Blurred boundaries : questions of meaning in contemporary culture / Bill Nichols
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Call No: 409 NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Place: Bloomington Publisher: Indiana University Press PubDate: 1994 PhysDes: xvii, 187 p. ; 25 cm Subject: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; AUDIENCES; BODY IN FILMS; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; MELODRAMA; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; SEMI-DOCUMENTARIES; SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE CINEMA; KING, RODNEY; STACHKA [STRIKE] (UR, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925); REALISM ON TV; REALITY "SHOWS"; REALITY TV; RACIAL PROBLEMS ON TV; RACIAL PROBLEMS AND TV; TRUTH IN FILMS; VIOLENCE ON TV; WAR AND THE CINEMA; GULF WAR ON TV; ETHICS AND TV Summary: "Blurred Boundaries explores decisive moments where the traditional boundaries of fiction/non-fiction and truth/falsehood blur. Nichols argues that the history of social representation in film, television, and video requires an understanding of the fate of both contemporary and older work. Traditionally, film history and cultural studies sought to place films in a historical context. Nichols proposes a new goal: to examine how specific works, old and new, promote or suppress a sense of historical consciousness. Examining work from Eisenstein's Strike to the Rodney King videotape, Nichols interrelates issues of formal structure, viewer response, and historical consciousness. Simultaneously, Blurred Boundaries radically alters the interpretative frameworks offered by neoformalism and psychoanalysis: Comprehension itself becomes a social act of transformative understanding rather than an abstract mental process, while the use of psychoanalytic terms like desire, lack, or paranoia to make social points metaphorically yields to vocabulary designed expressly for historical interpretation - such as project, intentionality, and the social imaginary. An important departure from prevailing trends in many fields, Blurred Boundaries offers new directions for the study of visual culture." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-182) and index ISBN: 0253340640 (alk. paper); 0253209005 (paper : alk. paper) LON: 10767942 More info
Hauntings : popular film and American culture, 1990-1992 / Joseph Natoli
Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
Call No: 409(73) NAT Author: Natoli, Joseph, 1943 Place: Albany Publisher: State University of New York Press PubDate: 1994 PhysDes: xi, 238 p. ; 24 cm Series: SUNY series in postmodern culture Subject: SOCIETY AND THE CINEMA. USA; POPULAR CULTURE AND THE CINEMA. USA; NATIONAL CULTURE AND THE CINEMA. USA; CULTURE AND THE CINEMA. USA; POLITICS AND THE CINEMA. USA; AMERICAN INDIANS IN FILMS; ROBIN HOOD IN FILMS; KING, RODNEY; PHOENIX, RIVER; STONE, OLIVER; CAPE FEAR (US, J. Lee Thompson, 1961); CAPE FEAR (US, Martin Scorsese, 1991); BASIC INSTINCT (US, Paul Verhoeven, 1992); PRINCE OF TIDES, THE (US, Barbra Streisand, 1991); HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, THE (US, Curtis Hanson, 1991); OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY (US, Norman Jewison, 1991); ROBIN HOOD : PRINCE OF THIEVES (US, Kevin Reynolds, 1991); GRAND CANYON (US, Lawrence Kasdan, 1991); GODFATHER [...], THE (US, Francis Ford Coppola, 1972-); BIS ANS ENDE DER WELT (GG/FR/AT, Wim Wenders, 1991); SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE (US, Jonathan Demme, 1991); MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (US, Gus Van Sant, 1991); WALL STREET (US, Oliver Stone, 1987); UNFORGIVEN (US, Clint Eastwood, 1992); DO THE RIGHT THING (US, Spike Lee, 1989); BOB ROBERTS (US, Tim Robbins, 1992) Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-238) ISBN: 0791421546 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 0791421538 (acid-free paper) LON: 10867366 More info
Media matters : everyday culture and political change / John Fiske
Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minneota Press, 1994.
Call No: 409.1(73) FIS Author: Fiske, John Place: Minneapolis, Minn. Publisher: University of Minneota Press PubDate: 1994 PhysDes: xxviii, 282 p. : ill. ; 24 cm Subject: MEDIA; RACIAL PROBLEMS AND TV; POLITICS AND TV; FAMILY ON TV; BLACKS ON TV; WOMEN ON TV; TRIALS ON TV; KING, RODNEY; SIMPSON, O.J.; MURPHY BROWN [TV] (US, 1988-); COSBY SHOW, THE [TV] (US, 1984-92) Summary: Detailing the eroding line between "real" and "media" events, Fiske explores the media's treatment of the O. J. Simpson arrest and pretrial hearings, the L.A. uprisings, the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, and the "family values" debate between Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown. He illustrates how African Americans, Korean Americans, Latinos, and women have succeeded in making their hitherto unheard voices heard and have influenced the nation's reaction to media events such as these. Fiske also analyzes speeches by George Bush, Dan Quayle, and Pat Buchanan, along with media commentary by Rush Limbaugh and CNN's Greg LaMotte, to reveal what Americans successfully rejected in ushering out the Reagan era. Through his analysis of the contradictory and diverse voices that make up U.S. culture, Fiske traces the nation's swing away from Reaganism and offers urgent warnings for the future Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-273) and index ISBN: 0816624623 (acid-free paper) LON: 10867683 More info
The persistence of history : cinema, television, and the modern event / edited by Vivian Sobchak
New York: Routledge, 1996.
Call No: 408.1 PER Author: Sobchak, Vivian Carol Source: US Place: New York Publisher: Routledge PubDate: 1996 PhysDes: 265 pages ; 24 cm Series: AFI film readers Subject: TELEVISION; HISTORY AND THE CINEMA; HISTORY AND TV; THEORY; KING, RODNEY; TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE (US, Cecil B. DeMille, 1923); TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE (US, Cecil B. DeMille, 1956); TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE (UK, Phil Mulloy, 1996); JFK (US, Oliver Stone, 1991); HOLOCAUST (US, Marvin J. Chomsky, 1978); HITLER - EIN FILM AUS DEUTSCHLAND (GW/UK/FR, Hans Jurgen Syberberg, 1977); ANDREI RUBLEV (UR, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969); SHOAH (FR/SZ, Claude Lanzmann, 1985); SCHINDLER'S LIST (US, Steven Spielberg, 1993); MORRIS, ERROL Summary: "The Persistence of History examines how the moving image has completely altered traditional modes of historical thought and representation. Exploring a range of film and video texts, from The Ten Commandments to the Rodney King video, from the projected work of documentarian Errol Morris to Oliver Stone's JFK and Spielberg's Schindler's List, the volume questions the appropriate forms of media for making the incoherence and fragmentation of contemporary history intelligible" -- Publisher Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 0415910846 Contents: Introduction: History Happens / Vivian Sobchack -- 1. The Modernist Event / Hayden White -- 2. Cinematic Shots: The Narration of Violence / Janet Staiger -- 3. Historical Consciousness and the Viewer: Who Killed Vincent Chin? / Bill Nichols -- 4. "I'll See It When I Believe It": Rodney King and the Prison-House of Video / Frank P. Tomasulo -- 5. Antimodernism as Historical Representation in a Consumer Culture: Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments, 1923, 1956, 1993 / Sumiko Higashi -- 6. Modernism and the Narrative of Nation in JFK / Robert Burgoyne -- 7. Andrei Rublev: The Medieval Epic as Post-Utopian History / Denise J. Youngblood -- 8. Subject Positions, Speaking Positions: From Holocaust, Our Hitler, and Heimat to Shoah and Schindler's List / Thomas Elsaesser -- 9. Historical Ennui, Feminist Boredom / Patrice Petro -- 10. The Future of the Past: Film and the Beginnings of Postmodern History / Robert A. Rosenstone. -- 11. Interrotroning History: Errol Morris and the Documentary of the Future / Shawn Rosenheim -- 12. The Professors of History / Dana Polan. -- Contributors -- Index More info