Cinema and Modernity / Edition 1

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This book discusses the complex relation between modernity and cinema drawing particularly upon the European and American cinema during the second half of the twentieth century. Orr attempts to rethink the relation of film-making to the contemporary world challenging many of the critical complacencies of post-modernism and offering a fresh perspective upon the development of the modern cinema.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This book offers a refreshing re-appraisal of some of the moreinteresting trends in western cinema from the late 1950s to the mid1970s. Cinema and Modernity is a thoughtful and stimulatingcontribution to film scholarship which successfully combinescritical insight with an acute awareness of the cultural andpolitical forces which shaped western industrial society in thepost-war world.' Duncan Petrie, British Film Institute

'The most refreshing aspect about this veryreadable book is its perspective. The author discusses a wide rangeof European and American films, including a number of contemporarytitles, in the light of the major cultural and political forceswhich have shaped Western industrial society this century.Provocative, challenging. Recommended.' Media InformationAustralia

'... The discussion ranges widely.... There is a great deal ofinteresting material here. The book has many rewards and insights.... The discussions of particular films... are the best thingsabout this book. Often what is said is suggestive, inviting are-reading or re-assessment of the works.' British Journal ofAesthetics

'... Engaging and intelligent analysis of post-war cinema... Ihave no compunction in recommending this work to students andscholars alike as a central text for any discussion of modernityand film.' Sociology

'... A fine polemical introduction to the nature ofcinemagraphic experience as a mirror of culture.' The Reader'sReview

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745611860
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/15/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

John Orr is the author of several previous books including, The Making of the Twentieth Century Novel (1987) and Cinema and Fiction (co-author, 1992).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.



1. Film and the Paradox of the Modern.

2. Tragicomedy and the Cool Apocalypse.

3. The Double and the Innocent.

4. The Power of the Gaze.

5. The Absent Image and the Unreal Object.

6. Commodified Demons I: The Machine and the Mask.

7. Commodified Demons II: The Automobile.

8. The Strange Passions of Film Noir.


Select Bibliography.

Select Filmography.


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