The Big Picture

Author: Peter Krämer
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780851707877
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This study of the Hollywood mainstream addresses the questions which are asked about the world's most profitable film industry. Who are the decision makers? Which are the biggest names? Why do they make the films they do and what are the habits of film audiences? To provide answers, the book looks at key films from 1977 to 1997.

Im Netz der Filmgenres

Author: Sonja Schmid
Publisher: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag
ISBN: 3828858236
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Was haben Peter Jacksons Verfilmung von "The Lord of the Rings" und Disneys "Mary Poppins" gemeinsam? Welche Rolle spielt der ehemalige US-Präsident Georg W. Bush für Jacksons Trilogie? Und wie lassen sich solche Filme genrehistorisch betrachten? Sonja Schmid entwickelt ein vernetztes Modell der Geschichte von Filmgenres, das Werke nicht länger in fixe historische, politische oder gesellschaftliche Kontexte presst. Stattdessen trägt dieses Modell den vielfältigen Prozessen und Dynamiken Rechnung, die zur Entstehung eines Werkes beitragen. Am Genre "Fantasy" und insbesondere an Jacksons "The Lord of the Rings" veranschaulicht Schmid die Anwendung dieses Modells. Dabei zeigt sie, wie sich die Filmreihe und das sich um die Produktion rankende dichte Netzwerk, die unterschiedlichen Faktoren und Interessen simultan untersuchen sowie die zahlreichen historischen Fäden und Verknüpfungen, die eben jenes Netz bilden, nachverfolgen lassen.

The Titanic in Myth and Memory

Author: Tim Bergfelder
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781850434320
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Since its doomed maiden voyage in April 1912, the Titanic has become a monumental icon of the twentieth century and has inspired a wealth of interpretations across literature, art and media. This book is the first to present a fully comprehensive discussion of the diverse representations of the Titanic disaster in cinema, history, literature and art. The distinguished contributors draw out the connections as well as the differences in the way generations of artists and audiences have approached and used the tragedy and present an in-depth examination of its most recent interpretation, James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic. The book is both a valuable comparative text for media studies courses and a good read for the broad Titanic market.

Cinemas of the World

Author: James Chapman
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861895747
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The cinema has been the pre-eminent popular art form of the 20th century. In Cinemas of the World, James Chapman examines the relationship between film and society in the modern world: film as entertainment medium, film as a reflection of national cultures and preoccupations, film as an instrument of propaganda. He also explores two interrelated issues that have recurred throughout the history of cinema: the economic and cultural hegemony of Hollywood on the one hand, and, on the other, the attempts of film-makers elsewhere to establish indigenous national cinemas drawing on their own cultures and societies. Chapman examines the rise to dominance of Hollywood cinema in the silent and early sound periods. He discusses the characteristic themes of American movies from the Depression to the end of the Cold War especially those found in the western and film noir – genres that are often used as vehicles for exploring issues central to us society and politics. He looks at national cinemas in various European countries in the period between the end of the First World War and the end of the Second, which all exhibit the formal and aesthetic properties of modernism. The emergence of the so-called "new cinemas" of Europe and the wider world since 1960 are also explored. "Chapman is a tough-thinking, original writer . . . an engaging, excellent piece of work."—David Lancaster, Film and History

Movie Blockbusters

Author: Julian Stringer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136408215
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Big-budget, spectacular films designed to appeal to a mass audience: is this what - or all - blockbusters are? Movie Blockbusters brings together writings from key film scholars, including Douglas Gomery, Peter Kramer, Jon Lewis and Steve Neale, to address the work of notable blockbuster auteurs such as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, discuss key movies such as Star Wars and Titanic, and consider the context in which blockbusters are produced and consumed, including what the rise of the blockbuster says about the Hollywood film industry, how blockbusters are marketed and exhibited, and who goes to see them. The book also considers the movie scene outside Hollywood, discussing blockbusters made in Bollywood, China, South Korea, New Zealand and Argentina

The Lord of the Rings

Author: Ernest Mathijs
Publisher: Wallflower Press
ISBN:
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"Since their rise to popularity in the 1960s, the Lord of the Rings books have been an enduring cult success, revered by a fiercely faithful and steadily growing fan following which scrupulously guarded their integrity. Since the release of the film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings has become a global brand. Its public presence exceeds that of any other literature and its commercial potential seems limitless, evident not just in the unsurpassed box office succes and critical acclaim for the films, but also in the many fringe benefits and spin-offs." "The Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context takes the release of the film trilogy as a point of departure for an overview of the international impact of The Lord of the Rings in a range of cultural environments (the US, the UK, Europe and New Zealand). This anthology analyses the merchandising, box office figures, distribution, critical reception, fan following and cult status of the films, and focuses on how the different faces of the phenomenon, like the trailers, DVD editions, websites, computer games, music, location tours and even its unlikely erotic spin-offs contributed to making The Lord of the Rings the most publicly recognised brand image of the twenty-first century so far. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects

Author: Rama Venkatasawmy
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0739176218
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While many books have addressed visual effects in Hollywood cinema, The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood s Coming of Age, by Rama Venkatasawmy, fills an important gap in cinematic analysis and film history by providing a periodization and techno-historical account of visual effects in Hollywood cinema."

Screen methods

Author: Jacqueline Furby
Publisher: Wallflower Press
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Screen Methods: Comparative Readings in Film Studiesis a collection of essays that explores the progression of film studies, an increasingly popular subject at universities, and how it has been approached theoretically, culturally and historically. In doing so, the contributors provide invaluable insight into many of the theories at the heart of film studies. The book focuses on classical theories, culture-based approaches, early and modern theory, statistical approaches and the (potential) future of critical film theory. Divided into three sections, the essays discuss 'film form and method', including notions of time, space and sound in cinema; 'theory and method', including the idea of spectatorship and portrayals of sex, sexuality and family; and 'new technology and method', which includes digital cinema, the influence of special effects and audience studies. Films featured include Went the Day Well?(1942), Rear Window(1954), Star Wars(1977), A Room with a View(1985), Philadelphia(1993), Twelve Monkeys(1995), Romance(1999), American Beauty(1999) and Gladiator(2000), as well as the films of Jacques-Louis David and Ridley Scott.