Living screens : melodrama and plasticity in contemporary film and television / Monique Rooney
London -- Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd, 2015.
Call No: 733 ROO Author: Rooney, Monique Source: UK Place: London -- Lanham, Maryland Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd PubDate: 2015 PhysDes: x, 197 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm Series: Disruptions Subject: MELODRAMA; TECHNOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; TECHNOLOGY AND TV; WEINER, MATTHEW; HAYNES, TODD; VON TRIER, LARS; MAD MEN [TV] (US, 2007); MELANCHOLIA (DK/SW/FR/G, Lars von Trier, 2011); MILDRED PIERCE [TV](US, 2011) Summary: Through original analysis of three contemporary, auteur-directed melodramas (Matthew Weiner s Mad Men, Lars von Trier s Melancholia and Todd Haynes s Mildred Pierce), Living Screens reconceives and renovates the terms in which melodrama has been understood. Returning to Jean-Jacques Rousseau s foundational, Enlightenment-era melodrama Pygmalion with its revival of an old story about sculpted objects that spring to life, it contends that this early production prefigures the structure of contemporary melodramas and serves as a model for the way we interact with media today. Melodrama is conceptualized as a plastic form with the capacity to mould and be moulded and that speaks to fundamental processes of mediation Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-188), filmography (pages 188-189), and index ISBN: 9781783480470 Contents: Introduction -- Mad Men: melodrama and metamorphosis -- Turned back: advertising, televisual melodrama and metamorphosis in Mad Men -- Earth-object: melodrama and plasticity in Lars Von Trier's Melancholia -- Melodrama and plasticity in Todd Haynes's Mildred Pierce -- Postlude: Animated statue, melody, encore (moi!) More info
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The revolution was televised : how The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Lost, and other groundbreaking dramas changed TV forever / Alan Sepinwall
New York: Touchstone, .
Call No: 71(73) SEP Author: Sepinwall, Alan Edition: Updated edition Source: US Place: New York Publisher: Touchstone PubDate:  PhysDes: 451 pages ; 22 cm Subject: OZ [TV](US, 1997-2003); SOPRANOS, THE [TV] (US, 1999-); WIRE, THE [TV] (US, David Simon, 2002); DEADWOOD [TV] (US, 2004); SHIELD, THE [TV] (US, 2002-); LOST [TV] (US, 2004 -); BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER [TV] (US, 1997-2004); 24 [TWENTY-FOUR] [TV] (US, 2001-); BATTLESTAR GALACTICA [TV](US, 2004-2009); FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS [TV] (US, 2006-2011); MAD MEN [TV] (US, 2007); BREAKING BAD [TV] (US, 2008-) Summary: "In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen over the past fifteen years. Focusing on twelve innovative television dramas that changed the medium and the culture at large forever, including The Sopranos, Oz, The Wire, Deadwood, The Shield, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, Sepinwall weaves his trademark incisive criticism with highly entertaining reporting about the real-life characters and conflicts behind the scenes." - taken from back cover. ISBN: 9781476739670 Contents: Previously, in The Revolution Was Televised... -- Introduction -- Prologue: Let's be careful out there... The shows that paved the way -- Ch. 1: What we were don't matter... Oz blazes a trail -- Ch. 2: All due respect... The Sopranos changes everything -- Ch. 3: All the pieces matter... The Wire as the Great American Novel for television -- Ch. 4: A lie agreed upon... The profane poetry of Deadwood -- Ch. 5: I'm a different kind of cop... The Shield takes anti-heroism to the limit -- Ch. 6: Do you want to know a secret?... The perfect storm of Lost -- Ch. 7: She saved the world. A lot... Buffy the Vampire Slayer gives teen angst some fangs -- Ch. 8: Tell me where the bomb is!... 24 goes to war on terror, boredom -- Ch. 9: So say we all... The thinking man's sci-fi of Battlestar Galactica -- Ch. 10: Clear eyes, full hearts... Friday Night Lights goes deep -- Ch. 11: It's a time machine... AMC gets into the game with Mad Men -- Ch. 12: I am the one who knocks!... Breaking Bad gives the recession the villain it needs -- Epilogue: Don't stop believing... The lasting legacy of the revolution -- Epilogue, Take Two: Listen to the thunder... How TV drama's Wild Wild West has only gotten wilder -- Where are they now? -- Acknowledgments More info
Smart chicks on screen : representing women's intellect in film and television / edited by, Laura Mattoon D'Amore
Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, c2014.
Call No: 626:396SMA Author: Duncan, Stephen R.; Meade, Melissa; Chinen Biesen, Sheri; Levitt, Linda; Whitney, Allison; Feroli, Mikaela; Reese, De Anna J.; Tally, Margaret; Campbell, Raewyn; Stone, Amanda; Berstein, Rachel S. Source: US Place: Lanham Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield PubDate: c2014 PhysDes: 245 pages ; 23 cm Series: Film and History Subject: WOMEN IN FILMS; WOMEN ON TV; FEMININITY IN FILMS; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; HOLLIDAY, JUDY; CONTACT (AT, Bentley Dean & Martin Butler, 2009); MAD MEN [TV] (US, 2007); GREY'S ANATOMY [TV] (US, 2005-); GIRLS [TV] (US, 2012); SOME LIKE IT HOT (US, Billy Wilder, 1959); BORN YESTERDAY (US, George Cukor, 1950); BIG BANG THEORY, THE [TV] (US, 2007-); ELEMENTARY [TV] (US, 2012-) Summary: While women have long been featured in leading roles in film and television, the intellectual depictions of female characters in these mediums are out of line with reality. Women continue to be marginalized for their choices, overshadowed by men, and judged by their bodies. In fact, the intelligence of women is rarely the focus of television or film narratives, and on the rare occasion when smart women are showcased, their portrayals are undermined by socially awkward behavior or their intimate relationships are doomed to perpetual failure. While Hollywood claims to offer a different, more evolved look at women, these movies and shows often just repackage old character types that still downplay the intelligence and savvy of women.
In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women’s Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D’Amore brings together an impressive array of scholarship that interrogates the portrayal of females on television and in movies. Among the questions that the volume seeks to answer are: In what ways are women in film and television limited, or ostracized, by their intelligence? How do female roles reinforce standards of beauty, submissiveness, and silence over intellect, problem solving, and leadership? Are there women in film and television who are intelligent without also being objectified?
The thirteen essays by international, interdisciplinary scholars offer a wide range of perspectives, examining the connections—and disconnections—between beauty and brains in film and television. Smart Chicks on Screen will be of interest to scholars not only of film and television but of women’s studies, reception studies, and cultural history, as well. -- [Extract taken from the back of book] Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 9781442237476 Contents: 1.Not Just Born Yesterday: Judy Holliday, the Red Scare, and the (Miss-)Uses of Hollywood's Dumb Blonde Image / Stephen R. Duncan -- 2.The Fuzzy End of the Lollypop: Protofeminism and Collective Subjectivity in Some Like It Hot / Melissa Meade -- 3.Brainy Broads: Images of Women's Intellect in Film Noir / Sheri Chinen Biesen -- 4.Troubling Binaries: Women Scientists in 1950s B-Movies / Linda Levitt -- 5."The High Priestess of the Desert": Female Intellect and Subjectivity in Contact / Allison Whitney -- 6.Mad Men's Peggy Olson: A Prefeminist Champion in a Postfeminist TV Landscape / Stefania Marghitu -- 7.A Deeper Cut: Enlightened Sexism and Grey's Anatomy / Mikaela Feroli -- 8."There Is No Genius": Dr. Joan Watson and the Rewriting of Gender and Intelligence on CBS's Elementary / Natasha Patterson -- 9.Stories Worth Telling: How Kerry Washington Balances Brains, Beauty, and Power in Hollywood / De Anna J. Reese -- 10. Postfeminism, Sexuality, and the Question of Millennial Identity on HBO's Girls / Margaret J. Tally -- 11. I Can't Believe I Fell for Muppet Man!: Female Nerds and the Order of Discourse / Raewyn Campbell -- 12.Brains, Beauty, and Feminist Television: The Women of The Big Bang Theory / Amanda Stone -- 13.Too Smart for Their Own Good?: Images of Young Jewish Women in Television and Film / Rachel S. Bernstein More info
Specificity, detail and obsession : an interview with Matthew Weiner
Lumina (2010) iss.2 p.13-28 More info