The Cinema of Generation X: A Critical Study of Films and Directors / Edition 1

The Cinema of Generation X: A Critical Study of Films and Directors / Edition 1

by Peter Hanson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786413344

ISBN-13: 9780786413348

Pub. Date: 02/20/2002

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

When Steven Soderbergh exploded onto movie screens with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, it represented more than the arrival of an important new director—it heralded the arrival of an entire generation of important new directors. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Kevin Smith (Dogma), David Fincher (Fight Club), M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), Ben

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When Steven Soderbergh exploded onto movie screens with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, it represented more than the arrival of an important new director—it heralded the arrival of an entire generation of important new directors. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Kevin Smith (Dogma), David Fincher (Fight Club), M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), Ben Stiller (Reality Bites), Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor), and dozens of others are all members of Generation X, the much talked about but much misunderstood successors to baby boomers.

This book is a critical study of the films directed by Gen Xers and how those directors have been influenced by their generational identity. While Generation X as a whole sometimes seems to lack direction, its filmmakers have devoted their careers to making powerful statements about contemporary society and their generation's role in it.

Each section of the book deals with an aspect of Gen X filmmaking, including the influence of popular culture, postmodern narrative devices, "slackerdom" and the lack of direction, disenfranchisement and nihilism, the ever-evolving role of technology, gender issues and sexuality, the question of race, the influence of older filmmakers, and visions of the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413348
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/20/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface1
1The Arrival3
2Born in the USA9
3Culture Vultures18
4Growing Pains43
5To Slack or Not to Slack61
6Take This McJob and Shove It72
7From Romance to Rape86
8Uncomfortably Numb102
9Out for Blood117
10Touchy Subjects134
11Worlds Beyond Worlds149
12Where Do We Go from Here?167
App. 1Key Generation X Filmmakers177
App. 2Notable Generation X Films199
Notes209
Bibliography211
Index215

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