Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work beyond Hollywood [NOOK Book]

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Outside the shrinking American film-culture market there is a vast movie-crazed world where madmen, geniuses, and apostates roam freely, subject to a relatively minimal degree of corporate industry and spin control. In Exile Cinema, prominent film critics profile the oeuvres of working, thriving international filmmakers-from Bela Tarr to Judith Helfand, from Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Guy Maddin to Chantal Akerman and Michele Soavi, from Chris Marker to the newest thresholds of contemporary film. These filmmakers ...
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Overview

Outside the shrinking American film-culture market there is a vast movie-crazed world where madmen, geniuses, and apostates roam freely, subject to a relatively minimal degree of corporate industry and spin control. In Exile Cinema, prominent film critics profile the oeuvres of working, thriving international filmmakers-from Bela Tarr to Judith Helfand, from Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Guy Maddin to Chantal Akerman and Michele Soavi, from Chris Marker to the newest thresholds of contemporary film. These filmmakers battle the greatest odds a modern artist can face: the opposition of mass culture at large and a medium that requires enormous expenditures in every stage of production and distribution. Naturally, the average American moviehead rarely gets a chance to see these marginalized directors' work and often knows about them only through dazzled rumors and rhapsodic hearsay. Whimsical and deeply subjective, the viewpoints and evangelisms in Exile Cinema will serve as salve for the cineaste's lonesome fury.
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This superb collection represents a 'who's who' of contemporary film criticism that brings the reader into closer contact with some of the most important filmmakers working today. Elegant and erudite, this is a key volume for twenty-first-century film studies, a volume to read again and again with pleasure and wonder.— Wheeler Winston Dixon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791478615
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 347 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Atkinson is Professor of Film at the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University and former staff film critic for the Village Voice. His previous books include Flickipedia; Ghosts in the Machine: The Dark Heart of Pop Cinema; Blue Velvet; and a collection of poetry, One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Michael Atkinson     1
Rockets from East Asia     9
Double Trouble: Tsui Hark & Ching Siu-tung   Howard Hampton     11
Bullet Ballet: Seijun Suzuki   Jonathan Rosenbaum     21
Kuala L'Impure: The Cinema of Amir Muhammad   Dennis Lim     27
A Kurosawa Kiyoshi Kit   B. Kite     41
The Bong Show: Bong Joon-ho   Ed Park     49
On the European Outskirts     55
Beyond the Clouds: The Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan   Geoff Andrew     57
Pawel Pawlikowski: Dreaming All My Life   Jessica Winter     63
Bela Tarr   Jonathan Romney     73
Blunt Force Trauma: Andrzej Zulawski   Michael Atkinson     79
Sharunas Bartas   Laura Sinagra     87
Documentarians and Mad Scientists     93
Ken Jacobs   David Sterritt     95
A Few Moments of Arousal in a Film by Martin Arnold   George Toles     101
Ross McElwee   Godfrey Cheshire     111
Judith Helfand: Secret Stories, Video Diaries, and Toxic Comedy   Patricia Aufderheide     117
Lostbetween Genre and Myth-Making     123
The Beardo: Jose Mojica Marins   Guy Maddin     125
Dellamorte Dellamore and Michele Soavi   Maitland McDonagh     131
Guy Maddin   Mark Peranson     137
James Fotopoulos   Ed Halter     145
Christopher Munch: For Those We Have Loved   Graham Fuller     151
Defiant Lions of the New Wave Generation     161
Pleasures of the Flesh: Walerian Borowczyk   David Thompson     163
Chris Marker: The Return to Work at the Wonder Factory   Joshua Clover     169
Moebius Dragstrip: Monte Hellman Circles Back   Chuck Stephens     175
The Not-Too-Long Discourses of Chantal Akerman   Stuart Klawans     189
List of Contributors     197
Index     203
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