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Hollywood Spectatorship: Changing Perceptions of Cinema Audiences
     

Hollywood Spectatorship: Changing Perceptions of Cinema Audiences

by Melvyn Stokes, Richard Maltby
 

ISBN-10: 0851708110

ISBN-13: 9780851708119

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: BFI Publishing

Illustrated
Theoretical notions of the cinema spectator have been at the center of film studies and criticism over the last two decades. This book re-examines concepts of spectatorship in the light of historical accounts of audience reception exploring how historical audiences have talked about Hollywood movies, and the ways in which this word-of-mouth response

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Illustrated
Theoretical notions of the cinema spectator have been at the center of film studies and criticism over the last two decades. This book re-examines concepts of spectatorship in the light of historical accounts of audience reception exploring how historical audiences have talked about Hollywood movies, and the ways in which this word-of-mouth response has affected the reception of individual movies and Hollywood in general.
A range of international contributors examine issues as diverse as the history of historical reception studies, genre and cultural authority, audience and promotional discourses, and the degree to which the critical "talk" generated by institutions of censorship or government limited the interpretative possibilities available to audiences. The book also explores issues of race and spectatorship, including the way in which James Baldwin related to the image of Bette Davies on screen through the constraints of his own race and sexuality. Hollywood Spectatorship also looks at the modern spectator as a domestic connoisseur, how in the last decade s/he has become as much an auditor as viewer and how the arrival of new technologies has brought about a new "hyper-spectator" in effect challenging received notions of the spectator and reception.
Discussing a range of films including The Silence of the Lambs, Fantasia, All About Eve and On the Beach, Hollywood Spectatorship represents a challenging reassessment of the significance of spectatorship within film criticism and interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851708119
Publisher:
BFI Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents


1. Historical Hollywood Spectatorship (Melvyn Stokes)
Part One: Talking Pictures: The Reception of Hollywood
2. Writing the History of American Film Reception (Janet Staiger)
3. Genre and Audience: Genre Classifications and Cultural Distinctions in the Mediation of Silence of the Lambs (Mark Jankovich)
4. Interpreting All About Eve: A Study in Historical Reception (Martin Shingler)
5. The Fall and Rise of Fantasia (Amy M. Davis)
6. Changing Perceptions of the Movies: American Catholics Debate Film Censorship (Gregory D. Black)
7. Historical Spectatorship Around and About Stanley Kramer's On the Beach (G. Tom Poe)
Part Two: The Spectator Reviewed
8. 'Green Like Me' (Jane Gaines)
9. The Sonic Playground: Hollywood Cinema and Its Listeners (Gianluca Segi)
10. The Contemporary Cinephile: Film Collecting in the Post-video Era (Barbara Klinger)
11. Virtual Hollywood and the Genealogy of its Hyper-spectator (Alain J.-J.Cohen

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