Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie / Edition 1

Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie / Edition 1

by Eric Lichtenfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819568015

ISBN-13: 9780819568014

Pub. Date: 04/27/2007

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

For more than 30 years, the action movie has been the film genre that most represents Hollywood to the world, as action films find blockbuster success at box offices internationally. Still, the genre seldom receives the critical attention it deserves. Studying its trends, key components, and visual excesses, this new and expanded edition of Action Speaks Louder

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Overview

For more than 30 years, the action movie has been the film genre that most represents Hollywood to the world, as action films find blockbuster success at box offices internationally. Still, the genre seldom receives the critical attention it deserves. Studying its trends, key components, and visual excesses, this new and expanded edition of Action Speaks Louder traces the genre's evolution to reveal how it has come to assume its place of prominence in American culture. With scores of in-depth case studies—including films such as Dirty Harry, RoboCop, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Armageddon, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, and The Incredibles—author Eric Lichtenfeld draws on film analysis, production histories, critical responses, studio marketing materials, and original filmmaker interviews. Up-to-date and comprehensive, Action Speaks Louder is the definitive study of the movies’ most kinetic form of fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568014
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/27/2007
Series:
Wesleyan Film
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard Slotkin
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Little Violence Never Hurt Anyone
Prelude: 1971
“The Law’s Crazy”: The Vigilante and Other Myths
Automatons: Rise of the Killing Machines
Enter the Fists: The Body as the Weapon
Into the Jungle, Out of the Wasteland: Action in the Wild
Blowing Up All Those Familiar Places: Terror and the Confined Arena
Unmitigated Disasters: Old Formulas and the New Spectacle
Tomorrow’s Heroes Today: Action Meets the Fantastic
Excelsior!: March of the Superheroes
Conclusion: Sifting Through the Rubble
Notes
Index

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