Film Theory Goes to the Movies: Cultural Analysis of Contemporary Film

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Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train, and Jungle Fever.

They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist...

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Overview

Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train, and Jungle Fever.

They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist theory, as well as recent developments in African American and gay and lesbian criticism. An important introduction to contemporary Hollywood, this anthology will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415905763
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/21/1992
  • Series: AFI Film Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 809,129
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Jim Collins
Jim Collins
With his bestselling business books Built to Last and Good to Great, Jim Collins uses his research and smart writing to bust management myths and offer important insights about what makes top companies tick.

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Collins has been married to wife Joanne for 22 years; the pair got engaged four days after their first date. When I finished Good to Great, Joanne said, “It’s nice to have you back” -- even though I’d been sitting just 20 feet away in the Morris chair for all those months of writing. That’s just the nature of writing a book; it requires a degree of obsession and productive neurosis.

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      Boulder, Colorado
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 25, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Colorado
    1. Education:
      B.S. in mathematical sciences, Stanford University, 1980; M.B.A., Stanford University, 1983
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The New Hollywood 8
2 Reclaiming the Social: Pedagogy, Resistance, and Politics in Celluloid Culture 37
3 Pretty Is as Pretty Does: Free Enterprise and the Marriage Plot 56
4 The Unauthorized Auteur Today 77
5 Loose Canons: Constructing Cultural Traditions Inside and Outside the Academy 86
6 Spectacles of Death: Identification, Reflexivity, and Contemporary Horror 103
7 Hardware and Hardbodies, What Do Women Want?: A Reading of Thelma and Louise 120
8 Thelma and Louise and the Cultural Generation of the New Butch-Femme 129
9 Taboos and Totems: Cultural Meanings of The Silence of the Lambs 142
10 The Powers of Seeing and Being Seen: Truth or Dare and Paris is Burning 155
11 Spike Lee and the Fever in the Racial Jungle 170
12 Split Skins: Female Agency and Bodily Mutilation in The Little Mermaid 182
13 The Big Switch: Hollywood Masculinity in the Nineties 196
14 Between Apocalypse and Redemption: John Singleton's Boyz N The Hood 209
15 Making Cyborgs, Making Humans: Of Terminators and Blade Runners 227
16 Genericity in the Nineties: Eclectic Irony and the New Sincerity 242
Notes 265
List of Contributors 295
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