The Magic Hour: Film at Fin de Siecle

The Magic Hour: Film at Fin de Siecle

by J. Hoberman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566399955

ISBN-13: 9781566399951

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Temple University Press

The "magic hour" is the name film-makers give the pre-dusk late afternoon, when anything photographed can be bathed in a melancholy golden light. A similar mood characterized the movies of the 1990s, occasioned by cinema's 1995-96 centennial and the waning of the twentieth century, as well as the decline of cinephilia and the seemingly universal triumph of

Overview

The "magic hour" is the name film-makers give the pre-dusk late afternoon, when anything photographed can be bathed in a melancholy golden light. A similar mood characterized the movies of the 1990s, occasioned by cinema's 1995-96 centennial and the waning of the twentieth century, as well as the decline of cinephilia and the seemingly universal triumph of Hollywood.

The Magic Hour: Film at Fin de Siècle anthologizes J. Hoberman's movie reviews, cultural criticism, and political essays, published in The Village Voice, Artforum, and elsewhere during the period bracketed by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the World Trade Towers. Demonstrating Hoberman's range as a critic, this collection reflects on the influence of Fritz Lang, as well as Quentin Tarantino, on the end of the Western and representation of the Gulf War, the Hong Kong neo-wave and the "boomerography" manifest in the cycle of movies inspired by the reign of Bill Clinton. As in his previous anthology, Vulgar Modernism: Writings on Movies and Other Media (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Hoberman's overriding interest is the intersection of popular culture and political power at the point where the history of film merges with what Jean-Luc Godard called "the film of history. "

Author Biography: J. Hoberman is Film Critic at The Village Voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399951
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Culture and the Moving Image Ser.
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: All as it Had Been1
I.Pulp Fictions
The Lang Twentieth Century9
White Dog12
Basic Instinct14
Blade Runner18
Kiss Me Deadly20
Natural Born Killers23
Pulp Fiction26
Meet "Beat" Takeshi29
Ashes of Time31
Mars Attacks!33
Starship Troopers35
San Sergio Leone36
II.Adventures in Dreamland
The Long Day Closes41
Exotica43
Die Hard with a Vengeance45
I Shot Andy Warhol47
Aventurera50
Vertigo51
The Truman Show53
There's Something about Mary (and Mary)55
How Star Wars Supplanted Religion, Mutated the Species, and Changed the Movies58
Run Shag Run66
Eyes Wide Shut68
In the Mood for Love71
The Man Who Cried73
A.I.: The Dreamlife of Androids76
III.Once and Future Vanguards
Naked Lunch and Tribulation 9983
Poison86
Avant Retro88
Archangel92
Sergei Paradjanov94
Lessons of Darkness97
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie98
Dead Man100
Fragments - Jerusalem102
Mother and Son105
Pecker107
The Idiots110
The Wind Will Carry Us112
Making New Memories114
Mulholland Drive118
IV.The History of Film, the Film of History
How the Western Was Lost123
Schindler's List132
Race Movies136
Jaws139
Quiz Show142
Nixon157
Get on the Bus159
Underground161
Point of Order164
Apocalypse Now and Then167
Back to Iraq173
V.Our Rock 'N' Roll President
Clinton VS. Bush: A Lover or a Fighter?181
The Clinton Show188
Born Again Again201
The Remaking of the President202
Bob Dole, American Hero205
Independence Day 1996207
Boom's End210
Entertainer-in-Chief212
Pleasantville: Somewhere Under the Rainbow216
Cine Clinton: The Contender et al.221
The Film Critic of Tomorrow, Today229
AppendixTen "10 Best" Lists, 1991-2000241
Index257

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