Melodrama, Trauma, Mind-games by Thomas Elsaesser
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Melodrama, Trauma, Mind-games

Affect and Memory in Contemporary American Cinema

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Melodrama, Trauma, Mind-games by Thomas Elsaesser

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The 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 Details

ISBN: 9780415968119
ISBN-10: 0415968119
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Feb-1951
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Persistence of Hollywood by Thomas Elsaesser Persistence of Hollywood, Hardback (January 2012)

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Studying Contemporary American Film by Thomas Elsaesser Studying Contemporary American Film, Paperback (March 2002)

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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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