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The Biopic In Contemporary Film Culture

Author: Tom Brown
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113595030X
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The biographical film or biopic is a staple of film production in all major film industries and yet, within film studies, its generic, aesthetic, and cultural significance has remained underexplored. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture fills this gap, conceptualizing the biopic with a particular eye toward the "life" of the genre internationally. New theoretical approaches combine with specially commissioned chapters on contemporary biographical film production in India, Italy, South Korea, France, Russia, Great Britain, and the US, in order to present a selective but well-rounded portrait of the biopic’s place in film culture. From Marie Antoinette to The Social Network, the pieces in this volume critically examine the place of the biopic within ongoing debates about how cinema can and should represent history and "real lives." Contributors discuss the biopic’s grounding in the conventions of the historical film, and explore the genre’s defining traits as well as its potential for innovation. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture expands the critical boundaries of this evolving, versatile genre.

Invented Lives Imagined Communities

Author: William H. Epstein
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438460791
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How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American. Biopics—films that chronicle the lives of famous and notorious figures from our national history—have long been one of Hollywood’s most popular and important genres, offering viewers various understandings of American national identity. Invented Lives, Imagined Communities provides the first full-length examination of US biopics, focusing on key releases in American cinema while treating recent developments in three fields: cinema studies, particularly the history of Hollywood; national identity studies dealing with the American experience; and scholarship devoted to modernity and postmodernity. Films discussed include Houdini, Patton, The Great White Hope, Bound for Glory, Ed Wood, Basquiat, Pollock, Sylvia, Kinsey, Fur, Milk, J. Edgar, and Lincoln, and the book pays special attention to the crucial generic plot along which biopics traverse and showcase American lives, even as they modify the various notions of the national character. “A provocative, critically astute study, this collection examines the biopic as a reflexive, refractive modernist film genre. Admirably researched essays provide close, compelling readings of chosen films, while exploring the multilayered matrices of historical fact, biographical and autobiographical literature, popular media representations, and cultural histories—shaping not only the lives and narratives of the performers, artists, and political/historical figures represented but also the practices of the filmmakers as they worked within or on the margins of the Hollywood industry.” — Cynthia Lucia, Rider University “The volume’s greatest strengths include its range, its variety of ideas on the significance of the biopic, and its research—definitive in several cases—into the relation between historical figures and their cinematic counterparts.” — James Morrison, author of Passport to Hollywood: Hollywood Films, European Directors

Becoming Afi

Author: Jean Picker Firstenberg
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
ISBN: 1595807942
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For over fifty years, the American Film Institute has flourished as one of America’s great cultural entities. Its graduates, faculty, supporters, and trustees have included such acclaimed individuals as Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck, Meryl Streep, Les Moonves, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Jane Fonda, Edward James Olmos, Shonda Rhimes, James L. Brooks, Michael Nesmith, Sir Howard Stringer, and many other respected leaders in the worlds of film, television, digital media, and philanthropy. Written in a unique memoir style, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute offers a candid look at how this remarkable organization has brought together aspiring filmmakers, outstanding educators, and visionary artists. The book details AFI’s journey to becoming the foremost national champion for moving images as a vibrant art form and a critical component of America’s cultural history. AFI’s story is chronicled through in-depth essays written by those who have been involved in its adventures, growth, and successes: from its early years under George Stevens Jr.’s direction at the legendary Greystone mansion and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; through its period of incredible growth, under Jean Picker Firstenberg’s guidance, as an influential cultural institution at its landmark Hollywood campus; to its continued years of excellence under Bob Gazzale’s dynamic leadership. Becoming AFI provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at how AFI—with passionate determination—overcame the hurdles of advancing technology, political shifts, and new audience dynamics to turn its aspirations into a substantial and highly successful organization. A tireless advocate of moving images as one of America’s most popular art forms, AFI is maturing into one of the world’s most respected educational and cultural institutions.

Autobiografie Eines L Gners

Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Haffmans & Tolkemitt
ISBN: 3942989182
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Hier kommt die irrwitzige, wahre, surreale, traurige, saukomische, teils erstunken und erlogene Lebensgeschichte des früh verstorbenen Monty Python-Gründungsmitglieds Graham Chapman, dem Brian aus Das Leben des Brian. Aufgeschrieben von ihm selbst, mit Unterstützung von Douglas Adams. Grahams Autobiografie hat alles, was die Bezeichnung pythonesk ausmacht: Schrägen, schwarzen, krassen Humor, absurde Szenen ohne Pointe, grafische Elemente, fantastische Einschübe und gleichzeitig etwas sehr Gebildetes und Britisches. Die Autobiografie eines Lügners erzählt von Chapmans Jugend in der Provinz als Sohn eines einfachen Polizisten, von seinen Jahren in Eton und Cambridge, von seiner Liebe zu den Bergen und seiner fatalen Beziehung zum Alkohol. Von der Arbeit der Pythons auf Tourneen und bei Dreharbeiten. Und von seiner recht spät entdeckten Liebe zum gleichen Geschlecht. Hier treten sie alle auf: Die schrägen Lehrer und verrückten Polizisten, die John Cleeses und Michael Palins, die Oscar Wildes und G.K. Chestertons, die den Python-Kosmos bevölkern. Ein in Deutschland bisher unbekanntes Stück Monty Python eine großartige, längst überfällige Entdeckung. Aufgrund der unzähligen Anspielungen und scheinbar nicht übertragbaren Witze, hat sich seit dem Erscheinen des Buchs in England 1980 ein Jahr, nachdem Das Leben des Brian in die Kinos kam kein deutscher Übersetzer an das Buch gewagt. Harry Rowohlt beweist nun, dass eine Übersetzung sehr wohl möglich ist (wenn man es kann) und damit auch wieder einmal, dass er der beste und komischste Übersetzer und Nachdichter ist und bleibt. Die Autobiografie eines Lügners wird gerade von den restlichen Monty Pythons und mit Hilfe von 15 Trickfilmstudios verfilmt - der erste Film aus dem Umfeld der Pythons seit Ein Fisch namens Wanda. Kinostart: 2012.

Westerns

Author: Janet Walker
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415924245
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While white racism has global dimensions, it has an unshakeable lease on life in South African political organizations and its educational system. Donnarae MacCann and Yulisa Maddy here provide a thorough and provocative analysis of South African children's literature during the key decade around Nelson Mandela's release from prison. Their research demonstrates that the literature of this period was derived from the same milieu -- intellectual, educational, religious, political, and economic -- that brought white supremacy to South Africa during colonial times. This volume is a signal contribution to the study of children's literature and its relation to racism and social conditions.

Forrest Gump

Author: Winston Groom
Publisher: Edel:Books
ISBN: 395530616X
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Er ist ein Idiot. Er ist ein Genie. Er ist ein Ereignis. Dieser Mensch verändert das Leben aller Menschen, die das Glück haben, ihm zu begegnen. Sein Name ist Forrest Gump. Dies ist die warmherzige, tief berührende Geschichte eines gutmütigen Mannes aus Alabama, der einen Orden für seine Tapferkeit im Vietnamkrieg erhält und den Präsidenten von Amerika trifft. Eines ganz und gar ungewöhnlichen Menschen. Für die einen ist er ein naiver Schwachkopf, für die anderen ein Held. Was immer er auch anpackt, es geht garantiert schief. In Wirklichkeit aber zählt für Forrest Gump nur Jenny – die große Liebe seines Lebens...

F Is For Phony

Author: Alexandra Juhasz
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816642502
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Fake documentaries mimic documentary genre expectations, unraveling the documentary’s authority and dismantling understandings of identity, history, and nation. The interdisciplinary essays in F Is for Phony discuss a broad scope of works and explore issues raised by “fake docs” such as the fiction/documentary divide, the ethics of reality-based manipulation, and whether documentariness derives from form or reception. Defining the borderline between fact and fiction, the contributors reveal what fake documentaries imply and usually make explicit: that many documentaries lie to tell the truth, and that the truth is relative. Contributors: Steve Anderson, Catherine L. Benamou, Mitchell W. Block, Luis Buuel, Marlon Fuentes, Craig Hight, Charlie Keil, Alisa Lebow, Eve Oishi, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Gregorio C. Rocha, Jane Roscoe, Catherine Russell, Elisabeth Subrin. Alexandra Juhasz is professor of media studies at Pitzer College. She is author of Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (Minnesota, 2001). Jesse Lerner is associate professor of media studies at Pitzer College.