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The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic by Kevin J. Harty

By Kevin J. Harty

genuine and fanciful stories of the Nordic warriors often called Vikings have confirmed impossible to resist to filmmakers for almost a century. various, favorite actors from Kirk Douglas, Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier to Tim Robbins and John Cleese, and famous administrators, together with Richard Fleischer, Clive Donner and Terry Jones, have all lent their skills to Viking–related movies. those fourteen essays on movies facing the Viking period talk about American, British and ecu productions. Analyzed intimately are such motion pictures as The Vikings (1958), The lengthy Ships (1964), Alfred the Great (1969), Erik the Viking (1989) and Outlander (2008), in addition to comic-strip diversifications, the 1954 and 1989 motion pictures of Prince Valiant and the lively Astérix and the Vikings (2006). A complete filmography can also be included.

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Transfigurations : Violence, Death and Masculinity in by Asbjørn Grønstad

By Asbjørn Grønstad

in lots of senses, audience have reduce their tooth at the violence in American cinema: from Anthony Perkins slashing Janet Leigh within the so much notorious of bathe scenes; to the Nineteen Seventies masterpieces of Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Francis Ford Coppola; to our present-day undertakings in imagining international annihilations via terrorism, conflict, and alien grudges. Transfigurations brings our cultural obsession with movie violence right into a renewed discussion with modern thought. Grønstad argues that using violence in Hollywood motion pictures might be understood semiotically instead of considered realistically; Tranfigurations hence alters either our technique of analyzing violence in motion pictures and the meanings we assign to them, depicting violence now not as a self-contained incident, yet as a convoluted community of our personal cultural ideologies and beliefs.

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Presidents in the Movies: American History and Politics on by I. Morgan

By I. Morgan

Cinematic depictions of actual U.S. presidents from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush discover how Hollywood videos characterize American background and politics on display. Morgan and his participants convey how motion pictures combination fantasy and truth to offer a favorable message approximately presidents because the epitome of America's values and idealism until eventually unpopular overseas wars in Vietnam and Iraq resulted in a darker portrayal of the imperial presidency, operated by means of Richard Nixon and Bush forty three. This fascinating new assortment extra considers how Hollywood has continuously reinterpreted traditionally major presidents, particularly Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to slot the days within which videos approximately them have been made.

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Ed Wood, Mad Genius: A Critical Study of the Films by Rob Craig

By Rob Craig

Filmmaker Ed wooden was once arguable and significantly maligned, even classified “the worst director of all time,” but he accomplished cult prestige and is still of serious curiosity this day. This e-book frames Wood’s paintings, resembling the cross-dressing themed Glen or Glenda? and the haphazard Bride of the Monster, as reflections of the tradition in their period. wooden consistently labored with infinitesimal budgets, taking pictures at breakneck pace, incorporating plot twists that rejected all good judgment. but there has been a tangible if unfocused thematic thrust to Wood’s motion pictures, which meditate fitfully on gender, faith and society, revealing a “holy trinity” of fixations—sex, demise and resurrection. Wood’s notorious Plan nine From Outer house encapsulates the fixations and flaws that have been his hallmarks, and with 22 different movies, is explored right here. A filmography and forty seven photos are included.

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Sonic Space in Djibril Diop Mambety's Films (African by Vlad Dima

By Vlad Dima

The paintings of Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety’s cinema lies within the pressure created among the visible narrative and the aural narrative. His paintings has been thought of highly influential, and his motion pictures bridge Western practices of filmmaking and oral traditions from West Africa. Mambety’s movie Touki Bouki is taken into account one of many foundational works of African cinema. Vlad Dima proposes a brand new examining of Mambety’s whole filmography from the viewpoint of sound. Following contemporary analytical styles in movie reviews that problem the primacy of the visible, Dima claims that Mambety makes use of voices, noise, and silence as narrative instruments that generate their very own tales and sonic areas. through turning an ear to cinema, Dima pushes African aesthetics to the foreground of inventive creativity and makes a speciality of the severe significance of sound in international cinema.

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Women Filmmakers: Refocusing by Jacqueline Levitin,Judith Plessis,Valerie Raoul

By Jacqueline Levitin,Judith Plessis,Valerie Raoul

This wide-ranging quantity of latest paintings brings jointly ladies filmmakers and critics who discuss what has replaced during the last 20 years. together with such filmmakers as Margarethe von Trotta, Deepa Mehta, and Pratibha Parmar, and such critics as E. Ann Kaplan, this accomplished quantity addresses political, inventive, and financial questions important to figuring out the connection of ladies to the artwork and company of filmmaking.

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Culture of Class: Radio and Cinema in the Making of a by Matthew B. Karush

By Matthew B. Karush

In an cutting edge cultural background of Argentine videos and radio within the a long time ahead of Peronism, Matthew B. Karush demonstrates that festival with jazz and Hollywood cinema formed Argentina's household cultural construction in an important methods, as Argentine manufacturers attempted to raise their choices to attract shoppers seduced via North American modernity. while, the transnational industry inspired those manufacturers to compete by means of advertising "authentic" Argentine tradition. household filmmakers, radio and recording marketers, lyricists, musicians, actors, and screenwriters borrowed seriously from a wealthy culture of well known melodrama. even supposing the ensuing mass tradition trafficked in conformism and consumerist titillation, it additionally disseminated types of nationwide id that celebrated the advantage and dignity of the negative, whereas denigrating the rich as grasping and mean-spirited. This anti-elitism has been missed through historians, who've depicted radio and cinema as tools of social solidarity and middle-class formation. examining tango and people songs, movie comedies and dramas, radio cleaning soap operas, and different genres, Karush argues that the Argentine tradition industries generated polarizing photographs and narratives that supplied a lot of the discursive uncooked fabric from which Juan and Eva Perón equipped their mass movement.

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Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of by Alison Macor

By Alison Macor

in the course of the Nineties, Austin accomplished 'overnight' good fortune and famous person as an important position for self sustaining filmmaking. administrators Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez proved that in the neighborhood made movies with local subject matters resembling "Slacker" and "El Mariachi" may seize a countrywide viewers. Their good fortune helped remodel Austin's home-grown movie group right into a specialist movie staffed with gifted, skilled filmmakers and outfitted with state-of-the art-production amenities. this present day, Austin struggles to stability the expansion and growth of its movie neighborhood with an ongoing dedication to nurture the following iteration of self sustaining filmmakers. "Chainsaws, Slackers, and secret agent children" chronicles the evolution of this fight by means of re-creating Austin's vibrant motion picture background. in accordance with revealing interviews with Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Mike pass judgement on, Quentin Tarantino, Matthew McConaughey, George Lucas, and a couple of hundred different avid gamers within the neighborhood and nationwide movie industries, Alison Macor explores how Austin has turn into a proving flooring for modern self sufficient cinema.
She starts off within the early Nineteen Seventies with Tobe Hooper's horror vintage, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and follows the improvement of the Austin movie scene via 2001 with the construction and liberate of Rodriguez's $100-million blockbuster, "Spy Kids". each one bankruptcy explores the behind-the-scenes tale of a selected motion picture, akin to Linklater's "Dazed and burdened" and Judge's "Office Space", opposed to the backdrop of Austin's ever-expanding movie community.

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Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance by Joram ten Brink,Joshua Oppenheimer

By Joram ten Brink,Joshua Oppenheimer

Cinema has lengthy formed not just how mass violence is perceived but in addition the way it is played. this present day, whilst media insurance is critical to the execution of terror campaigns and information anchormen function embedded newshounds, a severe realizing of the way the relocating photograph is implicated within the imaginations and activities of perpetrators and survivors of violence is the entire extra pressing. If the cinematic photograph and mass violence are one of the defining good points of modernity, the previous is considerably implicated within the latter, and the character of this implication is the book’s principal concentration. This edited anthology brings jointly more than a few newly commissioned essays and interviews from the world’s top lecturers and documentary filmmakers, together with Ben Anderson, Errol Morris, Harun Farocki, Rithy Phan, Avi Mograbi, Brian Winston, and Michael Chanan. participants discover such themes because the stress among remembrance and function, the functionality of relocating photos within the execution of political violence, and nonfiction filmmaking tools that facilitate groups of survivors to answer, get better, and redeem a historical past that sought to bodily and symbolically annihilate them

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Sounds of the Future: Essays on Music in Science Fiction by Mathew J. Bartkowiak

By Mathew J. Bartkowiak

overlaying titles starting from Rocketship X-M (1950) to Wall-E (2008), those insightful essays degree the connection among tune and technology fiction movie from various educational views. Thematic sections survey particular compositions used in technological know-how fiction video clips; Broadway’s dating with the style; technology fiction components in well known songs; the conveyance of subjectivity and id via tune; and such person composers as Richard Strauss (2001: an area Odyssey) and Bernard Herrmann (The Day the Earth Stood Still).

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