Cinemulacrum: A Secret History of Film / Video, 1960-2010 by Aaron Sultanik (Paperback, 2012)
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- DescriptionCinemulacrum, a conflation of cinema, the art of the Hollywood film, and simulacrum, a reality counterfeit, was coined to designate contemporary media culture. This period is distinguished by the advent of digital film/video, an ideology of fantasy as the central narrative of movies and television, and a ruling audience demographic of the young adult. A pre-cinemulacrum era (1960-1980) and Age of Cinemulacrum (1980 to the present day) are demarcated to examine the fall-and rise-of classical Hollywood and the hegemony of television in a media dyad of movies and television. Cinemulacrum argues that the convergence of techlogy, ideology, and audience represent the primary factors surrounding the social immediacy of movies and television, and that video, fantasy, and the young adult have replaced film, realism, and the family as the outstanding attributes of contemporary media culture. A contemporary vision of media culture emerges in the 1980s. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg lead a populist new wave, combining techlogical modernity with a retro sensibility grounded both in B-movie melodramas and the genteel, domesticated television sit-coms of the 1950s. Television, however, gains an unrivaled authority through the spiff production model and the expanded resources of cable with its 24/7 news, sports, and movies. Advocating a new or alternate history of movies and television, the author assesses critical trends from America's hybrid media culture. The pre-cinemulacrum era is unraveled through an apocrypha of violence -a cycle of conflicting portrayals of movie violence and heroism in Bonnie and Clyde, Dirty Harry, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Rocky. The Age of Cinemulacrum is then characterized by the 'making of simulacra'-the proliferating nature of movie sequels, prequels, and special editions -and by television's multi-generational young adult demographic of The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, and The Simpsons. The author concludes his study with an antated timeline- The Seven Ages of Cinemulacrum -listing the history-making movies and television programs in contemporary media culture.
- Author BiographyAaron Sultanik is a teacher and writer in English and film/video. He is the author of Film: A Modern Art, Camera-Cut-Composition: A Learning Model, and Inventing Orders: An Essay and Critique in 20th Century American Literature (1950-2000).
- Author(s)Aaron Sultanik
- PublisherUniversity Press of America
- Date of Publication19/04/2012
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of America
- Weight217 g
- Width151 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine8 mm
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