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New Blood in Contemporary Cinema

New Blood in Contemporary Cinema

Author: Patricia Pisters Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2020

Since the turn of the millennium, a growing number of female filmmakers have appropriated the aesthetics of horror for their films. In this book, Patricia Pisters investigates contemporary women directors such as Ngozi Onwurah, Claire Denis, Lucile Hadzihalilovic and Ana Lily Amirpour, who put 'a poetics of horror' to new use in their work, expanding the range of gendered and racialised perspectives in the horror genre. Exploring themes such as rage, trauma, sexuality, family ties and politics, New Blood in Contemporary Cinema takes on avenging women, bloody vampires, lustful witches, scary mothers, terrifying offspring and female Frankensteins. By following a red trail of blood, the book illuminates a new generation of women directors who have enlarged the general scope and stretched the emotional spectrum of the genre.

Studying Shakespeare on Film

Studying Shakespeare on Film

Author: Rebekah Owens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2020

Aimed at newcomers to literature and film, this book is a guide for the analysis of Shakespeare on film. Starting with an introduction to the main challenge faced by any director-the early-modern language-there follows exemplars for examining how that challenge is met using as case studies twelve films most often used in classroom teaching, including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and The Tempest. The first chapter explores how a director can tell the story in a setting that embraces the expectations of realism in cinema, but still pays homage to the theatrical origins of the work. The second chapter discusses films in which the setting provides a visual analogy with the preoccupations of the story, but not at the expense of Shakespeare's language. The third chapter extends this to show how some films use recent history as a setting, adding a further layer of meaning to the story from the cultural resonances associated with that historical past. These films also rely on an assumption that Shakespeare is so well-known as to form a distinctive, easily-recognized brand in the cinema marketplace. Thus, his work can be reimagined in completely different genres such as those films that are the subject of the final chapter.

Indiscreet Fantasies

Indiscreet Fantasies

Author: Ann Davies, Meredith Lyn Jeffers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Pedro AlmOdovar may have helped put queer Iberian cinema on the map, but there are also multitudes of other LGBTQ filmmakers from Catalonia, Portugal, Castile, Galicia, and the Basque Country who have made the Peninsula one of the world's most vital sources for queer film. Together, they have produced a cinema whose expressions of queer desire have challenged the region's conservative religious and family values, while intervening in vital debates about politics, history, and nation. Iberian Queer Cinema is a unique collection that offers in-depth analyses of fifteen different films, each by a different director, produced in the region over the past fifty years, from Narciso IbANez Serrador's La residencia (The House That Screamed, 1970) to JoAo Pedro Rodrigues' O ornitOlogo (The Ornithologist, 2016). Together, they show how queer Iberian cinema has responded to historical traumas ranging from the AIDS crisis to the repressive and homophobic Franco regime. Yet they also explore how these films gesture towards a more fluid understanding of sexuality, gender, and national identity. This book will thus give readers a new appreciation for both the cultural diversity of Iberia and the richness of its moving and thought-provoking queer cinema.

Stanley Kubrick Produces

Stanley Kubrick Produces

Author: James Fenwick Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World

Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World

Author: Mar?!a Paz Peirano, Carolina Urrutia Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Focusing on films from Chile since 2000 and bringing together scholars from South and North America, Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World is the first English-language book since the 1970s to explore this small, yet significant, Latin American cinema. The volume questions the concept of national cinemas by examining how Chilean film dialogues with trends in genre-based, political, and art-house cinema around the world, while remaining true to local identities. Contributors place current Chilean cinema in a historical context and expand the debate concerning the artistic representation of recent political and economic transformations in contemporary Chile. Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World opens up points of comparison between Chile and the ways in which other national cinemas are negotiating their place on the world stage. The book is divided into five parts. Mapping Theories of Chilean Cinema in the Worl examines Chilean filmmakers at international film festivals, and political and affective shifts in the contemporary Chilean documentary. On the Margins of Hollywood: Chilean Genre Flicks explores on the emergence of Chilean horror cinema and the performance of martial arts in Chilean films. Other Texts and Other Lands: Intermediality and Adaptation Beyond Chile(an Cinema) covers the intermedial transfer from Chilean literature to transnational film and from music video to film. Migrations of Gender and Genre contrasts films depicting transgender people in Chile and beyond. Politicized Intimacies, Transnational Affects: Debating (Post)memory and History analyzes representations of Chile's traumatic past in contemporary documentary and approaches mourning as a politicized act in postdictatorship cultural production. Intended for scholars, students, and researchers of film and Latin American studies, Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World evaluates an active and emergent film movement that has yet to receive sufficient attention in global cinema studies.

Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World

Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World

Author: Mar?!a Paz Peirano, Carolina Urrutia Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Focusing on films from Chile since 2000 and bringing together scholars from South and North America, Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World is the first English-language book since the 1970s to explore this small, yet significant, Latin American cinema. The volume questions the concept of national cinemas by examining how Chilean film dialogues with trends in genre-based, political, and art-house cinema around the world, while remaining true to local identities. Contributors place current Chilean cinema in a historical context and expand the debate concerning the artistic representation of recent political and economic transformations in contemporary Chile. Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World opens up points of comparison between Chile and the ways in which other national cinemas are negotiating their place on the world stage. The book is divided into five parts. Mapping Theories of Chilean Cinema in the World examines Chilean filmmakers at international film festivals, and political and affective shifts in the contemporary Chilean documentary. On the Margins of Hollywood: Chilean Genre Flicks explores on the emergence of Chilean horror cinema and the performance of martial arts in Chilean films. Other Texts and Other Lands: Intermediality and Adaptation Beyond Chile(an Cinema) covers the intermedial transfer from Chilean literature to transnational film and from music video to film. Migrations of Gender and Genre contrasts films depicting transgender people in Chile and beyond. Politicized Intimacies, Transnational Affects: Debating (Post)memory and History analyzes representations of Chile's traumatic past in contemporary documentary and approaches mourning as a politicized act in postdictatorship cultural production. Intended for scholars, students, and researchers of film and Latin American studies, Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World evaluates an active and emergent film movement that has yet to receive sufficient attention in global cinema studies.

The Boxing Film

The Boxing Film

Author: Travis Vogan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

A Van Beuren Production

A Van Beuren Production

Author: Hal Erickson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Prolific American film producer Amedee J. Van Beuren (1879-1938) did not start out in the film industry. After decades spent in business and advertising, Van Beuren turned his intellect and creativity towards acquiring a foothold in film and began building his empire. He is best known to animation fans for his bizarre cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, featuring such zanies as Molly Moo Cow, Cubby Bear and Tom and Jerry (not the cat-and-mouse duo). But the majority of the 1,499 films produced by Van Beuren between 1918 and 1937 were live-action short subjects--travelogues, comedies, musicals, sports reels and more. His roster of star performers included Bert Lahr, Shemp Howard, Ethel Waters and (indirectly) Charlie Chaplin. Van Beuren also made several feature films starring legendary big-game hunter Frank Buck, and a 12-episode serial headlining horror icon Lon Chaney, Jr. Capped by a complete list of his films, this engrossing chronicle of Amedee Van Beuren's vast output is the first all-inclusive history of one of moviedom's most successful and least-known filmmakers.

See! Hear! Cut! Kill!

See! Hear! Cut! Kill!

Author: Wickham Clayton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller's Friday the 13th franchise is one of the most successful horror film franchises in history. To date, it includes twelve movies, a television show, comic books, and video games, among other media. In See! Hear! Cut! Kill! Experiencing Friday the 13th, Wickham Clayton explores several aspects of the films including how the technical aspects relate to the audience, their influence on filmmaking, and the cultural impact of the franchise. Clayton looks at how perspective is established and communicated within the Friday the 13th films, which is central to the way the audience experiences and responds emotionally to these movies. Then he considers how each sequel gives viewers, whether longtime fans or new audiences, a way in to the continuous story that runs through the series. Clayton also argues that the series has not developed in isolation. These films relate to contemporary slasher films, the modern horror genre, and critically successful Hollywood films in general. They reflect popular trends of film style and often act as key examples in the genre and beyond.

See! Hear! Cut! Kill!

See! Hear! Cut! Kill!

Author: Wickham Clayton Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller's Friday the 13th franchise is one of the most successful horror film franchises in history. To date, it includes twelve movies, a television show, comic books, and video games, among other media. In See! Hear! Cut! Kill! Experiencing Friday the 13th, Wickham Clayton explores several aspects of the films including how the technical aspects relate to the audience, their influence on filmmaking, and the cultural impact of the franchise. Clayton looks at how perspective is established and communicated within the Friday the 13th films, which is central to the way the audience experiences and responds emotionally to these movies. Then he considers how each sequel gives viewers, whether longtime fans or new audiences, a way in to the continuous story that runs through the series. Clayton also argues that the series has not developed in isolation. These films relate to contemporary slasher films, the modern horror genre, and critically successful Hollywood films in general. They reflect popular trends of film style and often act as key examples in the genre and beyond.

Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris

Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris

Author: Wes D. Gehring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Popular with middle America throughout the 1920s, Charlie Chaplin's A Woman of Paris (1923) has had an enduring influence throughout cinema history. Contrary to some criticism, the film was not just Chaplin's recycling of Peggy Hopkins Joyce story. Indeed, he drew on a series of romances for inspiration during production--including the films of Pola Negri--as well as his own earlier movies. Based on extensive new research, this book covers the making of film in detail and reveals what other works on A Woman of Paris got wrong.

Stars and Silhouettes

Stars and Silhouettes

Author: Joceline Andersen Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Stars and Silhouettes traces the history of the cameo as it emerged in twentieth-century cinema. Although the cameo has existed in film culture for over a century, Joceline Andersen explains that this role cannot be strictly defined because it exists as a constellation of interactions between duration and recognition, dependent on who is watching and when. Even audiences of the twenty-first century who are inundated by the lives of movie stars and habituated to images of their personal friends on screens continue to find cameos surprising and engaging. Cameos reveal the links between our obsession with celebrity and our desire to participate in the powerful cultural industries within contemporary society. Chapter 1 begins with the cameo's precedents in visual culture and the portrait in particular-from the Vitagraph executives in the 1910s to the emergence of actors as movie stars shortly after. Chapter 2 explores the fan-centric desire for behind-the-scenes visions of Hollywood that accounted for the success of cameo-laden, Hollywood-set films that autocratic studios used to make their glamorous line-up of stars as visible as possible. Chapter 3 traces the development of the cameo in comedy, where cameos began to show not only glimpses of celebrities at their best but also of celebrities at their worst. Chapter 4 examines how the television guest spot became an important way for stars and studios to market both their films and stars from other media in trades that reflected an increasingly integrated mediascape. In Chapter 5, Andersen examines auteur cameos and the cameo as a sign of authorship. Director cameos reaffirm the fan's interest in the film not just as a stage for actors but as a forum for the visibility of the director. Cameos create a participatory space for viewers, where recognizing those singled out among extras and small roles allows fans to demonstrate their knowledge. Stars and Silhouettes belongs on the shelf of every scholar, student, and reader interested in film history and star studies.