The Action and Adventure Cinema
Edited by Yvonne Tasker
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Action and Adventure Cinema by Yvonne Tasker
Book DescriptionThis exciting collection addresses action and adventure from the silent to the contemporary period exploring diverse questions of aesthetics, industry and ideology. Action has established itself as one of the leading commercial genres of the New Hollywood cinema, generating extensive debate in the process. Contributors consider how action might best be defined, how it has developed historically, and how it works formally. The critical reception and standing of action and adventure cinema is considered in relation to questions of national culture, violence and the 'art' of cinema. Themes explored include genre and definitions; early action, sensation and melodrama; authorship and action; national and transnational action-adventure traditions; action aesthetics; spectacle and narrative; stars and bodies; class; gender; race and ethnicity. Attempting to evaluate the significance of this type of filmmaking for both popular cinema and film studies, the book underlines the central place of action and adventure within film history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415235075
(246mm x 174mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Yvonne Tasker
Hollywood Action and Adventure Film, Hardback (May 2015)
The Hollywood Action and Adventure Film presents a comprehensive overview and analysis of the history, myriad themes, and critical approaches to the action and adventure genre in American cinema.
Gendering the Recession, Paperback (March 2014)
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Interrogating Postfeminism, Paperback (November 2007)» View all books by Yvonne Tasker
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