L.A. Noir: The City as Character

By Alain Silver

Los Angeles has constantly been as a lot a celeb in movie noir as any actor, be it Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner or Jack Nicholson. In L.A. Noir: the town as Character well known movie historians Alain Silver and James Ursini discover the realm of noir cinema within the context of l. a.. The ebook positive factors dozens of noir and neo-noir landmark movies from Double Indemnity, Criss go, sundown street, Gun loopy, the massive warmth, Kiss Me lethal, and contact of Evil within the vintage interval (1940-1960) to such neo-noir notables as Chinatown, L.A. personal, Mulholland Drive, and Pulp Fiction.

L.A. Noir illustrates how those noir movies use L.A.'s various cityscape and structure to show a special imaginative and prescient of city corruption and existential fatalism, not just within the ever-changing, chaotic downtown of Bunker Hill, major road, and Chinatown, yet in its prosperous coastal groups (Santa Monica, Malibu) in addition to its deceptively sunny suburbs (South Bay, San Fernando Valley). The authors deftly learn the major movies of noir whereas integrating them into the geography and historical past of this "dark urban" which grew to become such an enormous icon of noir literature and film.

L.A. Noir is profusely illustrated with nearly one hundred fifty photographs-many of them showing in print for the first actual time-including construction stills from the flicks mentioned, archival pictures of the destinations from the movies and new images of the destinations this day, chronicling the ever-changing cityscape of this noir character-Los Angeles.

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The Films of Woody Allen (Cambridge Film Classics)

By Sam B. Girgus

Sam Girgus argues that Allen has continually been at the leading edge of up to date serious and cultural realization. Allen keeps to problem notions of authorship, narrative, standpoint, personality, subject, ideology, gender and sexuality. This revised and up-to-date variation contains new chapters that study Allen's paintings seeing that 1992. Girgus thoughtfully asserts that the scandal surrounding Allen's own lifestyles within the early Nineties has altered his photograph in ways in which reposition ethical recognition in his paintings.

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Vertigo (Philosophers on Film)

Released in 1958, Vertigo is greatly considered as Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece and one of many maximum motion pictures of all time. this can be the 1st e-book dedicated to exploring the philosophical facets of Vertigo. Following an creation through the editor that locations the movie in context, every one bankruptcy displays upon Hitchcock’s film from a philosophical standpoint. issues mentioned include:

  • memory, loss, memorialisation, and creativity
  • mimetic or representational paintings and paintings as magic
  • the nature of romantic love
  • gender, sexual objectification, and identity
  • looking, "the gaze", and voyeurism
  • film and psychoanalysis
  • fantasy, phantasm, and reality
  • the phenomenology of colour.

Including annotated extra analyzing on the finish of every bankruptcy, this collection is key interpreting for anyone attracted to Vertigo, and a great source for college kids of movie and philosophy.

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Horror, The Film Reader (In Focus: Routledge Film Readers)

Horror, The movie Reader brings jointly key articles to supply a complete source for college students of horror cinema. Mark Jancovich's creation strains the improvement of horror movie from The cupboard of Dr. Caligari to The Blair Witch Project, and descriptions the most severe debates. Combining vintage and up to date articles, each one part explores a crucial factor of horror movie, and lines an editor's creation outlining the context of debates.

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American Cinema of the 1980s: Themes and Variations (Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema)

By Stephen Prince

During the Nineteen Eighties, American cinema underwent huge, immense alterations. Blockbusters like Raiders of the misplaced Ark, E.T., and The Empire moves Back grabbed large sales for the studios. even as, the expansion of domestic video ended in new and inventive possibilities for self sustaining movie construction, leading to a number of the decade's most sensible movies. either huge- and small-scale filmmakers spoke back to the social, political, and cultural stipulations of the time. The two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan spawned a brand new chilly struggle with the Soviet Union, which Hollywood movie either embraced and critiqued. additionally in this time, Hollywood introduced a long-awaited cycle of flicks concerning the Vietnam warfare, exploring its impression either at domestic and in a foreign country. yet technological know-how fiction remained the era's hottest style, starting from upbeat fantasies to darkish, dystopic visions.

Bringing jointly unique essays by way of ten revered students within the box, American Cinema of the 1980s examines the movies that marked the last decade, together with Ordinary People, Body Heat, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, Top Gun, Aliens, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly Attraction, Die Hard, Batman, and sex, lies & videotape.

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Cult Movies in Sixty Seconds: The Best Movies in the World in Less than a Minute

By Soren McCarthy

Providing the knowledge motion picture fanatics desire approximately these motion pictures that the insiders appear to comprehend and love, this convenient consultant to cult flicks deals perceptive and unique entries containing an overview of the plot, characters, and issues; perception into why the movie is taken into account a vintage; and crucial little-known evidence. that includes such favorites as Barbarella, Betty Blue, Harold and Maude, Roger and Me, The Wickerman, and Withnail and I, this e-book highlights the simplest motion pictures from greater than 50 years of motion picture making. additionally explored are the characteristics that make a movie a cult motion picture and even if a movie may be either cult and a field place of work hit.

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Politics of Contemporary European Cinema (Intellects Cinema & Media)

By Mike Wayne

How does modern ecu Cinema mirror the force for political and monetary integration and up to date traits in globalisation, if in any respect? This ebook is a beneficial day trip into the politics of ecu cinema and generally addresses questions like this.

Mike Wayne identifies a few key subject matters pertinent to a research of the modern cultural and political dynamics of ecu cinema from the mid-1980's, together with the autumn of the Berlin wall and the top of the Soviet Empire.

Throughout the booklet, matters are raised that query eu tradition and the character of nationwide cinema, including;

• The cultural courting with Hollywood;
• Debates over cultural plurality and diversity;
• The disintegration of country states alongside the japanese flank;
• Postcolonial travels and the hybridisation of the nationwide formation.

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Introduction to Japanese Horror Film

By Colette Balmain

This publication is an incredible old and cultural evaluate of an more and more renowned style. beginning with the cultural phenomenon of Godzilla, it explores the evolution of jap horror from the Fifties via to modern classics of jap horror cinema resembling Ringu and Ju-On: The Grudge. Divided thematically, the ebook explores key motifs reminiscent of the vengeful virgin, the demonic baby, the doomed fans and the supernatural serial killer, situating them inside conventional jap mythology and folk-tales. The publication additionally considers the aesthetics of the japanese horror movie, and the mechanisms wherein horror is expressed at a visceral point by using atmosphere, lighting fixtures, track and mise-en-scene. It concludes by way of contemplating the impression of jap horror on modern American cinema via studying the remakes of Ringu, darkish Water and Ju-On: The Grudge.The emphasis is on accessibility, and while the ebook is essentially advertised in the direction of movie and media scholars, it's going to even be of curiosity to somebody drawn to eastern horror movie, cultural mythology and folk-tales, cinematic aesthetics and movie theory.

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The Studio

By John Gregory Dunne

In 1967, John Gregory Dunne requested for limitless entry to the internal workings of 20th Century Fox. Miraculously, he obtained it. For 12 months Dunne went all over the place there has been to move and talked to every body worthy chatting with in the studio. He tracked each step of the production of images like "Dr. Dolittle," "Planet of the Apes," and "The Boston Strangler." the result's a piece of reportage that, thirty years later, should still be our such a lot minutely saw and accordingly so much uproariously humorous portrait of the movie business.

Whether he's recounting a showdown among Fox's studio head and clever shark-like brokers, looking at a producer's female friend thieve a silver plate from a cafe, or protecting his eyes opposed to the glare of a Hollywood most efficient the place the site visitors contain a chimp in a white tie and tails, Dunne captures his topic in all its showmanship, savvy, vulgarity, and hype. now not in view that F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West has a person performed Hollywood better.

"Reads as racily as a novel...(Dunne) has a novelist's ear for speech and eye for revealing detail...Anyone who has tiptoed alongside these corridors of strength is certain to claim that Dunne's impressionism earrings true."--Los Angeles occasions

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