Screen Writings: Genres, Classics, and Aesthetics, Volume 2

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Anthem Press, 2010 - 222 pages
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'Screen Writings: Genres, Classics, and Aesthetics' offers close readings of genre films and acknowledged film classics in an attempt to explore both the aesthetics of genre and the definition of 'classic' - as well as the changing perception of so-called classic movies over time. Implicitly theoretical as much as it is unashamedly practical, this book is a model not only of text analysis, but also of the enlightened deployment of cultural studies in the service of film study. The book includes re-considerations of such classic films as 'I vitelloni', 'Grand Illusion', 'Winter Light', and 'Tokyo Story'; it features genre examinations of the war film ('Flags of Our Fathers' and 'Letters from Iwo Jima'), farce ('Some Like It Hot'), the road film ('The Rain People'), the New York-centered movie ('Manhattan'), and avant-garde pictures that privilege narrative ('3-Iron' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Classic Mind'); and 'Screen Writings: Genres, Classics, and Aesthetics' concludes with a searching investigation of the rise of the New American Cinema during a tumultuous decade of social change - from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.
 

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Contents

The Gangster Manhattanites
3
Scorseses Taxi Driver John Badhams Saturday Night Fever
23
Letters from Itvo ima
61
Switching Genres or Playing to the Camera
73
The Road Film and the TWo Coppolas
87
The Case of I litelloni
103
Winter Light and Autumn
115
Words Images
127
The Art of Ozu Remembered
149
The American Art Cinema
161
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Bert Cardullo is Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey.