The Persistence of Hollywood
Cinephile Moments, Classical Narrative and Blockbuster Authorship
By (author) Thomas Elsaesser
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Persistence of Hollywood by Thomas Elsaesser
Book DescriptionWhile Hollywood's success - its persistence - has remained constant for almost one hundred years, the study of its success has undergone significant expansion and transformation. Since the 1960s, Thomas Elsaesser's research has spearheaded the study of Hollywood, beginning with his classic essays on auteurism and cinephilia, focused around a director's themes and style, up to his analysis of the "corporate authorship" of contemporary director James Cameron. In between, he has helped to transform film studies by incorporating questions of narrative, genre, desire, ideology and, more recently, Hollywood's economic-technological infrastructure and its place within global capitalism. The Persistence of Hollywood brings together Elsaesser's key writings about Hollywood filmmaking. It includes his detailed studies of individual directors (including Minnelli, Fuller, Ray, Hitchcock, Lang, Altman, Kubrick, Coppola, and Cameron), as well as essays charting the shifts from classic to corporate Hollywood by way of the New Hollywood and the resurgence of the blockbuster. The book also presents a history of the different critical-theoretical paradigms central to film studies in its analysis of Hollywood, from auteurism and cinephilia to textual analysis, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and post-industrial analysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415968133
(254mm x 178mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Jan-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Thomas Elsaesser
Persistence of Hollywood, Paperback (November 2008)
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 Emeritus of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam and, since 2006, Visiting Professor at Yale University. Among his recent books as author are: Weimar Cinema and After (Routledge, 2000); Metropolis (BFI, 2000); Studying Contemporary American Film (Hodder, 2002, with Warren Buckland); European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood (Amsterdam University Press, 2005); Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses (Routledge, 2010, with Malte Hagener).
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