The Magic Hour: Film at Fin de Siecle

The Magic Hour: Film at Fin de Siecle

by J. Hoberman
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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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
IPulp Fictions9
IIAdventures in Dreamland41
IIIOnce and Future Vanguards83
IVThe History of Film, the Film of History123
VOur Rock 'n' Roll President181
The Film Critic of Tomorrow, Today229
AppTen "10 Best" Lists, 1991-2000241
Index257

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