Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers

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Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers examines the work of of some of today's most popular, original and influential cinematic voices from around the world. The subjects of these fifty essays are drawn from such diverse cinematic traditions as Europe cinema, mainstream Hollywood movies, independent American film, Chinese and Japanese cinema. Among those featured in this lively reference are:

Pedro Almodovar Luc Besson Joel and Ethan Coen David Cronenberg Julie Dash Hal Hartley David Lynch Martin Scorsese Lars Von Trier Wim Wenders

These essays outlines its subject's career, discussing the major films, the genres in which he or she works, references and relationships to other films and filmmakers, and concluding with an assessment of his or her status as an auteur. With each entry supplemented by a filmography, references and suggestions for further reading, this is a guide to modern cinema which students of, or anyone interested in, contemporary film will find indispensable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415189736
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/24/2002
  • Series: Routledge Key Guides Series
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Tasker is Professor in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and Action Cinema and Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture, both published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Notes on the text
Introduction: Authorship and contemporary film culture 1
Allison Anders 9
Aoyama Shinji 16
Gregg Araki 25
Jean-Jacques Beineix 33
Bernardo Bertolucci in context 41
Luc Besson: Bard and filmmaker 51
Kathryn Bigelow 59
Charles Burnett 65
Tim Burton 73
James Cameron 81
Jane Campion 90
Jackie Chan 99
The Coen brothers 108
Francis Ford Coppola 118
David Cronenberg 126
Julie Dash 135
Homeless: Atom Egoyan in Canada 146
David Fincher 154
Hal Hartley 161
Todd Haynes: To act with grandeur 169
Stranger than fiction: The rise and fall of Jim Jarmusch 177
Neil Jordan 186
The face of a sad rat: The cinematic universe of the Kaurismaki brothers 195
New waves, authorship, and the politics of the festival circuit: Abbas Kiarostami and the new Iranian cinema 204
Krzysztof Kieslowski: Why Kieslowski? 211
Diane Kurys 220
Ang Lee 227
Spike Lee 235
David Lynch 244
Michael Mann: Elegies on the post-industrial landscape 253
Mira Nair 263
Sally Potter: The making of a British woman filmmaker 272
John Sayles: Integrity and borders 280
Martin Scorsese: Movies and religion 289
Coline Serreau 296
Steven Soderbergh 303
Todd Solondz 311
Steven Spielberg 319
Oliver Stone 328
Quentin Tarantino 338
Tsui Hark 346
Making movies that matter: Christine Vachon, independent film producer 353
Lars von Trier 361
Wayne Wang 370
Peter Weir: Australian auteur / Hollywood director 378
Wim Wenders 386
Wong Kar-Wai 395
John Woo 403
Zhang Yimou 412
Zhang Yuan 418
Index 431
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