Film Studies

Dangerous Men, Dangerous Media: Constructing Ethnicity, Race and Media's Impact through the Gangster Image, 1959-2007

By Laura Cook Kenna

This dissertation historicizes gangster pictures and their reception, interpreting a large
range of media together with The Untouchablestelevision sequence; Frank Sinatra’s degree
persona; The Godfather and its Blaxploitation cousin, The Black Godfather; gangster rap;
and The Sopranos. in addition to media content material, I study protests opposed to the gangster
(waged by way of Italian- and African-American teams and by way of media watchdogs) in addition to
popular and scholarly efforts to interpret the gangster’s which means. additional, I study the
popular realizing of the media during which the gangster seemed (e.g., anxieties over
television’s behavioral results or estimations of rap’s “realness”).
My research makes major arguments approximately media and identification and medium and
meaning. I argue that gangster photographs operated as siteand stake within the cultural
construction of the Italian- or African-American identities they represented. instead of
survey gangster photographs for common deviation or ideological consistency, I study how
they incited struggles over the that means of ethnic or racial distinction in the USA. My paintings
relies on archival study in fraternal organizationrecords, Italian- and African-American
media retailers, renowned press, and Congressional hearings to chart how the circulate of
gangster photos provoked discussions approximately and (re)articulations of nationwide id,
masculinity, otherness, and the impression of media upon society. moment, I argue that the
popular structures of alternative mediums deeply affected the translation of gangster
images while these buildings have been formed by way of different meanings attributed to “the
gangster.” As a perennially well known photograph of masculinist, violent, capitalist boost that
also mapped that ethos onto ethnically or racially specific males, the gangster photo served
as fodder and discussion board for revisiting fears of media’s effect starting from stereotyping to the
emulation of legal habit. Gangster photographs, even though, even have been extensively
acclaimed as “authentic” expressions of culturally particular identities—from Seventies ethnic
auteurs to Nineties rappers. those competing structures of media kinds expert the
interpretation of gangster photos and encouraged the results of boycotts, govt
hearings, and different techniques for (en)countering the gangster. hence, my two-fold argument means that Americans’ understandings of media and of ethnic and racial distinction have co-informed each other within the post-WWII interval.

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Cahiers du Cinéma: The 1950s: Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Wave (Harvard Film Studies)

Cahiers du Cinema is the main prestigious and influential movie magazine ever released. An anthology dedicated totally to its writings, in English translation, is lengthy overdue.

The decisions during this quantity are drawn from the colourful first decade of Cahiers, 1951-1959, whilst a gaggle of younger iconoclasts racked the realm of movie feedback with their provocative perspectives a world cinema--American, Italian, and French particularly. They challenged usual Anglo-Saxon attitudes by way of championing American renowned video clips, addressing genres comparable to the Western and the mystery and the aesthetics of technological advancements like CinemaScope, emphasizing mise en scéne up to thematic content material, and assessing the paintings of person filmmakers corresponding to Hawks, Hitchcock, and Nicholas Ray when it comes to a brand new thought of the director as writer, auteur, a progressive inspiration on the time. Italian movie, in particular the paintings of Rossellini, caused sharp debates approximately realism that helped shift the point of interest of serious dialogue from content material towards kind. The evaluations of French cinema have specified curiosity simply because a number of the journal's significant members and theorists Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, Rivette, Chabrol have been to develop into comparable of France's most crucial movie administrators and leaders of the hot Wave.

Translated lower than the supervision of the British movie Institute, the choices have a long way the main half by no means seemed in English earlier. Hillier has geared up them into topical groupings and has supplied introductions to the components in addition to the whale. jointly those essays, studies, discussions, and polemics demonstrate the principal rules of the Cahiers of the Nineteen Fifties now not as mounted doctrines yet as provocative, efficient, frequently contradictory contributions to the most important debates that have been to overturn severe puzzling over film.

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Screening the Marquis de Sade: Pleasure, Pain and the Transgressive Body in Film

By Lindsay Anne Hallam

Considering that its e-book, the works of the Marquis de Sade have challenged the examining public with a philosophy of relentless actual transgression. this is often the 1st book-length educational research by way of a unmarried writer that applies the philosophy of the Marquis de Sade to the research of a big selection of movie texts. by way of making use of Sade's arguable bodily-oriented philosophy inside of movie research, this booklet offers a brand new realizing of notions of ache, excitement, and the illustration of the transgressive physique in movie. while many analyses use conception to excuse and hence dilute the facility of sexual and violent pictures, the applying is intentionally transgressive and confrontational, trying to research cinematic representations of human kin as unflinchingly as Sade did in his novels.

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Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki

By Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Over the last twenty years, autonomous director Gregg Araki has emerged as some of the most interesting auteurs of latest U.S. cinema. a number one determine of the hot Queer Cinema stream of the early Nineteen Nineties, Araki is understood for his leading edge, eye-opening, and at-times-controversial motion pictures aimed essentially at queer audiences. pictures for a new release Doomed: the movies and profession of Gregg Araki explores the movies and profession trajectory up to now of this New Queer Cinema pioneer. supplying in-depth analyses of movies akin to The dwelling finish, absolutely uninterested, The Doom iteration, Nowhere, and beauty, Kylo-Patrick R. Hart demonstrates how, over the process the Nineties, the director's cinematic choices grew to become more and more without their early subversive capability. Hart is going directly to argue that because the Nineteen Nineties stepped forward, Araki's movies have been principally beside the point to the cultural undertaking of supplying groundbreaking on-screen representations of non-heterosexual contributors residing within the age of A.I.D.S. . in spite of the fact that, Hart sees Mysterious pores and skin as proof of Araki's profitable try at reestablishing his cinematic and cultural relevancy in terms of the methods and material of latest queer cinema within the new millennium.

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An Invention without a Future: Essays on Cinema

In 1895, Louis Lumière supposedly acknowledged that cinema is “an invention and not using a future.” James Naremore makes use of this mythical comment as a kick off point for a meditation at the so-called demise of cinema within the electronic age, and as a fashion of introducing a wide-ranging sequence of his essays on videos earlier and current. those essays comprise discussions of authorship, variation, and appearing; commentaries on Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Vincente Minnelli, John Huston, and Stanley Kubrick; and reports of more moderen paintings via non-Hollywood administrators Pedro Costa, Abbas Kiarostami, Raúl Ruiz, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. vital topics recur: the family among modernity, modernism, and postmodernism; the altering mediascape and loss of life of older applied sciences; and the necessity for strong serious writing in an period while print journalism is waning and the arts are devalued. The ebook concludes with essays on 4 significant American movie critics: James Agee, Manny Farber, Andrew Sarris, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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Cinematography (Behind the Silver Screen, Volume 3)

How does a movie come to appear how it does? And what impression does the glance of a movie have on our response to it? The position of cinematography, as either a technology and an paintings, is usually forgotten within the chatter approximately appearing, directing, and budgets. The profitable cinematographer should have a prepared artistic eye, in addition to professional wisdom in regards to the continuously increasing array of latest digital camera, movie, and lighting fixtures applied sciences. with out those talents at a director’s disposal, such a lot video clips speedy fade from reminiscence. Cinematography specializes in the highlights of this artwork and gives the 1st entire evaluate of the way the sphere has swiftly advanced, from the early silent movie period to the electronic imagery of today.

The essays during this quantity introduce us to the visible conventions of the Hollywood type, explaining how those first arose and the way they've got hence been challenged by way of substitute aesthetics. so that it will body this attention-grabbing background, the participants hire a chain of questions about know-how (how did new know-how form cinematography?), authorship (can a cinematographer improve kinds and subject matters over the process a career?), and classicism (how may still cinematographers use new expertise in gentle of previous practice?). Taking us from the hand-cranked cameras of the silent period to the electronic units used this present day, the gathering of unique essays explores how the paintings of cinematography has been prompted not just through technological advances, but in addition by way of developments within the motion picture undefined, from the increase of big-budget blockbusters to the unfold of indie films.

The ebook additionally finds the folks at the back of the digicam, profiling quite a few acclaimed cinematographers from James Wong Howe to Roger Deakins. Lavishly illustrated with over 50 indelible photos from landmark movies, Cinematography bargains a provocative behind-the-scenes examine the occupation and a stirring get together of the paintings shape. someone who reads this historical past will come away with a clean eye for what seems to be at the reveal as a result of what occurs at the back of it.

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A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film

By Joseph Luzzi

A Cinema of Poetry brings Italian movie stories into discussion with fields outdoors its ordinary purview by means of displaying how motion pictures can give a contribution to our knowing of aesthetic questions that extend again to Homer. Joseph Luzzi considers the relation among movie and literature, specifically the cinematic model of literary assets and, extra regularly, the fields of rhetoric, media reviews, and sleek Italian culture.

The publication balances theoretical inquiry with shut readings of movies through the masters of Italian cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and others. Luzzi's learn is the 1st to teach how Italian filmmakers deal with such an important aesthetic matters because the nature of the refrain, the relation among image and allegory, the literary prehistory of montage, and where of poetry in cinematic expression―what Pasolini known as the "cinema of poetry."

While Luzzi establishes how definite features of film―its hyperlink with technological strategies, capability for mass distribution, artificial virtues (and vices) because the so-called overall art―have reshaped centuries-long debates, A Cinema of Poetry additionally explores what's particular to the Italian paintings movie and, extra generally, Italian cinematic historical past. In different phrases, what makes this model of the paintings movie recognizably "Italian"?

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Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across the Globe

By Steven Jay Schneider

Incorporated within the Guardian's record of the head ten movie books of 2003! (Guardian consultant, December 20-26, 2003) Horror video clips have constantly stumbled on receptive audiences of their domestic nations. eventually, the genre's such a lot vibrant and least established administrators and stars are given their due in editor Steven Schneider's wide-ranging choice of articles and interviews from an outstanding meeting of well known global horror specialists. detect such hidden treasures of global cinematic horror as Singapore's pontianak cycle, Nineteen Thirties Mexican vampire video clips, Austrian serial killer flicks, Germany's Edgar Wallace krimis, Bollywood ghost tales, Indonesia's penanggalan stories, the chinese language tackle Phantom of the Opera, and the Turkish models of Dracula and The Exorcist. 24 pulse-pounding chapters with chosen filmographies and ratings of pictures from the flicks lower than dialogue, together with a gorgeous 16-page full-colour part! find out about the fantastic horror movies of: Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, The Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey Meet attention-grabbing and unique horror filmmakers and monsters from each nook of the globe, together with: Hideo Nakata, Paul Naschy, Anthony Wong, Wolfgang Preiss, Maria Menado, Sion Sono, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nonzee Nimibutr, Jean Rollin, Maxu Weibang, Gallaga & Reyes, The Ramsay Brothers, Pupi Avati, Walerian Borowczyk, José ""Coffin Joe"" Mojica Marins, Jorge Molina, Kim Ki-Young, Takashi Miike and extra! worry with out Frontiers - Contents half I: ARTISTS, ACTORS, AUTEURS * Madmen, visionaries and freaks: the movies of Alejandro Jodorowsky * Coffin Joe and José Mojica Marins: unusual males for unusual instances * go back of the phantom: Maxu Weibang's middle of the night track * Enfant poor: the terrorful, really good international of Anthony Wong * The rain underneath the earth: an interview with Nonzee Nimibutr * Cinema of the doomed: the tragic horror of Paul Naschy * intercourse and dying, Cuban variety: the darkish imaginative and prescient of Jorge Molina half II: motion pictures, sequence, CYCLES * Fantasmas del cine Mexicano: the Thirties horror movie cycle of Mexico * The cosmic mill of Wolfgang Preiss: Giorgio Ferroni's Mill of the Stone ladies * The ""lost"" horror movie sequence: the Edgar Wallace krimis * The unique pontianaks * twiddling with style: defining the Italian giallo * The Italian zombie movie: from derivation to invention * Austrian psycho killers & domestic invaders: the horror-thrillers Angst & humorous video games half III: style HISTORIES AND reviews * Coming of age: the South Korean horror movie * among appropriation and innovation: Turkish horror cinema * Witches, spells and politics: the horror motion pictures of Indonesia * The unreliable narrator: subversive storytelling in Polish horror cinema * The Beast from Bollywood: a background of the Indian horror movie * In a weather of terror: the Filipino monster motion picture * French revolution: the key heritage of Gallic horror videos half IV: CASE learn - jap HORROR CINEMA * soreness threshhold: the cinema of Takashi Miike * the japanese horror movie sequence: Ring and Eko Eko Azarak * The city techno-alienation of Sion Sono's Suicide membership

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Technics and Time, 3: Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

By Bernard Stiegler

In the 1st volumes of Technics and Time, Bernard Stiegler labored conscientiously via Heidegger's and Husserl's courting to technics and expertise. right here, in quantity 3, he turns his awareness to the prolematic dating to technics he unearths in Kant's Critique of natural Reason, relatively within the models of the Transcendental Deduction. Stiegler relates this tricky to the "cinematic nature" of time, which precedes cinema itself yet reaches an apotheosis in it because the exteriorization process of schema, via tertiary retentions and their mechanisms. The publication makes a speciality of the connection among those issues and the "culture industry"— as outlined by means of Adorno and Horkheimer—that has supplanted the academic associations on which actual cultural participation relies. This displacement, Stiegler says, has produced a malaise from which present international tradition suffers. the result's almost certainly catastrophic.

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