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The End of Cinema as We Know it free pdf Almost half a century ago, Jean-Luc Godard famously remarked, "I await the end of cinema with optimism." Lots of us have been waiting for and wondering about this prophecy ever since. The way films are made and exhibited has changed significantly. Films, some of which are not exactly "films" anymore, can now be projected in a wide variety of ways on screens in revamped high tech theatres, on big, high-resolution TVs, on little screens in minivans and laptops. But with all this new gear, all these new ways of viewing films, are we necessarily getting different, better movies? The 34 brief essays in "The End of Cinema as We Know It" attend a variety of topics, from film censorship and preservation to the changing structure and status of independent cinema from the continued importance of celebrity and stardom to the sudden importance of alternative video. While many of the contributors explore in detail the pictures that captured the attention of the nineties film audience, such as "Jurassic Park", "Eyes Wide Shut", "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut", "The Wedding Banquet", "The Matrix", "Independence Day", "Gods and Monsters", "The Nutty Professor", and "Kids", several essays consider works that fall outside the category of film as it is conventionally defined - the home "movie" of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's honeymoon and the amateur video of the LAPD beating of Rodney King. Examining key films and filmmakers, the corporate players and industry trends, film styles and audio-visual technologies, the contributors to this volume spell out the end of cinema in terms of irony, cynicism and exhaustion, religious fundamentalism and fanaticism, and the decline of what we once used to call film culture.

About Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis is Professor of English at Oregon State University where he has taught film and cultural studies since 1983. His books include Whom God Wishes to Destroy ... Francis Coppola and the New Hollywood, The Road to Romance and Ruin: Teen Films and Youth Culture, and (as editor) The New American Cinema.

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Author : Jon Lewis
Publisher : New York University Press
Data Published : 01 December 2001
ISBN : 0814751601
EAN : 9780814751602
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 396 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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