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

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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.
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"...a welcome addition to the reading-lists of graduate and undergraduate courses in film studies and urban studies/sociology..." Urban Studies

".recommended to those who are exploring the exciting reciprocity between the city and the cinema..." Journal of Urban Technology

" exceptional reader that interrogates a range of issues linking cities, film, and globalization... intriguing, engaging, and informed..." Annals of the Association of American Geographers

"Cinema and the City is an exceptional reader that interrogates a range of issues linking cities, film, and globalization. With essays of exceptionally high quality this is an intriguing, engaging and informed work that should be accessible to an array of disciplines and students." Leo Zonn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"Stitching together the complex and multiple intersections between film, cities, urban cultures and globalisation is no simple task, as any number of very good single-authored works will demonstrate. Despite these difficulties, Shiel and Fitzmaurice's excellent anthology rises to the occasion and, in the process, pushes film studies beyond its usual terrain of textual, audience and production analyses to relocate the subject matter within urban sociology [...] As the relationship between film and the city continue to develop as a focus of critical inquiry, Cinema and the City stands as one of the more accessible and innovative entry-points into the issues" Shiel and Fitzmaurice, Urban Studies.

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