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- DescriptionThis book traces the development of what we kw as film ir from the proto-ir elements of Feuillade's silent French crime series and German Expressionism to the genre's mid-twentieth-century popularisation and influence on contemporary global media. By employing experimental lighting effects, oblique camera angles, distorted compositions and shifting points-of-view, film ir's style both creates and comments upon a morally adumbrated world, where the alienating effects of the uncanny, the fetishistic and the surreal dominate. What drew original audiences to film ir is an immediate recognition of this modern social and psychological reality. Much of the appeal of film ir concerns its commentary on social anxieties, its cynical view of political and capitalist corruption, and its all-too-brutal depictions of American modernity. This book examines the changing, often volatile shifts in representations of masculinity and femininity, as well as the genre's complex relationship with Afro-American culture, observable through ir's musical and sonic experiments. Concluding with extensive bibliographies, filmographies, recommended ir film viewing and a reflective chapter by Alain Silver and James Ursini on their own influential studies and collections on film ir criticism, this book offers students and scholars of Film Studies a scholarly, cultural and aesthetic history of the genre.
- Author BiographyHomer B. Pettey is Associate Professor of literature and film at the University of Arizona. R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University.
- PublisherEdinburgh University Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2016
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEdinburgh University Press
- Weight431 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byHomer B Pettey,R Barton Palmer
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