The Cinematic City

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The role played by the city is central to a wide variety of films. In everyday experience, cities frequently seem to possess a cinematic quality. Yet the relationship between city and cinema has been neglected in both film and urban studies. The contributors to this multidisciplinary volume have sought to remedy this situation by offering a detailed and wide-ranging look at the 'cinematic city'. Covering a diverse selection of films, genres, cities, and historical periods, the innovative and thought-provoking essays gathered together here offer numerous insights to those interested in cities, film, and their conjunction. By introducing some of the major dimensions of urban theory and film theory at the outset, the collection proceeds towards a detailed understanding of the cinematic forms most significantly related to the city - including early cinema, documentary film, film noir, 'New Wave' and postmodern cinema. The volume provides a wealth of empirical detail whilst drawing on the theoretical insights of Benjamin, Baudrillard, Foucault, Deleuze, Lacan, Lefebvre and contemporary feminism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415127455
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Clarke is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Contributors
Introduction: Previewing the Cinematic City 1
1 Chinese Boxes and Russian Dolls: Tracking the Elusive Cinematic City 19
2 City Views: The Voyage of Film Images 46
3 Of Plans and Planners: Documentary Film and the Challenge of the Urban Future, 1935-52 59
4 Something More than Night: Tales of the Noir City 83
5 Urban Confidential: The Lurid City of the 1950s 110
6 Cinecities in the Sixties 129
7 From Ramble City to the Screening of the Eye: Blade Runner, Death and Symbolic Exchange 140
8 'The People in Parentheses': Space Under Pressure in the Postmodern City 168
9 Mainly in Cities and at Night: Some Notes on Cities and Film 186
10 Piecing Together What Remains of the Cinematic City 209
11 Maps, Movies, Musics and Memory 230
Index 241
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