The Politics of Hollywood Cinema

Author: R. Rushton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137316160
Format: PDF
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The Politics of Hollywood Cinema radically transforms our understanding of cinema's potential to be politically engaging and challenging. Examining several films from Hollywood's classical era, including Marked Woman, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Born Yesterday, On the Waterfront and It Should Happen to You, alongside contemporary theories of democracy advanced by Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Claude Lefort, Étienne Balibar and Jacques Rancière, Richard Rushton argues that popular films can offer complex subtle, relevant and controversial approaches to democracy and politics.

Medialisierungen der Macht

Author: Irina Gradinari
Publisher: Verlag Wilhelm Fink
ISBN: 3846763411
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Die Konjunktur des Politischen in neueren Kinofilmen und Fernsehserien ist mit tradierten Oppositionen – wie der von Inhalt und Form – nicht mehr zu beschreiben. Vielmehr lässt sich konstatieren, dass Theorie und Praxis des Politischen längst mit filmischen Fiktionen verflochten sind: Diese vermitteln zwischen universalen und partikularen Perspektiven, entwerfen Figurentypen und Verhaltensmuster und intervenieren in aktuelle Diskurse. Ein neuer "medialer Realismus", der diese Unhintergehbarkeit der Medien selbst sichtbar macht, bildet den thematischen Horizont der Beiträge dieses Sammelbands. Unter den Aspekten des Affizierens, Modellierens und Tradierens werden die theoretischen und ästhetischen Neuansätze des aktuellen politischen Kinos anhand einschlägiger Beispiele diskutiert.

The Romanian Cinema of Nationalism

Author: Onoriu Colăcel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476631018
Format: PDF, ePub
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 Prior to the collapse of communism, Romanian historical movies were political, encouraging nationalistic feelings and devotion to the state. Vlad the Impaler and other such iconic figures emerged as heroes rather than loathsome bloodsuckers, celebrating a shared sense of belonging. The past decade has, however, presented Romanian films in which ordinary people are the stars—heroes, go-getters, swindlers and sore losers. The author explores a wide selection, old and new, of films set in the Romanian past.

Cinematic Ethics

Author: Robert Sinnerbrink
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317336100
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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How do movies evoke and express ethical ideas? What role does our emotional involvement play in this process? What makes the aesthetic power of cinema ethically significant? Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film addresses these questions by examining the idea of cinema as a medium of ethical experience with the power to provoke emotional understanding and philosophical thinking. In a clear and engaging style, Robert Sinnerbrink examines the key philosophical approaches to ethics in contemporary film theory and philosophy using detailed case studies of cinematic ethics across different genres, styles, and filmic traditions. Written in a lucid and lively style that will engage both specialist and non-specialist readers, this book is ideal for use in the academic study of philosophy and film. Key features include annotated suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter and a filmography of movies useful for teaching and researching cinematic ethics.

Camera Politica

Author: Michael Ryan
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253206046
Format: PDF, ePub
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" … a modern mythography, a study of contemporary Hollywood films based on the tools offered by feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxist cultural theory, and deconstruction." —Village Voice "Solidly thought-out observation of the films of the 70's and 80's that comment on the system." —Audience "... intelligent, open advocacy. Its responsible arrangement of carefully described cultural materials will challenge students and instructors alike." —Teaching Philosophy Camera Politica is a comprehensive study of Hollywood film during a period of tremendous change in American history, a period that witnessed the end of the American empire, crises in the economy, a failure of political leadership, loss at war, and the rise of the Right.

American Politics in Hollywood Film

Author: Ian Scott
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781579583057
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is the first book to investigate Hollywood's treatment of American politics, politicians and political institutions. The author explains the influence - through creative, ideological and financial means - that Hollywood has on politics, and vice-versa. Key questions of agenda setting are addressed, as are the value-oriented frames of reference that Hollywood has helped shape in educating and directing the American public about politics and democracy. American Politics in Hollywood Filmis structured thematically, introducing sub-genres of election films, political biographies, action, adventure and thriller films. There is an overarching chronological pattern, beginning in the 1930's and ending in the 1990's, allowing the reader to trace the progression of the genre. 25 black/white film stills are included.

Film Theory Goes to the Movies

Author: Jim Collins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135216452
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train, and Jungle Fever. They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist theory, as well as recent developments in African American and gay and lesbian criticism. An important introduction to contemporary Hollywood, this anthology will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.

Visions of Empire

Author: Stephen Prince
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275936624
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"Visions of Empire" explores film's function as a medium of political communication, recognizing not just the propaganda film, but the various ways that conventional narrative films embody, question, or critique established social values underlying American attitudes toward historical, social, and political events. Stephen Prince discusses Hollywood film productions of the 1980s in terms of salient political issues of the period, including anxieties about declining U.S. military power, the wars in Central America and the prospects for U.S. intervention, the legacy of the Vietnam War, and urban decay. In analyzing these images and narratives, the author also describes and evaluates the cinematic styles available in the Hollywood tradition to filmmakers who address political issues. Chapter 1 establishes the theoretical framework by considering features of the political landscape of the Reagan era. Theories about political representation and the place of ideology in film are also examined. Chapters 2 through 5 focus on the major cycles of political films. Chapter 2 examines the new Cold War films which played upon fears of the Soviet menace ("Rambo," " Invasion USA," "Red Dawn," and "Top Gun"). Chapter 3 discusses the small group of films--Under Fire, Salvador, El Norte and others--that addressed the wars in Latin America and the ways they explained the origins of the conflicts and the U.S. role therein. Various histories and mythologies on film of the Vietnam War are examined in Chapter 4 as examples of the symbolic reconstruction of social memory. Chapter 5 looks at politicized science fiction films ("Blade Runne"r, "Aliens," "Robocop," and "Total Recall") offering critical commentaries on the pathologies of contemporary urban society and capitalism.

Hollywood Goes to Washington

Author: Michael Coyne
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861895771
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Fantasy and politics are familiar dancing partners that rarely separate, even in the face of post–Election Day realities. But Hollywood has a tradition of punching holes in the fairy tales of electoral promises with films that meditate on what could have been and should have been. With Hollywood Goes to Washington,Michael Coyne investigates how the American political film unravels the labyrinthine entanglements of politics and the psyche of the American electorate in order to reveal brutal truths about the state of our democracy. From conspiracy dramas such as The Manchurian Candidate to satires like Wag the Dog, Hollywood Goes to Washington argues that political films in American cinema have long reflected the issues and tensions roiling within American society. Coyne elucidates the mythology, iconography, and ideology embedded in both classic and lesser-known films—including Gabriel Over the White House, Silver City, Advise and Consent, and The Siege—and examines the cinematic portrayals of presidents in the White House, the everyman American citizen, and the nebulous enemies who threaten American democracy. The author provocatively contends that whether addressing the threat of domestic fascism in Citizen Kane or the disillusionment of Vietnam and paranoia of the post-Watergate era in Executive Action, the American political film stands as an important cultural bellwether and democratic force—one that is more vital than ever in the face of decreasing civil liberties in the present-day United States. Compelling and wholly original, Hollywood Goes to Washington exposes the political power of the silver screen and its ramifications for contemporary American culture.

Approaches to Popular Film

Author: Joanne Hollows
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719043932
Format: PDF
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An invaluable introduction to popular film and the way in which it is studied this book brings together the critical approaches and issues that have sought to define popular film from the 1950s to the present day. It includes discussion of mass culture theory and political economy; auteur theory; genre theory; star studies; historical poetics; screen theory; feminism and cultural studies. Written by specialists, Approaches to popular film is an ideal textbook for students coming to film theory for the first time.