100 American Independent Films / Edition 2

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"An increasingly pervasive influence on contemporary European cinema and mainstream Hollywood, American independent films have frequently provided the most experimental and distinctive voices in US cinema. A whole generation of innovative and idiosyncratic American film-makers, including Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, Hal Hartley and Spike Lee, emerged during the critical and commercial renaissance of the late 1980s and 90s." In this revised and updated new edition, Jason Wood provides a guide to one hundred of the most interesting and influential American independent films, featuring indie classics such as Shadows, Blood Simple and Reservoir Dogs, with twenty-five brand new entries, including recent releases such as Old Joy, Junebug and Me and You and Everyone We Know. Each entry includes a plot synopsis, a commentary on the film's significance, production and exhibition history and cross-references to other films. The new edition also includes prefaces by film-makers Tom Kalin and Scott McGehee and David Siegel, as well as an introduction by Jason Wood charting the history and defining features of American independent film.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844572908
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: BFI Screen Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Wood is a film programmer and the author of a number of books including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema (2006), Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons (2005), 100 Road Movies (BFI 2007) and Talking Movies: Contemporary World Filmmakers in Interview (2006). He contributes to a range of publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Vertigo and Little White Lies.

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Table of Contents

Angel city, Jon Jost, 1977 11
Another girl, Another planet, Michael Almereyda, 1992 13
Badlands, Terrence Malick, 1973 15
Bad lieutenant, Abel Ferrara, 1992 17
Being John Malkovich, Spike Jonze, 1999 19
The Blair witch project, Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez, 1999 21
Blood simple, Joel Coen, 1983 24
Boogie nights, Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997 28
Born in flames, Lizzie Borden, 1983 30
Bottle rocket, Wes Anderson 1996 33
Boys don't cry, Kimberly Peirce, 1999 35
Boyz N the hood, John Singleton, 1991 37
Buffalo '66, Vincent Gallo, 1997 39
Candy mountain, Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer, 1987 41
Chan is missing, Wayne Wang, 1981 43
Chuck and Buck, Miguel Arteta, 2000 45
Clean, shaven, Lodge Kerrigan, 1993 47
Clerks, Kevin Smith, 1993 49
Crumb, Terry Zwigoff, 1995 52
Dark days, Marc Singer, 2000 55
Daughters of the dust, Julie Dash, 1991 57
The daytrippers, Greg Mottola, 1995 59
Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001 61
Don't look back, D. A. Pennebaker, 1967 63
Do the right thing, Spike Lee 1989 65
Down by law, Jim Jarmusch, 1986 67
Drugstore cowboy, Gus Van Sant, 1989 69
Easy rider, Dennis Hopper, 1969 71
Eating Raoul, Paul Bartel, 1982 75
El mariachi, Robert Rodriguez, 1992 77
Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1976 79
The evil dead, Sam Raimi, 1982 82
Faster, pussycat! kill! kill!, Russ Meyer, 1965 84
F for fake (Verites et mensonges), Orson Wells 1973 86
Gas food lodging, Allison Anders, 1991 88
George Washington, David Gordon Green, 2000 91
Girlfight, Karyn Kusama, 1999 94
Go fish, Rose Troche, 1994 96
Gummo, Harmony Korine, 1997 98
Heavy, James Mangold, 1995 101
Henry : portrait of a serial killer, John McNaughton, 1986 103
High art, Lisa Cholodenko, 1998 105
Hoop dreams, Steve James, 1994 107
Impostors, Mark Rappaport, 1979 109
In the company of men, Neil LaBute, 1997 111
In the soup, Alexandre Rockwell, 1992 113
Juice, Ernest Dickerson, 1992 115
Just another girl on the I.R.T., Leslie Harris, 1992 117
Kids, Larry Clark, 1995 120
Killer of sheep, Charles Burnett, 1977 122
The killing of a Chinese bookie, John Cassavetes, 1975 125
The kill-off, Maggie Greenwald, 1989 127
The last seduction, John Dahl, 1993 129
The living end, Gregg Araki, 1992 131
Living in oblivion, Tom DiCillo, 1995 133
Lonesome cowboys, Andy Warhol, 1968 135
The loveless, Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery, 1981 137
Matewan, John Sayles, 1987 137
Mean streets, Martin Scorsese, 1973 141
Metropolitan, Whit Stillman, 1989 144
Nashville, Robert Altman, 1975 147
Night of the living dead, George A. Romero, 1968 150
One false move, Carl Franklin, 1991 152
Parting glances, Bill Sherwood, 1985 154
[pi](Pi), Darren Aronofsky, 1997 156
Pink flamingos, John Waters, 1972 158
Poison, Todd Haynes, 1990 161
Portrait of Jason, Shirley Clarke, 1967 164
Reservoir dogs, Quentin Tarantino, 1991 167
Return of the Secaucus seven, John Sayles 1979 169
Roger & me, Michael Moore, 1989 172
Salt of the earth, Herbert J. Biberman, 1953 174
Schizopolis, Steven Soderbergh, 1996 176
Sex, lies and videotape, Steven Soderbergh, 1989 178
Shadows, John Cassavetes, 1959 181
Sherman's march, Ross McElwee, 1985 184
She's gotta have it, Spike Lee, 1986 186
Shock corridor, Sam Fuller, 1963 189
Simple men, Hal Hartley, 1992 191
Slacker, Richard Linklater, 1991 193
Smithereens, Susan Seidelman, 1982 195
Spanking the monkey, David O. Russell, 1994 197
Static, Mark Romanek, 1985 199
Stranger than paradise, Jim Jamusch, 1984 201
Suture, Scott McGehee, David Siegel, 1993 205
Sweet sweetback's baadasssss song, Melvin Van Peebles, 1971 208
Swingers, Doug Liman, 1996 210
Swoon, Tom Kalin, 1991 212
The thin blue line, Errol Morris, 1988 214
Tongues untied, Marlon T. Riggs, 1989 217
Trees lounge, Steve Buscemi, 1996 219
Triple bogey on a par five hole, Amos Poe, 1991 222
Trouble in mind, Alan Rudolph, 1985 224
Two-lane blacktop, Monte Hellman, 1971 227
The unbelievable truth, Hal Hartley, 1989 229
Variety, Bette Gordon, 1983 232
Walking and talking, Nicole Holofcener, 1996 234
Wanda, Barbara Loden, 1970 236
Welcome to the dollhouse, Todd Solondz, 1995 238
You can count on me, Kenneth Lonergan, 2000 240
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