Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies
Film theory no longer gets top billing or plays a starring role in film studies today, as critics proclaim that theory is dead and we are living in a post-theory moment. While theory may be out of the limelight, it remains an essential key to understanding the full complexity of cinema, one that should not be so easily discounted or discarded.
In this volume, contributors explore recent popular movies through the lens of film theory, beginning with industrial-economic analysis before moving into a predominately aesthetic and interpretive framework. The Hollywood films discussed cover a wide range from 300 to Fifty First Dates, from Brokeback Mountain to Lord of the Rings, from Spider-Man 3 to Fahrenheit 9/11, from Saw to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and much more. Individual essays consider such topics as the rules that govern new blockbuster franchises, the ‘posthumanist realism’ of digital cinema, video game adaptations, increasingly restricted stylistic norms, the spatial stories of social networks like YouTube, the mainstreaming of queer culture, and the cognitive paradox behind enjoyable viewing of traumatic events onscreen.
With its cast of international film scholars, Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies demonstrates the remarkable contributions theory can offer to film studies and moviegoers alike.
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In this volume, contributors explore recent popular movies through the lens of film
theory, beginning with industrial-economic analysis before moving into a
predominately aesthetic and interpretive framework. The Hollywood films
(Francesco Casetti, 44) film theory Debates on the status of theory—especially in
the humanities—over the last few decades were largely dominated by ecological
and evolutionary metaphors of theory's “life cycle.” Theory was presented as a ...
thomas schatz This essay is a sequel of sorts to “The New Hollywood,” which first
appeared in Film Theory Goes to the Movies, a lively collection published in 1993
that was intended, as the title exhorts, to bring film scholarship within shouting ...
... it's important to note that the studios' worldwide movie-related income in 2006 (
according to the Motion Picture Association) was $42.6 billion (Hollinger). This
indicates well the significance of overseas markets for Hollywood films, as well as
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