Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context / Edition 1

Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context / Edition 1

by Mark Shiel, Tony Fitzmaurice
     
 

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ISBN-10: 063122243X

ISBN-13: 9780631222439

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Wiley

This book examines the dynamic relationship between cinema, the most important cultural form, and the city, the most important form of social organization, since World War Two, in an exciting new way.

Bringing together such disciplines as Film studies, Sociology, Urban Studies and Geography, the book focuses on:

  • the active role of film production,

Overview

This book examines the dynamic relationship between cinema, the most important cultural form, and the city, the most important form of social organization, since World War Two, in an exciting new way.

Bringing together such disciplines as Film studies, Sociology, Urban Studies and Geography, the book focuses on:

  • the active role of film production, distribution and exhibition in the physical growth and identity formation of cities worldwide
  • the integral role of cinema in the contemporary global economy
  • the relationship between the uneven development of cities and their film cultures
  • the ways in which different forms of power and resistance, social organization and urban structure may be imagined and articulated in film and its political economy



The case-studies presented range from postmodern cities such as Los Angeles to the colonial and post-colonial. Specific attention is devoted to the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222439
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Studies in Urban and Social Change Series , #39
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Contributors.

Series Editors' Preface.

Preface.

1. 'Cinema and the City in History and Theory'. (Mark Shiel).

2. 'Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context'. (Tony Fitzmaurice).

Part I: Postmodern Mediations of the City: Los Angeles.

3. 'Bunker Hill. Hollywood's Dark Shadow'. (Mike Davis).

4. 'Film Mystery as Urban History. The Case of Chinatown'. (John Walton).

5. 'Return to Oz. The Hollywood Redevelopment Project, or Film History as Urban Renewal'. (Josh Stenger).

Part II. Urban Identities, Production and Exhibition.

6. 'Shamrock. Houston's Green Promise'. (James Hay).

7. 'From Workshop to Backlot. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office'. (Paul Swann).

8. 'Cities: Real and Imagined'. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.

9. 'Emigrating to New York in 3-D: Stereoscopic Vision in IMAX's Cinematic City'. (Mark Neumann).

10. 'Finding a Place at the Downtown Picture Palace: The Tampa Theater, Florida'. (Janna Jones).

11. 'Global Cities and the International Film Festival Economy'. (Julian Stringer).

Part III: Cinema and the Postcolonial Metropolis.

12. 'Streetwalking in the Cinema of the City: Capital Flows through Saigon'. (J. Paul Narkunas).

13. 'Cityscape: The Capital Infrastructuring and Technologization of Manila'. (Rolando B. Tolentino).

14. 'The Politics of Dislocation: Airport Tales, The Castle'. (Justine Lloyd).

15. 'Representing the Apartheid City: South African Cinema in the 1950s and Jamie Uys's The Urgent Queue'. (Gary Baines).

16. 'The Visual Rhetoric of the Ambivalent City in Nigerian Video Films'. (Obododimma Oha).

17. 'Montréal Between Strangeness, Home and Flow'. (Bill Marshall).

18. '(Mis-) Representing the Irish Urban Landscape'. (Kevin Rockett).

Part IV: Urban Reactions On-screen.

Idealism and Defeat.

19. 'Postwar Urban Redevelopment, the British Film Industry and The Way We Live'. (Leo Enticknap).

20. 'Naked: Social Realism and the Urban Wasteland'. (Mike Mason).

Escape and Invasion.

21. 'Jacques Tati's Play Time as New Babylon'. (Laurent Marie).

22. 'Poaching on Public Space: Urban Autonomous Zones in French Banlieue Films'. (Adrian Fielder).

Index.

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