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Screening the Past : Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema - Pam Cook

Screening the Past

Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema

By: Pam Cook

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Published: 28th October 2004
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This lively and accessible collection explores film culture's obsession with the past, offering searching and provocative analyses of a wide range of titles from" Mildred Pierce" and "Brief Encounter "to "Raging Bull "and "In the Mood for Love." It engages with current debates about the role of cinema in mediating history through memory and nostalgia, suggesting that many films use strategies of memory to produce diverse forms of knowledge which challenge established ideas of history, and the traditional role of historians. The work of contemporary directors such as Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Todd Haynes and Wong Kar-wai is used to examine the different ways they deploy creative processes of memory, arguing that these movies can tell us much about our complex relationship to the past, and about history and identity. Pam Cook also investigates the recent history of film studies, re-viewing the developments that have culminated in the exciting, if daunting, present moment. Classic essays sit side by side with new research, contextualized by introductions which bring them up-to-date, and provide suggestions for further reading. The result is a rich and stimulating volume that will appeal to anyone with an interest in cinema, memory and identity.

Rethinking Nostalgia:In the Mood for Love Far from Heaven
Reviewing the Past: History, Gender and Genrec
Introduction
Duplicity in Mildred Pierce
Women and the Western
The Pleasures and Perils of Exploitation Films
History and Memory in Popular British Cinema
Introduction
Melodrama and the Women's Picture
Mandy: Daughter of Transition
Memory in British Cinema: Brief Encounters
Stars, Iconoclasm and Identification
Introduction
Stars and Politics
The Gold Diggers
No Fixed Address: The Women's Picture from Outrage to Blue Steel
Martin Scorsese and Post-classical Nostalgia
Introduction
Masculinity in Crisis? The Last Temptation of Christ
Scorsese's Masquerade
The Age of Innocence
Reinventing the Past: Costume and Identity
Introduction, Fashion and Sexual Display in 1950s Hollywood
Replicating the Past: Memory and History in Dance with a Stranger
Fictions of Identity: Style, Mimicry and Gender in the Films of Kathryn Bigelow
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ISBN: 9780415183758
ISBN-10: 0415183758
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th October 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1