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Film Theory Goes to the Movies : Cultural Analysis of Contemporary Film - Jim Collins

Film Theory Goes to the Movies

Cultural Analysis of Contemporary Film

By: Jim Collins (Editor), Ava Preacher Collins (Editor), Hilary Radner (Editor)

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Published: 4th March 1993
For Ages: 18 years old
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Film theory--it isn't just about Eisenstein anymore.
While "film theory" has produced a significant body of influential scholarship, defining the cutting edge of critical analysis for the past two decades, the majority of this work has focused on "classical" Hollywood, European cinema, and avant-garde films. More recent films, especially high-grossing blockbusters, are conspicuously absent from this field of study, relegated to the narrow realm of popular reviewing.
"Film Theory Goes to the Movies" fills this gap by providing provocative analyses of such current popular films as "The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train," and "Jungle Fever." Within the field of film study, these essays argue for the continuing need to engage in critical, ideological dialogues, and within the broader context of the academy, this collection addresses the debates concerning cultural authority, canonicity, multiculturalism, and radical pedagogy.
"Film Theory Goes to the Movies" employs 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. It is an important introduction to contemporary Hollywood which will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.

Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
The New Hollywoodp. 8
Reclaiming the Social: Pedagogy, Resistance, and Politics in Celluloid Culturep. 37
Pretty Is as Pretty Does: Free Enterprise and the Marriage Plotp. 56
The Unauthorized Auteur Todayp. 77
Loose Canons: Constructing Cultural Traditions Inside and Outside the Academyp. 86
Spectacles of Death: Identification, Reflexivity, and Contemporary Horrorp. 103
Hardware and Hardbodies, What Do Women Want?: A Reading of Thelma and Louisep. 120
Thelma and Louise and the Cultural Generation of the New Butch-Femmep. 129
Taboos and Totems: Cultural Meanings of The Silence of the Lambsp. 142
The Powers of Seeing and Being Seen: Truth or Dare and Paris is Burningp. 155
Spike Lee and the Fever in the Racial Junglep. 170
Split Skins: Female Agency and Bodily Mutilation in The Little Mermaidp. 182
The Big Switch: Hollywood Masculinity in the Ninetiesp. 196
Between Apocalypse and Redemption: John Singleton's Boyz N The Hoodp. 209
Making Cyborgs, Making Humans: Of Terminators and Blade Runnersp. 227
Genericity in the Nineties: Eclectic Irony and the New Sincerityp. 242
Notesp. 265
List of Contributorsp. 295
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415905763
ISBN-10: 0415905761
Series: AFI Film Readers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 4th March 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 14.83  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1