Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie

Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie

by Eric Lichtenfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275980545

ISBN-13: 9780275980542

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

For more than thirty 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 around the globe. 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

Overview

For more than thirty 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 around the globe. 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:
9780275980542
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Richard Slotkin     x
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: A Little Violence Never Hurt Anyone     1
Prelude: 1971     9
"The Law's Crazy": The Vigilante and Other Myths     23
Automatons: Rise of the Killing Machines     60
Enter the Fists: The Body as the Weapon     96
Into the Jungle, Out of the Wasteland: Action in the Wild     125
Blowing Up All Those Familiar Places: Terror and the Confined Arena     159
Unmitigated Disasters: Old Formulas and the New Spectacle     190
Tomorrow's Heroes Today: Action Meets the Fantastic     244
Excelsior!: March of the Superheroes     286
Conclusion: Sifting Through the Rubble     332
Notes     345
Index     371

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