Contemporary Hollywood Cinema / Edition 1

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A comprehensive overview of the film industry in Hollywood today, Contemporary Hollywood Cinema brings together leading international cinema scholars to explore the technology, institutions, film makers and movies of contemporary American film making.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415170109
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/13/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and permissions
Notes on contributors
Pt. I Hollywood historiography 1
1 Theses on the philosophy of Hollywood history 3
2 'Nobody knows everything': post-classical historiographies and consolidated entertainment 21
Pt. II Economics, industry and institutions 45
3 Hollywood corporate business practice and periodizing contemporary film history 47
4 'A major presence in all of the world's important markets': the globalization of Hollywood in the 1990s 58
5 The formation of the 'major independent': Miramax, New Line and the New Hollywood 74
6 To the rear of the back end: the economics of independent cinema 91
Pt. III Aesthetics and technology 107
7 From Bwana Devil to Batman Forever: technology in contemporary Hollywood cinema 109
8 Widescreen composition in the age of television 130
9 The classical film score forever? Batman, Batman Returns and post-classical film music 142
10 A cry in the dark: the role of post-classical film sound 156
11 A close encounter with Raiders of the Lost Ark: notes on narrative aspects of the New Hollywood blockbuster 166
12 Storytelling: classical Hollywood cinema and classical narrative 178
13 Specularity and engulfment: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker's Dracula 191
Pt. IV Audience, address and ideology 209
14 Hollywood and independent black cinema 211
15 No fixed address: the women's picture from Outrage to Blue Steel 229
16 New Hollywood's new women: murder in mind - Sarah and Margie 247
17 Censorship and narrative indeterminacy in Basic Instinct: 'You won't learn anything from me I don't want you to know' 263
18 Rich and strange: the yuppie horror film 280
19 Would you take your child to see this film? The cultural and social work of the family-adventure movie 294
Select bibliography 312
Index 319
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