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End of Cinema as We Know It : American Film in the Nineties

End of Cinema as We Know It : American Film in the Nineties - 01 edition

End of Cinema as We Know It : American Film in the Nineties - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780814751619

ISBN10: 081475161X

End of Cinema as We Know It : American Film in the Nineties by Jon Lewis - ISBN 9780814751619
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 2001
International: No
End of Cinema as We Know It : American Film in the Nineties by Jon Lewis - ISBN 9780814751619

ISBN13: 9780814751619

ISBN10: 081475161X

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 01

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Summary

Almost half a century ago, Jean-Luc Godard famously remarked, "I await the end of cinema with optimism." Lots of us have been waiting forand wondering aboutthis prophecy ever since. The way films are made and exhibited has changed significantly. Films, some of which are not exactly "films" anymore, can now be projected in a wide variety of wayson screens in revamped high tech theaters, on big, high-resolution TVs, on little screens in minivans and laptops. But with all this new gear, all these new ways of viewing films, are we necessarily getting different, better movies?

The thirty-four brief essays in The End of Cinema as We Know It attend a variety of topics, from film censorship and preservation to the changing structure and status of independent cinemafrom the continued importance of celebrity and stardom to the sudden importance of alternative video. While many of the contributors explore in detail the pictures that captured the attention of the nineties film audience, such as Jurassic Park, Eyes Wide Shut, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, The Wedding Banquet, The Matrix, Independence Day, Gods and Monsters, The Nutty Professor, and Kids, several essays consider works that fall outside the category of film as it is conventionally definedthe home "movie" of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's honeymoon and the amateur video of the LAPD beating of Rodney King.

Examining key films and filmmakers, the corporate players and industry trends, film styles and audio-visual technologies, the contributors to this volume spell out the end of cinema in terms of irony, cynicism and exhaustion, religious fundamentalism and fanaticism, and the decline of what we once used to call film culture.

Author Bio

Lewis, Jon : Oregon State University

Jon Lewis is a professor of English at Oregon State University. He is the author of Hollywood v. Hardcore, also available from NYU Press.

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