Book A Companion to the Biopic

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  • Author : Deborah Cartmell
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2020-01-15
  • ISBN : 1119554810
  • Pages : 466 pages

Download or read A Companion to the Biopic PDF, written by Deborah Cartmell and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2020-01-15 with total page 466 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The most comprehensive reference text of theoretical and historical discourse on the biopic film The biopic, often viewed as the most reviled of all film genres, traces its origins to the early silent era over a century ago. Receiving little critical attention, biopics are regularly dismissed as superficial, formulaic, and disrespectful of history. Film critics, literary scholars and historians tend to believe that biopics should be artistic, yet accurate, true-to-life representations of their subjects. Moviegoing audiences, however, do not seem to hold similar views; biopics continue to be popular, commercially viable films. Even the genre’s most ardent detractors will admit that these films are often very watchable, particularly due to the performance of the lead actor. It is increasingly common for stars of biographical films to garner critical praise and awards, driving a growing interest in scholarship in the genre. A Companion to the Biopic is the first global and authoritative reference on the subject. Offering theoretical, historical, thematic, and performance-based approaches, this unique volume brings together the work of top scholars to discuss the coverage of the lives of authors, politicians, royalty, criminals, and pop stars through the biopic film. Chapters explore evolving attitudes and divergent perspectives on the genre with topics such as the connections between biopics and literary melodramas, the influence financial concerns have on aesthetic, social, or moral principles, the merger of historical narratives with Hollywood biographies, stereotypes and criticisms of the biopic genre, and more. This volume: Provides a systematic, in-depth analysis of the biopic and considers how the choice of historical subject reflects contemporary issues Places emphasis on films that portray race and gender issues Explores the uneven boundaries of the genre by addressing what is and is not a biopic as well as the ways in which films simultaneously embrace and defy historical authenticity Examines the distinction between reality and ‘the real’ in biographical films Offers a chronological survey of biopics from the beginning of the 20th century A Companion to the Biopic is a valuable resource for researchers, scholars, and students of history, film studies, and English literature, as well as those in disciplines that examine interpretations of historical figures

Book A Companion to Literary Biography

Download or read A Companion to Literary Biography PDF, written by Richard Bradford and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2018-11-28 with total page 628 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An authoritative review of literary biography covering the seventeenth century to the twentieth century A Companion to Literary Biography offers a comprehensive account of literary biography spanning the history of the genre across three centuries. The editor – an esteemed literary biographer and noted expert in the field – has encouraged contributors to explore the theoretical and methodological questions raised by the writing of biographies of writers. The text examines how biographers have dealt with the lives of classic authors from Chaucer to contemporary figures such as Kingsley Amis. The Companion brings a new perspective on how literary biography enables the reader to deal with the relationship between the writer and their work. Literary biography is the most popular form of writing about writing, yet it has been largely neglected in the academic community. This volume bridges the gap between literary biography as a popular genre and its relevance for the academic study of literature. This important work: Allows the author of a biography to be treated as part of the process of interpretation and investigates biographical reading as an important aspect of criticism Examines the birth of literary biography at the close of the seventeenth century and considers its expansion through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries Addresses the status and writing of literary biography from numerous perspectives and with regard to various sources, methodologies and theories Reviews the ways in which literary biography has played a role in our perception of writers in the mainstream of the English canon from Chaucer to the present day Written for students at the undergraduate level, through postgraduate and doctoral levels, as well as academics, A Companion to Literary Biography illustrates and accounts for the importance of the literary biography as a vital element of criticism and as an index to our perception of literary history.

Book A Companion to the Historical Film

Download or read A Companion to the Historical Film PDF, written by Robert A. Rosenstone and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2015-12-02 with total page 597 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Broad in scope, this interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on historical film features essays that explore the many facets of this expanding field and provide a platform for promising avenues of research. Offers a unique collection of cutting edge research that questions the intention behind and influence of historical film Essays range in scope from inclusive broad-ranging subjects such as political contexts, to focused assessments of individual films and auteurs Prefaced with an introductory survey of the field by its two distinguished editors Features interdisciplinary contributions from scholars in the fields of History, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural and Literary Studies

Book The Queer Biopic in the AIDS Era

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  • Author : Laura Stamm
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2021-12-21
  • ISBN : 019760403X
  • Pages : 225 pages

Download or read The Queer Biopic in the AIDS Era PDF, written by Laura Stamm and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2021-12-21 with total page 225 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The Queer Biopic returns to the historical moment of the AIDS crisis and the emergence of New Queer Cinema to investigate the phenomena of queer biopic films produced during the late 1980s-early 1990s. More specifically, the book asks why queer filmmakers repeatedly produced biographical films of queer individuals living and dead throughout the years surrounding the AIDS crisis. While film critics and historian typically treat the biopic as a conservative, if not cliché, genre, queer filmmakers have frequently used the biopic to tell stories of queer lives. This project pays particular attention to the genre's queer resonances, opening up the biopic's historical connections to projects of education, public health, and social hygiene, along with the production of a shared history and national identity. Queer filmmakers' engagement with the biopic evokes the genre's history of building life through the portrayal of lives worthy of admiration and emulation, but it also points to another biopic history, that of representing lives damaged. By portraying lives damaged by inconceivable loss, queer filmmakers challenge the illusion of a coherent self presumably reinforced by the biopic genre and in doing so, their films open up the potential for new means of connection and relationality. The book features fresh readings of the cinema of Derek Jarman, John Greyson, Todd Haynes, Barbara Hammer, and Tom Kalin. By calling for a reappraisal of the queer biopic, the book also calls for a reappraisal of New Queer Cinema's legacy and its influence of contemporary queer film"--

Book The Routledge Companion to Adaptation

Download or read The Routledge Companion to Adaptation PDF, written by Dennis Cutchins and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2018-04-17 with total page 406 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Routledge Companion to Adaptation offers a broad range of scholarship from this growing, interdisciplinary field. With a basis in source-oriented studies, such as novel-to-stage and stage-to-film adaptations, this volume also seeks to highlight the new and innovative aspects of adaptation studies, ranging from theatre and dance to radio, television and new media. It is divided into five sections: Mapping, which presents a variety of perspectives on the scope and development of adaptation studies; Historiography, which investigates the ways in which adaptation engages with – and disrupts – history; Identity, which considers texts and practices in adaptation as sites of multiple and fluid identity formations; Reception, which examines the role played by an audience, considering the unpredictable relationships between adaptations and those who experience them; Technology, which focuses on the effects of ongoing technological advances and shifts on specific adaptations, and on the wider field of adaptation. An emphasis on adaptation-as-practice establishes methods of investigation that move beyond a purely comparative case study model. The Routledge Companion to Adaptation celebrates the complexity and diversity of adaptation studies, mapping the field across genres and disciplines.

Book Adaptation  Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic

Download or read Adaptation Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic PDF, written by Márta Minier and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-03-23 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Beginning with the premise that the biopic is a form of adaptation and an example of intermediality, this collection examines the multiplicity of 'source texts' and the convergence of different media in this genre, alongside the concurrent issues of fidelity and authenticity that accompany this form. The contributors focus on big and small screen biopics of British celebrities from the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, attending to their myth-making and myth-breaking potential. Related topics are the contemporary British biopic's participation in the production and consumption of celebrated lives, and the biopic's generic fluidity and hybridity as evidenced in its relationship to such forms as the bio-docudrama. Offering case studies of film biographies of literary and cultural icons, including Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales, John Lennon, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Beau Brummel, Carrington and Beatrix Potter, the essays address how British identity and heritage are interrogated in the (re)telling and showing of these lives, and how the reimagining of famous lives for the screen is influenced by recent processes of manufacturing celebrity.

Book Invented Lives  Imagined Communities

Download or read Invented Lives Imagined Communities PDF, written by William H. Epstein and published by SUNY Press. This book was released on 2016-06-06 with total page 354 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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

Book A Companion to Japanese Cinema

Download or read A Companion to Japanese Cinema PDF, written by David Desser and published by . This book was released on 2021 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Here is the cliché, the received wisdom: Kurosawa Akira's Rashomon was the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival. That it won the festival's grand prize seems in retrospect to be a given: it is one of the finest and most important films ever made, its influence incalculable. So, what was surprising? It was, after all, accepted for the competitive category and therefore should have had as much chance as any other of the 29 films in competition. True, it was up against some stiff competition, with films by well-known directors like George Cukor, Jean Renoir, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, and up-and-coming filmmakers like Elia Kazan and Robert Bresson. One-third of the films were English-language, postwar European cinema still recovering from the devastation of the war. The beginning of the notion of "surprise" winner comes with reportage by film historian Tino Balio who notes that it "slipped into the festival unheralded" by the festival director to make "the representation as wide as possible. Members of the jury knew nothing about the picture or the director." (Balio 2010: 118) But this brings up another issue: the "surprise" extended not just to the festival-goers who knew nothing about the film or its director, but to the Japanese themselves"--

Book Film and Domestic Space

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  • Author : Baschiera Stefano Baschiera
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2020-05-28
  • ISBN : 1474428959
  • Pages : 256 pages

Download or read Film and Domestic Space PDF, written by Baschiera Stefano Baschiera and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2020-05-28 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Although film and media studies have widely engaged with the different aspects of social space, domestic space in film has rarely been studied in its multiple dimensions. Drawing on a broad range of theoretical disciplines - and with case studies of directors such as Chantal Akerman, Agnes Varda, Claire Denis, Todd Haynes, Amos Gitai, Martin Ritt, John Ford, Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine - this book goes beyond the representational approach to the analysis of domestic space in cinema, in order to look at it as a dispositif. Adopting this innovative two-fold approach that couples representation and dispositif, the home is studied as an architecture, as the place that embodies, defines and perpetuates the family history, as the milieu of gender and generational struggle, as well as the first site where manifestations of power unfold. All chapters contribute to explore, unpack the complexities and expand on the richness encapsulated in the notion of domesticity and dwelling in its fascinating relation to moving images.

Book The Book on Making a Movie With No Money

Download or read The Book on Making a Movie With No Money PDF, written by Brett William Mauser and published by . This book was released on 2020-05-24 with total page 274 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Brett Mauser has made over 40 feature films, and most of them were done with no money. Not microbudgets, but no money at all. Some were shot for as little as $65. Now Mauser is bringing all he's learned, from the fundamentals of filmmaking to the philosophy, to how to bring it all together so that you can make your first feature film without any money. Mauser hasn't just completed more than 40 feature films, 50 music videos, and hundreds of commercials, but most of his projects have seen national and international distribution. He runs a successful independent film company and is a professor of Digital Video and Film Production at the Art Institute of San Antonio. He's received recognition at film festivals and holds three degrees. And now, actually written the Book On Making a Movie With No Money!His book begins by taking you through the essential fundamentals and basics of film and video production, giving you a vocabulary and understanding of how films are made. He teaches you the rules and then in the second parts, he teaches you how to break those rules. He shares with you experiences of making films and tells you how to avoid the pitfalls he fell into over his 30+ years of filmmaking.

Book Baseball in the Classroom

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  • Author : Edward J. Rielly
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2014-09-17
  • ISBN : 0786481528
  • Pages : 196 pages

Download or read Baseball in the Classroom PDF, written by Edward J. Rielly and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2014-09-17 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As scholarly interest in baseball has increased in recent years, so too has the use of baseball both as subject and as teaching method in college courses. In addition to lecturing on baseball history, professors are more frequently using baseball as a pedagogical tool to teach other disciplines. Baseball’s interdisciplinary appeal is evident in the myriad ways that diverse college faculty have made use of it in the classroom. In this collection of essays, professors from different disciplines explain how they have used baseball in higher education. Organized by academic field, essays offer insight into how baseball can help teach key issues in archival research, business, cultural studies, education, experiential learning, film, American history, labor relations, law, literature, Native American studies, philosophy, public speaking, race studies and social history.

Book Little Women  The Official Movie Companion

Download or read Little Women The Official Movie Companion PDF, written by Gina McIntyre and published by Abrams. This book was released on 2019-11-05 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Go behind-the-scenes with the March sisters in this official companion to the major motion picture adaptation of Little Women, written and directed by Academy Award nominated director Greta Gerwig. Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic comes to life in Greta Gerwig’s 2019 film, and this stunning guide details the making of the major motion picture, with an all-star cast featuring Timothée Chalamet, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Louis Garrel, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep, and Emma Watson. Learn about the history that led to Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel and the modern vision that brought these cherished characters to life for a new generation. Take a look at how the film was made in an insider’s guide packed with cast and crew interviews, photos of the real-life locations that were transformed into iconic sets for the film, and recipes that bring the flavors of 19th century New England to life. Featuring lavish full color photos of the set, actors perfecting their craft, detailed images of key props, and more, this companion is a must-have both for fans of the film and Alcott’s original masterpiece.

Book Roger Ebert s Movie Home Companion

Download or read Roger Ebert s Movie Home Companion PDF, written by Roger Ebert and published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. This book was released on 1985 with total page 401 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book The Moviegoer s Companion

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  • Author : Rhiannon Guy
  • Publisher : Robson
  • Release : 2004
  • ISBN : 9781861057976
  • Pages : 172 pages

Download or read The Moviegoer s Companion PDF, written by Rhiannon Guy and published by Robson. This book was released on 2004 with total page 172 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How many times has James Bond been told he's going to die? In which film did the co-star get eaten by hungry pigs? Which director gave his audiences an extra fright by making their seats vibrate? Was "The Madness of King George III" really renamed "The Madness of King George" so that American audiences didn't think they had missed the first two installments? And who shot a 90-minute movie in one take? If you have a burning desire to know the answers to these questions and hundreds more like it, this book is a must. Facts, fiction, statistics, lists--it's the best collection of film trivia you'll ever read.

Book A Companion to Literature  Film  and Adaptation

Download or read A Companion to Literature Film and Adaptation PDF, written by Deborah Cartmell and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2014-08-25 with total page 450 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is a comprehensive collection of original essays that explore the aesthetics, economics, and mechanics of movie adaptation, from the days of silent cinema to contemporary franchise phenomena. Featuring a range of theoretical approaches, and chapters on the historical, ideological and economic aspects of adaptation, the volume reflects today’s acceptance of intertextuality as a vital and progressive cultural force. Incorporates new research in adaptation studies Features a chapter on the Harry Potter franchise, as well as other contemporary perspectives Showcases work by leading Shakespeare adaptation scholars Explores fascinating topics such as ‘unfilmable’ texts Includes detailed considerations of Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Book Literary Research and British Postmodernism

Download or read Literary Research and British Postmodernism PDF, written by Bridgit McCafferty and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2015-09-02 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Literary Research and British Postmodernism is a guide for researchers of postwar British literature that defines best practices for scholars conducting research in this period. Individual chapters connect the complex relationships between print and multimedia, technological advancements, and the influence of critical theory that converge in postwar British literature.

Book A Companion to Martin Scorsese

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  • Author : Aaron Baker
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2014-11-10
  • ISBN : 1444338617
  • Pages : 496 pages

Download or read A Companion to Martin Scorsese PDF, written by Aaron Baker and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2014-11-10 with total page 496 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Companion to Martin Scorsese A Companion to Martin Scorsese “This valuable book brings the exceptional scale of Martin Scorsese’s film work into clear view. His achievements are monumental, and the essays collected in this work provide wonderfully detailed and vivid analyses of his oeuvre. A comprehensive study of the most exciting filmmaker working today.” Robert Burgoyne, University of St Andrews A Companion to Martin Scorsese, Revised Edition is a comprehensive collection of original essays assessing the career of one of America’s most prominent contemporary filmmakers. The first reference work of its kind, this book contains contributions from influential scholars in North America and Europe. The essays use a variety of analytic approaches to study numerous aspects of Scorsese’s work, from his earliest films to his place within the history of American and world cinema. They consider his work in relation to auteur theory, the genres in which he has worked, his use of popular music, and his recent involvement with film preservation. Several of the essays offer fresh interpretations of some of Scorsese’s most influential films, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, GoodFellas, Gangs of New York, Hugo, and The Irishman. Others take a broader approach and discuss the representation of violence, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, race, and other themes across his work. With insights that will interest film scholars as well as movie enthusiasts, this is an important contribution to the scholarship of contemporary American cinema.