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Film at the Intersection of High and Mass Culture
     

Film at the Intersection of High and Mass Culture

by Paul Coates
 
This book analyzes the contradictions and interaction between high and low art, with reference to Hollywood and European cinema. Written in an essayist, speculative style, this study also includes analyses of several key films of the 1980s. Tracing the boundaries of film noir, science fiction and melodrama, it demonstrates how these genres were radically expanded by

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This book analyzes the contradictions and interaction between high and low art, with reference to Hollywood and European cinema. Written in an essayist, speculative style, this study also includes analyses of several key films of the 1980s. Tracing the boundaries of film noir, science fiction and melodrama, it demonstrates how these genres were radically expanded by such filmmakers as Neil Jordan, Chris Marker and Georges Franju. While defining the conditions under which the symbiotic relationship between high and mass culture can be cross-fertilizing, this study stresses their inevitably contradictory characteristics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521444729
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/25/1994
Series:
Studies in Film
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

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