Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christ

By Thomas Leitch

Most books on movie adaptation―the relation among motion pictures and their literary sources―focus on a sequence of shut one-to-one comparisons among particular motion pictures and canonical novels. This quantity identifies and investigates a miles wider array of difficulties posed by means of the method of version.

Beginning with an exam of why edition research has so frequently supported the establishment of literature instead of fostering the perform of literacy, Thomas Leitch considers how the creators of brief silent movies tried to offer them the burden of literature, what different types of constancy are attainable in an version of sacred scripture, what it capability for an model to pose as an creation to, instead of a transcription of, a literary vintage, and why and the way a few motion pictures have sought impossibly shut constancy to their resources.

After studying the strangely divergent constancy claims made through 3 other kinds of canonical variations, Leitch's research strikes past literary resources to think about why a small variety of adapters have risen to the prestige of auteurs and the way illustrated books, comedian strips, games, and actual tales were tailored to the reveal. the diversity of movies studied, from silent Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes to The Lord of the Rings, is as huge because the difficulties that come less than evaluation.

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Film as Subversive Art

By Amos Vogel

A vintage returns. the unique variation of Amos Vogel's seminal booklet, movie as a Subversive paintings was once first released in 1974, and has been out of print due to the fact that 1987. in accordance with Vogel--founder of Cinema sixteen, North America's mythical movie society--the booklet info the "accelerating around the globe development towards a extra liberated cinema, during which matters and kinds hitherto thought of unthinkable or forbidden are boldly explored." So prior to his time used to be Vogel that the information that he penned a few 30 years in the past are nonetheless suitable this present day, and effectively obtainable during this vintage quantity. followed through over three hundred infrequent movie stills, movie as a Subversive artwork analyzes how aesthetic, sexual, and ideological subversives use probably the most robust paintings types of our day to replace or control our wide awake and subconscious, demystify visible taboos, break dated cinematic kinds, and undermine current worth structures and associations. This subversion of shape, in addition to of content material, is positioned in the context of the modern international view of technology, philosophy, and glossy paintings, and is illuminated by means of an in depth exam of over 500 motion pictures, together with many banned, hardly ever visible, or by no means published works.

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Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Out

From its Magic country topic parks to its udderless cows, the Walt Disney corporation has effectively maintained itself because the model identify of conservative American relatives values. however the Walt Disney corporation has additionally had an extended and complicated dating to the homosexual and lesbian neighborhood that's basically now changing into visible.

In Tinker Belles and Evil Queens, Sean Griffin lines the evolution of this interplay among the corporate and homosexual groups, from the Thirties use of Mickey Mouse as a code word for homosexual to the Nineteen Nineties "Gay Nights" on the Magic nation. Armed with first-person bills from Disney audiences, Griffin demonstrates how Disney animation, live-action movies, tv sequence, subject matter parks, and item offer diversified motifs and features that without problems lend themselves to exploit by way of homosexual tradition. yet Griffin delves extra to discover the function of gays and lesbians in the corporation, via an exam of the history of early studio team of workers, an account of sexual activism in the company, and the tale of the company's personal concrete efforts to offer popularity to homosexual voices and desires.

The first publication to deal with the background of the homosexual group and Disney, Tinker Belles and Evil Queens commonly examines the ambiguous legacy of the way glossy consumerism and advertisements have affected the methods lesbians and homosexual males have expressed their sexuality. Disney itself is proven as delicate to homosexual and lesbian audiences, whereas exploiting those self same audiences as a distinct segment industry with robust purchasing energy. ultimately, Griffin demonstrates how queer audiences have co-opted Disney items for themselves-and in flip how Disney's company recommendations have stimulated our very definitions of sexuality.

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The Classic French Cinema, 1930-1960

"We can frequently anticipate anything clean and various to emerge from Australia, and this research is not any exception." ―American Cinematographer

"An very important contribution to cinema history... in particular amazing in its research of the French cinema undefined, when it comes to either mode of construction and body of workers, and in its research of the French technological base."―Richard Abel

From 1930 to 1960, France produced the most well-known movies ever made, similar to Jean Vigo’s Zéro de conduite and Jean Cocteau’s Orphée. right here Colin Crisp investigates this serious interval and information the extreme ingenuity of French filmmakers, who labored less than fiscal and technological constraints that affected either the creation and the intake of films.

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Michael Mann: The Pocket Essential Guide

Michael Mann: the television author who hacked his means via Starsky & Hutch at the highway to Vega$ and an Emmy for The Jericho Mile. Michael Mann: the director who made Tangerine Dream a staple on the planet of movie scoring with Thief, his function debut, starring James Caan. Michael Mann: the manufacturer who replaced the face of tv ceaselessly with the construction of Miami Vice and Crime tale. Michael Mann: the film-maker who first introduced Hannibal Lecter to the large display with Manhunter, his version of Thomas Harris' best-selling novel pink Dragon. Michael Mann: the A-list director who positioned Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro on monitor jointly for the 1st time in warmth, who directed Russell Crowe to an Oscar-nomination within the Insider and who's now tackling Ali with Will Smith. even if as a author, a director or a manufacturer, Michael Mann's influence on movie and tv during the last 25 years is indisputable. Now, for the 1st time, take a book-length inspect the paintings of this distinct visible artist. what is in it? in addition to an introductory essay, every one of Mann's movies is reviewed and analysed. not just that, yet there is a convenient reference part directory assets approximately Mann.

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Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life (Film and Culture Series)

By C. Scott Combs

The first e-book to unpack American cinema's lengthy background of representing loss of life, this paintings considers motion picture sequences within which the method of demise turns into an workout in legibility and exploration for the digital camera. analyzing attractions-based cinema, narrative motion pictures, early sound cinema, and flicks utilizing voiceover or photographs of scientific know-how, C. Scott Combs connects the gradual or static means of loss of life to formal movie innovation during the 20th century. He appears at Thomas Edison's Electrocuting an Elephant (1903), D. W. Griffith's The kingdom Doctor (1909), John Ford's How eco-friendly was once My Valley (1941), Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950), Stanley Kubrick's 2001: an area Odyssey (1968), and Clint Eastwood's Million greenback Baby (2004), between different movies, to argue opposed to the suggestion that movie can't seize the tip of existence since it can't cease relocating ahead. in its place, he exhibits how the top of loss of life happens greater than as soon as and in additional than one position, knowing loss of life in cinema as continuously in flux, wedged among technological precision and embodied perception.

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Psycho Paths: Tracking the Serial Killer Through Contemporary American Film and Fiction

By Philip L. Simpson

Philip L. Simpson offers an unique and wide evaluation of the evolving serial killer style within the media so much answerable for its reputation: literature and cinema of the Eighties and 1990s.

            

The fictional serial killer, with a motiveless, hugely individualized modus operandi, is the most recent manifestation of the a number of murderers and homicidal maniacs that hang-out American literature and, fairly, visible media corresponding to cinema and television.  Simpson theorizes that the serial killer style effects from a mixture of past style depictions of a number of murderers, inherited Gothic storytelling conventions, and dangerous folkloric figures transformed through the years right into a modern mythology of violence. up to date and repackaged for mass intake, the Gothic villains, the monsters, the vampires, and the werewolves of the previous have developed into the fictitious serial killer, who truly displays American cultural anxieties first and foremost of the twenty-first century.

Citing a variety of resources, Simpson argues that serial killers’ contemporary reputation as style monsters owes a lot to their pliability to any variety of authorial ideological agendas from either the left and the best ends of the political spectrum.  Serial killers in fiction are a type of debased and traumatized visionary, whose murders privately and publicly re-empower them with a pseudo-divine air of secrecy within the modern political second. the present fascination with serial killer narratives can hence be defined because the most recent manifestation of the continuing human fascination with stories of ugly murders and mythic villains discovering a receptive viewers in a country galvanized by way of the more and more apocalyptic stress among the extremist philosophies of either the recent correct and the anti-New Right. 

            

Faced with a snowfall of works of various caliber facing the serial killer, Simpson has governed out the catalog method during this learn in desire of in-depth an research of the simplest American paintings within the style. He has selected novels and movies that experience at the very least a point of public name-recognition or notoriety, together with Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs via Thomas Harris, Manhunter directed by means of Michael Mann, Henry:  Portrait of a Serial Killer directed by way of John McNaughton, Seven directed through David Fincher, Natural Born Killers directed by way of Oliver Stone, Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, and American Psycho by way of Bret Easton Ellis. 

            

 

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Queering Buñuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema (International Library of Cultural Studies)

As the daddy of cinematic Surrealism, large serious cognizance has been dedicated to Luis Buñuel’s cinema. a lot has been written approximately his first Surrealist movies of the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties and the French artwork video clips of the Sixties and Seventies. even if, right here for the 1st time is a queer re-reading of Buñuel’s Spanish-language motion pictures permitting us to view Buñuel’s cinema via a lens of queer spectatorship. targeting the movies Buñuel produced in Mexico and Spain throughout the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla argues no longer that Buñuel’s motion pictures have a gay subplot, yet that there are a number of types of identification, subjectivity and sexuality found in those motion pictures.

Queering Buñuel brings jointly the fields of movie reviews, feminist and queer concept, Hispanic stories, psychoanalysis and artwork thought. Gutiérrez-Albilla succeeds in reconceptualizing Buñuel’s Mexican and Spanish motion pictures past geographical, historic and disciplinary limitations, wondering not only how we see Buñuel, but additionally how we see cinema.

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Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video

By Akira Mizuta Lippit

What does it suggest for movie and video to be experimental? during this choice of essays framed via the idea that “ex-”—meaning from, outside, and no longer—Akira Mizuta Lippit explores the cultured, technical, and theoretical reverberations of avant-garde movie and video. Ex-Cinema is a sustained mirrored image at the ways that experimental media artists flow open air the conventions of mainstream cinema and begin a discussion at the that means of cinema itself.

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The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy

By Paul Kane

Best-selling horror novelist Clive Barker's 1987 movie Hellraiser has develop into an undisputed horror vintage, spawning a film franchise that thus far comprises 8 motion pictures. Exploring not just the cinematic interpretations of the Hellraiser mythos but additionally its intrusion into different creative and cultural types, this quantity starts off by means of picking the radical assets of Barker's concept and following Barker from his pre-Hellraiser cinematic event during the filming of the horror vintage. It examines a number of issues (such because the undermining of the conventional household and the malleability of the flesh) chanced on in the course of the movie sequence and the ways that the illustration of those subject matters alterations from movie to movie. The spiritual facets of the flicks also are mentioned. Characters critical to the franchise--and the mythos--are tested intimately.

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