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This classic of film criticism, long considered invaluable for its eloquent study of a problematic period in film history, is now substantially updated and revised by the author to include chapters beyond the Reagan era and into the twenty-first century. For the new edition, Robin Wood has written a substantial new preface that explores the interesting double context within which the book can be read-that in which it was written and that in which we find ourselves today. Among the other additions to this new edition are a celebration of modern "screwball" comedies like My Best Friend's Wedding, and an analysis of '90s American and Canadian teen movies in the vein of American Pie, Can't Hardly Wait, and Rollercoaster. Also included are a chapter on Hollywood today that looks at David Fincher and Jim Jarmusch (among others) and an illuminating essay on Day of the Dead.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Robin Wood
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release: 2003-07-10
File: 480 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780231507578

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This new edition includes all the chapters of the original work, supplemented with analysis of comedy films of the 1990s, a chapter on contemporary filmmakers, including David Fincher & Jim Jarmusch, & an essay on 'Day of the Dead'

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Robin Wood
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release: 2003
File: 363 Pages
ISBN-13: 0231129661

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This new edition includes all the chapters of the original work, supplemented with analysis of comedy films of the 1990s, a chapter on contemporary filmmakers, including David Fincher & Jim Jarmusch, & an essay on 'Day of the Dead'

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Robin Wood
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release: 2003
File: 363 Pages
ISBN-13: 023112967X

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An examination of the relationship between narrative style and sexual politics. Looking at contemporary films from the USA, Europe and Japan, the book examines the ways in which films relate to sexual politics and the organization within our culture of gender and sexuality.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Robin Wood
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release: 1998
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 0231076053

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Hard Bodies looks at some of the most popular films of the Reagan era and examines how the characters, themes, and stories presented in them often helped to reinforce and disseminate the policies, programs, and beliefs of the 'Reagan Revolution.'

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Susan Jeffords
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Release: 1994
File: 212 Pages
ISBN-13: 0813520037

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In this series of provocative, interrelated essays, Robin Wood analyzes 1970s films affected by the ideological crises in America precipitated by Watergate and the Vietnam war, and assembles his much-discussed but hiterto scattered and inaccessible work on the modern horror film. The book also analyzes the complex and problematic films of Brian De Palma, attacks the 1980s fantasy cinema of Lucas and Spielberg, examines the work of women directors, and celebrates the films of Scorcese and Michael Cimino.

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Genre: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Author: Robin Wood
Publisher:
Release: 1986
File: 328 Pages
ISBN-13: 0231057776

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Robin Wood, the renowned scholarly critic and writer on film, has prepared a new introduction and added three essays to his classic text Personal Views. This important book contains essays on a wide range of films and filmmakers and considers questions of the nature of film criticism and the critic. Wood, the proud "unreconstructed humanist," offers in this collection persuasive arguments for the importance of art, creativity, and personal response and also demonstrates these values in his analyses. Personal Views is the only book on cinema by Wood never to have been published in the United States. It contains essays on popular Hollywood directors such as Howard Hawks, Vincente Minnelli, and Leo McCarey; as well as pieces on recognized auteurs like Max Ophuls, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Josef von Sternberg; and essays on art-film icons Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Kenji Mizoguchi. The writings that make up Personal Views appeared duing a pivotal time in both film studies-during its academic institutionalization-and in the author's life. Throughout this period of change, Wood remained a stalwart anchor of the critical discipline, using theory without being used by it and always staying attentive to textual detail. Wood's overall critical project is to combine aesthetics and ideology in understanding films for the ultimate goal of enriching our lives individually and together. This is a major work to be read and reread not just by film scholars and students of film but by anyone with an interest in twentieth-century culture.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Robin Wood
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Release: 2006-07-24
File: 440 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780814340066

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Schatz analyzes the studio system and tells what film genres mean in a general and theoretical way. Describing some important movie genres in Hollywood's "Golden Era", -- the Western, the gangster film, detective movies, screwball comedies, the musical and the family melodrama -- he surveys selected films and the work of directors associated with them.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Thomas Gerard Schatz
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press
Release: 1981
File: 297 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105004486903

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Between 1967 and 1976 a number of extraordinary factors converged to produce an uncommonly adventurous era in the history of American film. The end of censorship, the decline of the studio system, economic changes in the industry, and demographic shifts among audiences, filmmakers, and critics created an unprecedented opportunity for a new type of Hollywood movie, one that Jonathan Kirshner identifies as the "seventies film." In Hollywood's Last Golden Age, Kirshner shows the ways in which key films from this period-including Chinatown, Five Easy Pieces, The Graduate, and Nashville, as well as underappreciated films such as The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Klute, and Night Moves-were important works of art in continuous dialogue with the political, social, personal, and philosophical issues of their times. These "seventies films" reflected the era's social and political upheavals: the civil rights movement, the domestic consequences of the Vietnam war, the sexual revolution, women's liberation, the end of the long postwar economic boom, the Shakespearean saga of the Nixon Administration and Watergate. Hollywood films, in this brief, exceptional moment, embraced a new aesthetic and a new approach to storytelling, creating self-consciously gritty, character-driven explorations of moral and narrative ambiguity. Although the rise of the blockbuster in the second half of the 1970s largely ended Hollywood's embrace of more challenging films, Kirshner argues that seventies filmmakers showed that it was possible to combine commercial entertainment with serious explorations of politics, society, and characters' interior lives.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Jonathan Kirshner
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Release: 2012-10-05
File: 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780801465840

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The best-selling author of Nixonland presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering events ranging from the Arab oil embargo and the era of Patty Hearst to the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the rise of Ronald Reagan.

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Genre: History
Author: Rick Perlstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2015-08-11
File: 880 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781476782423

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