• From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in by Paul G. Pickowicz,Yingjin Zhang

    By Paul G. Pickowicz,Yingjin Zhang

    This groundbreaking ebook provides a serious advent to the cultural and political dimensions of up to date chinese language cinema. major Western and chinese language students hint the altering dynamics of chinese language movie tradition because the early Nineteen Nineties because it strikes clear of underground and towards independence within the new century. but because the wealthy case experiences illustrate, the sheer number of replacement movie tradition itself presents enough possibilities for different—at occasions contradictory—configurations of cinematic items. Drawing on lively interdisciplinary scholarship, the booklet investigates the gadgets of its research from numerous methodological views, starting from old and literary to sociological and ethnographic. as well as delivering serious readings of particular texts, this e-book explores replacement movie tradition via own interviews, on-site observations, and media interrogations, from conventional print media to the visible media of movie, tv, and video, together with the recent electronic media of the net. The members additionally reflect on the flourishing self reliant documentary filmmaking scene, highlighting a vital a part of substitute movie that has been formerly obscured through a nearly specific cognizance at the 5th- and sixth-generation administrators of fictional video clips. With its clean and a professional research of chinese language underground and self sufficient filmmaking, this booklet might be crucial studying for all these attracted to a society stuck among socialism and international currents.

    Contributions by: Chris Berry, Jim Cheng, Valerie Jaffee, Matthew David Johnson, Tonglin Lu, Chen Mo, Seio Nakajima, Paul G. Pickowicz, Zhiwei Xiao, and Yingjin Zhang.

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  • Mexico's Cinema: A Century of Film and Filmmakers (Latin by Joanne Hershfield,David R. Maciel,Federico Dávalos

    By Joanne Hershfield,David R. Maciel,Federico Dávalos Orozco,Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro,Seth Fein,Gustavo A. García,Rafael Hernández Rodríguez,Norma Iglesias,Carlos Monsiváis,Ann Marie Stock,Patricia Torres de San Martín

    in recent times, Mexican movies have obtained excessive acclaim and ambitious box-office returns. furthermore, Mexico has the main complicated motion picture within the Spanish-speaking global, and its impression on Mexican tradition and society can't be overstated.

    Mexico's Cinema: A Century of movie and Filmmakers is a set of fourteen essays that surround the 1st a hundred years of the cinema of Mexico. integrated are unique contributions written in particular for this identify, plus a couple of vintage items within the box of Mexican cinema reviews by no means prior to to be had in English. those essays discover a number of topics together with race and ethnicity, gender matters, personalities, and the ancient improvement of a countrywide cinematic style.

    all the book's 3 sections-The Silent Cinema, The Golden Age, and The modern Era-is preceded by means of a quick advent to the interval and a presentation of the main subject matters addressed within the section.

    This insightful anthology is the 1st released learn that incorporates items via Mexican and North American students, together with a bit via the across the world acclaimed essayist Carlos Monsivais. participants contain different acclaimed students and critics in addition to younger students who're at present making their mark within the quarter of movie reports of Mexico. those authors signify numerous fields-community reports, movie reports, cultural historical past, ethnic stories, and gender studies-making this quantity an interdisciplinary source, vital for classes in Latin the US and 3rd international cinema, Mexican background and tradition, and Chicana/o and ethnic studies.

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  • Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and by Devaleena Das,Colette Morrow,Nawal El-Saadawi,Firdous

    By Devaleena Das,Colette Morrow,Nawal El-Saadawi,Firdous Azim,Paramita Halder,Hafiza Nilofar Khan,Amrit Gangar,Naina Dey,Louis Betty,Lavinia Benedetti,Tomoko Kuribayashi,Meenakshi Malhotra,Chandrani Biswas,Radha Chakravarty,Feroza Jussawalla,Kuhu Sharma Chan

    In Unveiling Desire, Devaleena Das and Colette Morrow exhibit that the duality of the fallen/saved lady is as commonplace in jap tradition because it is within the West, in particular in literature and flicks. utilizing examples from the center to a ways East, together with Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Japan, and China, this anthology demanding situations the fascination with japanese girls as passive, abject, or sexually unique, but additionally resists the temptation to then concentrate on the veil, geisha, sati, or Muslim women’s oppression with out exploring jap women’s sexuality past those contexts. The chapters hide as a substitute mind/body sexual politics, patriarchal cultural constructs, the anatomy of intercourse and tool on the subject of fantasy and tradition, denigration of lady anatomy, and gender performativity. From Persepolis to Bollywood, and from fairy stories to crime fiction, the individuals to Unveiling Desire exhibit how the fight for women’s liberation is actually worldwide.  

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    By Richard Koper

    Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield tells the tale of an actress who used to be referred to as America’s ‘Smartest Dumb Blonde’ and infrequently brushed off as one other Marilyn Monroe copycat. Mansfield's blonde hair, seductive smile and eye-popping hourglass determine, usually overshadowed the ‘real’ Jayne who spoke 5 languages and was once a live performance violist and pianist. Jayne’s tale reads like a fairy story, yet one with a depressing aspect and an unsatisfied finish. This e-book finds her deepest lifestyles, movie elements, degree performs and tv appearances. Her 27 movies and six performs are reviewed intimately and illustrated with (rare) pictures and different exposure material.

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  • Creature Features: Nature Turned Nasty in the Movies by William Schoell

    By William Schoell

    This paintings deals a serious, colourful and informative exam of alternative forms of monster video clips, spanning the silent interval to at the present time. bankruptcy One makes a speciality of dragons, dinosaurs, and different scaly giants from movies like 1953’s The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, a magnificent stop-motion creation that ushered in a brand new period of atomic-spawned monster movies. bankruptcy examines “big computer virus” flicks, starting with 1954’s colossal ant–infested Them! bankruptcy 3 makes a speciality of usual animals grown to unbelievable proportions via medical or sinister experimentation, resembling the massive octopus in 1955’s It got here from underneath the Sea. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 examine movies during which nature is going berserk, and in a different way risk free animals flock, swarm, hop or run approximately on a menacingly colossal scale, together with 1963’s The Birds and 1972’s Frogs. ultimately, bankruptcy Seven makes a speciality of movies that includes beasts that defy effortless definition, comparable to 1958’s The Blob and Fiend with no Face.

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  • Miracles and Sacrilege: Robert Rossellini, the Church, and by William Bruce Johnson

    By William Bruce Johnson

    Miracles and Sacrilege is the tale of the epochal clash among censorship and freedom in movie, acknowledged via an in-depth research of the U.S. splendid Court's determination notable down a central authority ban on Roberto Rossellini's movie The Miracle (1950). during this amazing case, the court docket eventually selected to desert its personal longstanding decision that movie comprised an insignificant 'business' unworthy of free-speech rights, stating for the 1st time that the 1st modification barred executive from banning any movie as 'sacreligious.'

    Using criminal briefs, affidavits, and different courtroom documents, in addition to letters, memoranda, and different archival fabrics to explain what used to be at factor within the case, William Bruce Johnson additionally analyzes the social, cultural, and spiritual components that shape the heritage of this complicated and hard-fought controversy, focusing really at the basic function performed by means of the Catholic Church within the heritage of movie censorship. Tracing the advance of the Church within the usa, Johnson discusses the explanations it stumbled on The Miracle sacrilegious and the way it attained the facility to cajole civil gurus to prohibit it. The Court's choice was once not just a milestone within the legislation of church-state family, however it cleared the path for a succession of later judgements which steadily demonstrated a company criminal foundation for freedom of expression within the arts.

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  • Crisis of Gender and the Nation in Korean Literature and by Kelly Y. Jeong

    By Kelly Y. Jeong

    hindrance of Gender and the country in Korean Literature and Cinema is set the altering constructs of modernity, masculinity, and gender relatives and discourses in Korean literature and cinema in the course of the an important many years of the colonial and postcolonial period, in response to shut historic exam and a wide-ranging theoretical starting place that examine either western and Korean language resources. It examines Korean literary and cinematic texts from the interval that spans from the1920s to the Nineteen Sixties to bare the ways that many arrivals of modernity in Korea_through the anxious pathways and contexts of colonialism, state construction, warfare, and industrialization_destabilize and set in flux the notions of gender, classification, and nationhood. It probes into the most major elements of Korean tradition within the past a part of the 20th century via an interdisciplinary inquiry that deploys tools and seminal texts from the fields of Korean stories, Comparative Literature, Postcolonial stories, and picture experiences. each one bankruptcy is an exploration of a decade, prepared round questions about modernity, gender, category, and the country which are critical to knowing the chosen texts and their contexts. The country of Korea has been less than possibility because the eastern colonial interval (1910-1945). predicament of Gender and the state seriously analyzes the cultural responses of the country and its gendered matters in situation, represented in a range of Korean literary and cinematic texts from the colonial interval, starting within the Nineteen Twenties, to the postcolonial interval, as much as the Nineteen Sixties, during the lens of either Western and Korean discourses of gender and postcolonial inquiries of literature and picture. It delineate the relationship among the development of the country as a unified, sovereign entity and the correct of the hot Korean masculinity, to teach how Korea's Confucian patriarchal culture and its carry at the nationwide mind's eye endures over the turbulent a long time below exam, through adapting to the hot atmosphere and social mores, even whereas its middle assumptions and values stay unchanged in major ways.

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  • A Brief History of Comic Book Movies by Wheeler Winston Dixon,Richard Graham

    By Wheeler Winston Dixon,Richard Graham

    A short background of comedian e-book Movies traces the meteoric upward push of the hybrid artwork type of the comedian ebook movie. those movies hint their origins back to the early Nineteen Forties, while the 1st Batman and Superman serials were made. The serials, and later tv exhibits within the Nineteen Fifties and 60s, have been for the main half designed for kids.

    But this present day, with the carrying on with upward thrust of Comic-Con, they appear to be extra a component of the mainstream motion picture going adventure than ever, attractive to adults in addition as younger fanatics. This ebook examines comedian ebook videos from the past and current, exploring how those motion pictures formed American tradition from the post-World conflict II period to the current day, and the way they tailored to the altering tastes and mores of succeeding generations.

    Organized in tough chronological order, the book's 5 chapters disguise Origins, The DC Universe, The wonder Universe, Animé motion pictures, and Indies and Outliers, analyzing not just Hollywood movies, yet ecu, Asian, and French lively motion pictures in addition.

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  • Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky (The Oxford Keynotes by Kevin Bartig

    By Kevin Bartig

    Upon its top-rated in July 1938 in the course of a time of emerging stress among the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, Sergei Eisenstein's epic movie Alexander Nevsky-with a rating through preeminent composer Sergei Prokofiev-was commonly lauded by way of Soviet critics and audiences. The ranking, which Prokofiev could manage as a separate cantata the subsequent 12 months, approximates the film's narrative, depicting the Proto-Russian voters of Novgorod's heroic victory over the invading Teutonic Knights. a clear allegory of up to date Soviet could within the truth of Nazi war-mongering, the movie is considered a vintage exemplar of country intervention within the arts, commissioned by means of Stalin to reinforce patriotism and nationwide delight, and Prokofiev's cantata is still one in every of his such a lot played works.

    Drawing from quite a lot of archival fabrics, musicologist Kevin Bartig reassesses the genesis of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky cantata, in addition to a number of the ancient tasks that experience given the track a permanent position within the overseas functionality canon. a part of The Oxford Keynotes sequence, this quantity considers the ways that time, position, socio-political issues, and demanding traditions mediate a number of the meanings of an iconic paintings like Prokofiev's, and asks how musicians and listeners alike have encountered its song either traditionally and today.

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