Cinema Entertainment / Edition 1

Cinema Entertainment / Edition 1

by Gianluca Sergi, Alan Lovell
     
 

Entertainment is a defining feature of contemporary culture, yet it is often accused of being superficial and even harmful. In this thought-provoking book, the authors challenge this negative view and argue for a reconsideration of the value of entertainment and the effect it has on the world in which we live.

Taking Hollywood cinema as its central focus, this

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Overview

Entertainment is a defining feature of contemporary culture, yet it is often accused of being superficial and even harmful. In this thought-provoking book, the authors challenge this negative view and argue for a reconsideration of the value of entertainment and the effect it has on the world in which we live.

Taking Hollywood cinema as its central focus, this exciting book explores the range of debates that the phenomenon of cinema entertainment has aroused. It is packed with examples from modern, popular films throughout, including a whole chapter on the hugely successful film The Dark Knight.

The book features interviews with Randy Thom and Walter Murch, filmmakers involved in creating some of the most successful films of recent years. There is an interesting discussion of the work and reputation of renowned filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock, names which have become synonymous with cinema entertainment.

The authors consider what makes a film successful by looking at box office figures as well as detailed description and critique of current debates surrounding what it means to entertain and be entertained.

Cinema Entertainment is important reading for film and media students as well as anyone interested in contemporary mass culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335222520
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Lovell was most recently Lecturer in Media Studies at Staffordshire University, UK.

Gianluca Sergi is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: cinema as entertainment 1

1 What audiences go for: elite and mass taste 4

2 Sensual pleasure, audiences and The Dark Knight 23

3 Alfred Hitchcock: the entertainer becomes an artist 34

4 Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones and the Holocaust 57

5 The perspective of entertainers? Interviews with Randy Thorn and Walter Murch 76

6 The entertainment discourse 93

Appendix 1 Methodology for statistical analysis 104

Appendix 2 Walter Murch's filmography 112

Appendix 3 Randy Thorn's filmography 114

Appendix 4 Art 117

Appendix 5 Credits for The Dark Knight 119

Notes 122

Annotated bibliography 131

Index 135

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