-for market with its Directory of World Cinema series. . . . A particular strength of these volumes is the manner with which historical teleology is disrupted in favor of a more cohesive thematic exploration. This volume also includes pieces on John Waters, David Lynch, Charlie Kaufman, and Stuart Gordon, as well as appendixes providing recommended reading, online sources, and a Test Your Knowledge quiz. . . . [This is] a very handy volume that is great as a starting point or for those new to particular aspects of a national cinema. --Scott Wilson Media International Australia (05/15/2011) Intellect is very quickly establishing itself in the first-book-to-reach-for market with its Directory of World Cinema series. . . . A particular strength of these volumes is the manner with which historical teleology is disrupted in favor of a more cohesive thematic exploration. This volume also includes pieces on John Waters, David Lynch, Charlie Kaufman, and Stuart Gordon, as well as appendixes providing recommended reading, online sources, and a Test Your Knowledge quiz. . . . [This is] a very handy volume that is great as a starting point or for those new to particular aspects of a national cinema. --Scott Wilson Media International Australia (05/15/2011)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781841503684
Publication date: 5th March 2013
Author: John Berra
Publisher: Intellect Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 350 pages
Categories: Films, cinema, Directories, Film theory & criticism,

About John Berra

John Berra is a writer and researcher specializing in contemporary film studies. He is the author of Declarations of Independence: American Cinema and the Partiality of Independent Production and the editor of Directory of World Cinema: Japan. He is also a contributor to magazines, including Electric Sheep and Film International.

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