The End Of Cinema As We Know It: American Film in the Nineties

The End Of Cinema As We Know It: American Film in the Nineties

by Jon Lewis, Carole Boyce-Davies
     
 

The thirty-four brief essays in The End of Cinema As We Know It address a variety of topics, from film censorship and preservation to the changing structure and status of independent cinema -- from the continued importance of celebrity and stardom to the sudden importance of alternative video. While many of the contributors explore in detail the pictures that captured… See more details below

Overview

The thirty-four brief essays in The End of Cinema As We Know It address a variety of topics, from film censorship and preservation to the changing structure and status of independent cinema -- from the continued importance of celebrity and stardom to the sudden importance of alternative video. While many of the contributors explore in detail the pictures that captured the attention of the nineties film audience, such as Jurassic Park, Eyes Wide Shut, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. The Wedding Banquet, The Matrix, Independence Day, Gods and Monsters, The Nutty Professor, and Kids, several essays consider works that fall outside the category of film as it is conventionally defined -- the home "movie" of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's honeymoon and the amateur video of the LAPD beating of Rodney King.

Examining key films and filmmakers, the corporate players and industry trends, film styles and audio-visual technologies, the contributors to this volume spell out the end of cinema in terms of irony, cynicism and exhaustion, religious fundamentalism and fanaticism, and the decline of what we once used to call film culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814751619
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Jon Lewis is Professor of English at Oregon State University where he has taught film and cultural studies since 1983. His books include Whom God Wishes to Destroy . . . Francis Coppola and the New Hollywood, The Road to Romance and Ruin: Teen Films and Youth Culture, and (as editor) The New American Cinema.

Table of Contents

The End of Cinema As We Know It and I Feel ...: An Introduction to a Book on Nineties American Film1
IMovies, Money, and History
1The Blockbuster: Everything Connects, but Not Everything Goes11
2Those Who Disagree Can Kiss Jack Valenti's Ass23
3The Hollywood History Business33
4The Man Who Wanted to Go Back43
IIThings American (Sort Of)
5"American" Cinema in the 1990s and Beyond: Whose Country's Filmmaking Is It Anyway?53
6Marketing Marginalized Cultures: The Wedding Banquet, Cultural Identities, and Independent Cinema of the 1990s61
7Hollywood Redux: All about My Mother and Gladiator72
IIIFour Key Films
8The Zen of Masculinity - Rituals of Heroism in The Matrix83
9Ikea Boy Fights Back: Fight Club, Consumerism, and the Political Limits of Nineties Cinema95
10The Blair Witch Project, Macbeth, and the Indeterminate End105
11Empire of the Gun: Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and American Chauvinism115
12Saving Private Ryan Too Late131
IVPictures and Politics
13The Confusions of Warren Beatty141
14Movie Star Presidents150
15The Fantasy Image: Fixed and Moving158
16Men with Guns: The Story John Sayles Can't Tell168
17The End of Chicano Cinema175
VThe End of Masculinity As We Know It
18Being Keanu185
19Woody Allen, "the Artist," and "the Little Girl"195
20Affliction: When Paranoid Male Narratives Fail203
21The Phallus UnFetished: The End of Masculinity As We Know It in Late-1990s "Feminist" Cinema210
VIBodies at Rest and in Motion
22Bods and Monsters: The Return of the Bride of Frankenstein225
23Having Their Cake and Eating It Too: Fat Acceptance Films and the Production of Meaning237
VIIIndependents
24A Rant253
25The Case of Harmony Korine261
26Where Hollywood Fears to Tread: Autobiography and the Limits of Commercial Cinema269
27Smoke 'til You're Blue in the Face277
VIIINot Films Exactly
28Pamela Anderson on the Slippery Slope287
29King Rodney: The Rodney King Video and Textual Analysis300
30Live Video305
IXEndgames
31End of Story: The Collapse of Myth in Postmodern Narrative Film319
32Waiting for the End of the World: Christian Apocalyptic Media at the Turn of the Millennium332
33The Four Last Things: History, Technology, Hollywood, Apocalypse342
34Twenty-five Reasons Why It's All Over356
Contributors367
Index373

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