The Cinematic City

The Cinematic City

by David Clarke
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Taylor & Francis
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The Cinematic City

The Cinematic City offers an innovative and thought-provoking insight into cityscape and screenscape and their inter-connection. Illustrated throughout with movie stills, a diverse selection of films (from 'Bladerunner' to 'Little Caesar'), genres, cities and historical periods are examined by leading names in the field. The key dimensions of film and urban theory are introduced before detailed analysis of the various cinematic forms which relate most significantly to the city. From early cinema and documentary film, to film noir, 'New Wave' and 'postmodern cinema', the contributors provide a wealth of empirical material and illustration whilst drawing on the theoretical insights of contemporary feminism, Benjamin, Baudrillard, Foucault, Lacan, and others.
The Cinematic City shows how the city has been undeniably shaped by the cinematic form, and how cinema owes much of its nature to the historical development of urban space. Engaging with current theoretical debates, this is a book that is set to change the way in which we think about both the nature of the city and film.
Contributors: Giuliana Bruno, Iain Chambers, Marcus Doel, David Clarke, Anthony Easthope, Elisabeth Mahoney, Will Straw, Stephen Ward, John Gold, James Hay, Rob
Lapsley, Frank Krutnik

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415127462
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

David B. Clarke -- Introduction: Previewing the Cinematic City

1 Colin McArthur -- Chinese Boxes and Russian Dolls: Tracking the Elusive Cinematic City

2 Giuliana Bruno -- City Views: The Voyage of Film Images

3 John R. Gold and

Stephen V. Ward -- Of Plans and Planners: Documentary Film and the Challenge of the Urban Future, 1935-52

4 Frank Krutnik -- Something More than Night: Tales of the Noir City

5 Will Straw -- Urban Confidential: The Lurid City of the 1950s


Anthony Easthope -- Cincities in the Sixties

7 Marcus A. Doel and David B. Clarke -- From Ramble City to the Screening of the Eye: Blade Runner, Death and Symbolic Exchange

8 Elisabeth Mahoney -- `The People in Parentheses': Space Under Pressure in

the Postmodern City

9 Rob Lapsley -- Mainly in Cities and at Night: Some Notes on Cities and Film

10 James Hay -- Piecing Together What Remains of the Cinematic City

11 Iain Chambers -- Maps, Movies, Musics and Memory

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