Mourning Films: A Critical Study of Loss and Grieving in Cinema

Mourning Films: A Critical Study of Loss and Grieving in Cinema

by Richard Armstrong




The first in-depth study of its subject, this book seeks to account for a type of modernist film that revolves around bereavement. Identifying the roots of the genre in classical melodrama and horror cinema, and tracing perennial themes and aesthetic devices through to the European and American “intellectual melodramas” of the postwar decades, the book provides a taxonomy of characteristics.
In the course of detailed case studies, the book deploys the film theory of Gilles Deleuze and Daniel Frampton while making use of Freudian psychoanalysis and present-day grief counseling theory. In making its case for the new genre, the book reflects upon the ways in which the very notion of genre has, in the post-classical period, responded to changing exhibition patterns, the rise of domestic spectatorship and the proliferation of Web-based film literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786466993
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Armstrong teaches film studies at Cambridge University and is an associate tutor affiliated with the British Film Institute. He lives in Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Manifestation 37

Chapter 2 Realization 67

Chapter 3 Acceptance 108

Chapter 4 Release 155

Conclusion 193

Bibliography 197

Index 205

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Catherine Grant

This is work of very high quality indeed. It makes an important and original contribution to the discipline of film studies as well as to wider, psychological, approaches to cultural texts. Armstrong's knowledge and understanding of film history and theory, and his remarkable skills in film analysis and interpretation, too, shine out on every page of this book. It was a pleasure, albeit often a poignant one, to read it. (Catherine Grant, senior lecturer in Film Studies, School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex, United Kingdom)

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