Melodrama, Trauma, Mind-games
Affect and Memory in Contemporary American Cinema
By (author) Thomas Elsaesser
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Melodrama, Trauma, Mind-games by Thomas Elsaesser
Book DescriptionThe woman's picture, the male trauma narrative, and mind-game films-three ways that American cinema tests the limits: of what victims can suffer, what the body can bear, and what the mind can understand. Usually considered both marginal and excessive, these genres, modes, or tendencies in contemporary Hollywood have more in common than might at first appear. They tell us much about the way America engages in dialogue with its own divided nature and nation, demonstrated across its most cherished and characteristic of art forms: the movies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415968119
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Feb-1951
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Thomas Elsaesser
Persistence of Hollywood, Hardback (January 2012)
Examines various paradigms for reading Hollywood and its cinema. This volume also explores a range of topics from cinephilia and auteurs - Nicholas Ray, Sam Fuller, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, among others - to melodrama, digital cinema, and even time- travel films.
Studying Contemporary American Film, Paperback (March 2002)» View all books by Thomas Elsaesser
This book takes an innovative approach to film analysis: each chapter examines the assumptions behind one traditional theory of film, distills a method of analysis from it, and then analyses a contemporary American movie. It then goes beyond the traditional theory by analysing the same movie using a more current theory and method.
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Author Biography - Thomas Elsaesser
Thomas Elsaesser is Professor of Film and Television Studies in the Department of Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author or editor of many books, including European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood, The Last Great American Picture Show: New Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s, New German Cinema: A History, The BFI Companion to German Cinema, and Weimar Cinema and After, also published by Routledge.
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