New Brunswick, USA: Transaction Books, 1980.
Call No: 67(049.32) BER
Author: Berger, Arthur Asa
Place: New Brunswick, USA
Publisher: Transaction Books
PhysDes: 151 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Subject: CRITICISM; NASHVILLE (US, Robert Altman, 1975); CHINATOWN (US, Roman Polanski, 1974); GODFATHER [...], THE (US, Francis Ford Coppola, 1972-); THX 1138 4EB (US, George Lucas, 1967); CHARME DISCRET DE LA BOURGEOISIE, LE (FR/SP, Luis Bunuel, 1972); AMARCORD (IT/FR, Frederico Fellini, 1973)
Summary: "Every important genre found in film has been reviewed during the past fifteen years in Society magazine, as has the art of significant directors and pictures. Many of these reviews, compiled here for the first time, have a societal focus and are concerned with what the films reveal or reflect about the societies in which they were produced. They recognise, however, the aesthetic and social dimensions of film and do not neglect such matters as performance, editing and style. Throughout these reviews are discussions of images, symbolism, techniques employed by directors and genre analyses. This collection explores and is concerned with the sociopolitical and aesthetic impact of this art form and its effect on such topics as socialization, technology, racism, and sexuality. Readers will find reviews by sociologists, psychologists, pyschiatrists, political scientists and others- each offering illuminating insights and revealing analyses of these important films. An introduction by the editor focuses on the different techniques used in analyzing films. Important stills from many of the films are also included. This book will stimulate the scholar, the student, and the layman interested in film and the society behind and reflected in the films. " - BOOK BLURB
Notes: Consists of reviews originally published in Society magazine.
Donation: donated by Senses of Cinema, 2010
Contents: Berger, A. A. Introduction: Society on film, film in Society.--Coles, R. Hollywood's new social criticism.--Peterson, R. A. Nashville and America in one dimension.--Walling, W. Chinatown.--Silver, I. All in the Mafia family: The Godfather.--Beck, B. The overdeveloped society: THX 1138.--Hecht, C. Total institutions on celluloid: Wiseman Films.--Rubenstein, R. E. Sputtering fires of Black revolution: BURN!--Horowitz, I. L. The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.--Ledeen, M. A. Amarcord.--Mellen, J. On Lina Wertmuller.--Lewis, G. H. Culture, Kubrick, and Barry Lyndon.--Clavir, J. Black spookery: Blacula, Dracula A.D. 1972.--Slade, J. W. Recent trends in pornographic films.--Shatzkin, R. Disaster epics: cashing in on vicarious experience.--Jowett, G. Bibliography: a selected group of books on film and society (p. 143-151)