Screening the City

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Mark Shiel, Tony Fitzmaurice
Verso, 2003 - 312 pagine
The city has long been an important location for film-makers. Visually compelling and always "modern," it is the perfect metaphor for man's place in the contemporary world.

In this provocative collection of essays, a diverse range of films are examined in terms of the relationship between cinema and paradigmatic urban experience in Europe and North America since the early twentieth century. Moscow, Leningrad, Berlin, Prague and Warsaw--sites of dramatic upheaval in the 1920s-1930s, and again in the 1970s-1980s--feature strongly in the first part of the book. In the cinematic representation of these cities, modernist experimentation combined with social and political change to produce such memorable films as The Man with the Movie Camera, Berlin: The Symphony of a Great City, Berlin Alexanderplatz and, more recently, the work of Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay. The different but comparable space of the North American city since World War Two provides the primary focus for the second part of the book. Here, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto provide the settings for an investigation of the relationship between cinema and race, and cinema and postmodern global capitalism, in a comprehensive range of films from Point Blank, Medium Cool, Network and Annie Hall in the 1960s and 1970s, to Boyz N the Hood, Falling Down, Pulp Fiction, [Safe], Crash and The End of Violence in the 1990s.

Throughout the book, the cinema's artistic encounter with the city always intersects with a social and political engagement in which urgent issues of class, race, sexuality, the environment, liberty, capital, and totalitarianism are everywhere at stake.

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This anthology of academic essays from England and the U.S. addresses the changing conception of the"city" in the history of cinema, and vice versa, through the filter of ongoing debates about the ... Leggi recensione completa


The City in Ruttmann and Vertov
Filming in a Hollow Space
Piel Jutzis Berlin Alexanderplatz
Bruno Schulz
Jan Svankmajer and Surrealist Film
Changing Paradigms in the Representation
New York Los Angeles and American
Urban Black Bodies and Milieu
Bakhtins Chronotope and Recent
Discourse of the Automobile in 1980s and 1990s Cinema
Allergy and Allegory in Todd Haynes Safe
Cinema at the Turn of the Century
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Informazioni sull'autore (2003)

Tony Fitzmaurice is College Lecturer in Film Studies at the Centre for Film Studies/UCD School of Film, University College Dublin.

Mark Shiel is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at King's College, London.

Matthew Gandy teaches geography at University College London and has published widely on urban and environmental issues.

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