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.
|The New Hollywood||p. 8|
|Reclaiming the Social: Pedagogy, Resistance, and Politics in Celluloid Culture||p. 37|
|Pretty Is as Pretty Does: Free Enterprise and the Marriage Plot||p. 56|
|The Unauthorized Auteur Today||p. 77|
|Loose Canons: Constructing Cultural Traditions Inside and Outside the Academy||p. 86|
|Spectacles of Death: Identification, Reflexivity, and Contemporary Horror||p. 103|
|Hardware and Hardbodies, What Do Women Want?: A Reading of Thelma and Louise||p. 120|
|Thelma and Louise and the Cultural Generation of the New Butch-Femme||p. 129|
|Taboos and Totems: Cultural Meanings of The Silence of the Lambs||p. 142|
|The Powers of Seeing and Being Seen: Truth or Dare and Paris is Burning||p. 155|
|Spike Lee and the Fever in the Racial Jungle||p. 170|
|Split Skins: Female Agency and Bodily Mutilation in The Little Mermaid||p. 182|
|The Big Switch: Hollywood Masculinity in the Nineties||p. 196|
|Between Apocalypse and Redemption: John Singleton's Boyz N The Hood||p. 209|
|Making Cyborgs, Making Humans: Of Terminators and Blade Runners||p. 227|
|Genericity in the Nineties: Eclectic Irony and the New Sincerity||p. 242|
|List of Contributors||p. 295|
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Series: AFI Film Readers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
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