American Independent Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

An inspiration to European filmmakers and to mainstream Hollywood, U.S. independent cinema blossomed in the late '80s and '90s with an enormous variety of idiosyncratic and challenging film coming to the fore. Sight and Sound magazine captured much of the excitement of this vital, intelligent, and often quirky cinema as it happened. American Independent Cinema, part of a new series of Sight and Sound readers, brings together interviews with directors, features on major genres, and reviews of some of the key films released during the past 20 years. Editor Jim Hillier adopts a broad definition of U.S. indie film, including material on the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino, Gus van Sant, Jim Jarmusch, Rose Troche, Todd Haynes, Hal Hartley, and other directors. Contributors include leading U.S. critics Amy Taubin, Ruby Rich, and J. Hoberman. Several new pieces written especially for this volume provide additional context for an enormously diverse wave of cinematic activity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851707594
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Series: Sight and Sound Reader Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Writers include leading US critics Amy Taubin, Ruby Rich, J. Hoberman and many more.
In addition several new pieces provide additional context for an enormously diverse 'wave' of cinematic activity.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
References
Sect. 1 Pioneers
State of Grace (John Cassavetes) 3
As Time Goes By (John Cassavetes) 5
All That Is Light - Brakhage at Sixty (interview with Stan Brakhage) 10
My Time Is Not Your Time (Andy Warhol) 19
The Big Wig (Andy Warhol) 27
Sect. 2 African Americans
Hangin with the Homeboys 35
Girl n the Hood 36
Daughters of the Dust (interview with Julie Dash) 40
Black Is ... Black Ain't (Marlon Riggs and Tongues Untied) 44
Crooklyn 48
Friday 50
Clockers 52
Talk Now, Pay Later (Spike Lee and Girl 6) 54
Million Man Mouthpiece (Spike Lee and Get on the Bus) 60
Ain't No Metaphor (interview with Marc Levin & Henri M. Kessler: Slam) 64
Be Black and Buy 69
Sect. 3 Queers
Poison 77
Objects of Desire (interview with Gus Van Sant: My Own Private Idaho) 79
Tom Kalin (Swoon) 86
Beyond the Sons of Scorsese 89
Goings and Comings (Rose Troche and Go Fish) 92
Totally F***ed Up 97
Nowhere to Hide (interview with Todd Haynes; Safe) 100
The Doom Generation 107
Boy Wonder (interview with Kimberly Peirce: Boys Don't Cry) 110
Queer and Present Danger 114
Sect. 4 Miniaturists and Minimalists
Roadside Attractions (Jim Jarmusch and Night on Earth) 123
Home and Away (interview with Jim Jarmusch) 125
Slacker 130
Sure Fire 131
The First Kiss Takes So Long (interview with Richard Linklater: Before Sunrise) 133
Living in Oblivion 139
Walking and Talking 140
Pulling the Pin on Hal Hartley (Hal Hartley and Henry Fool) 142
Happiness 145
Postcards from Mars (Jim Jarmusch and Ghost Dog) 147
California Split (Timecode) 152
Parallel Lines 155
Sect. 5 Mavericks
In the Time of Earthquakes (Robert Altman and Short Cuts) 165
Night Fever (interview with Paul Thomas Anderson: Boogie Nights) 170
Singing in the Rain (Paul Thomas Anderson and Magnolia) 177
Bad Lieutenant 180
Dealing with the Now (interview with Abel Ferrara: The Blackout, The Addiction, The Funeral) 182
The Blackout 188
How To Get a Head in Movies (interview with Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman: Being John Malkovich) 190
Being John Malkovich 192
Moonshine Maverick (interview with Harmony Korine: Gummo) 194
The Beat-up Kid (Harmony Korine and Julien Donkey-Boy) 200
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 203
David Lynch: Mr. Contradiction (David Lynch and Lost Highway) 206
Lost Highway 210
City of Hope 213
Sayles Talk (interview with John Sayles) 215
Lone Star 220
Limbo 222
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 229
One False Move 231
At Home on the Range (The Ballad of Little Jo, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues) 233
Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction 240
The Usual Suspects 245
Bouna 247
Normal Life 249
The Thriller inside Me (This World, Then the Fireworks) 251
The Mouth and the Method (interview with Quentin Tarantino: Jackie Brown) 253
In Praise of Goofing Off (The Big Lebowski) 258
Blind Date (Out of Sight) 260
The Flashback Kid (interview with Steven Soderbergh: The Limey) 265
Independents Daze 268
Index 273
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