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The use of alternate realities in cinema has been brought to new heights by such recent films as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Donnie Darko". "Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema" is the first book to analyze these imaginary realms, tracing their construction and development across periods, genres, and history. Through an analysis of such landmark films as "The Wizard of Oz", "The Others" and "Groundhog Day", James Walters reveals how unconventional worlds are crucial to each film's dramatic agenda and narrative structure. This groundbreaking volume unifies decades of divergent work by film scholars and points the way towards a new theoretical framework for understanding fantasy in the context of popular film. "Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema" will be an essential resource for film studies scholars and movie buffs alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841502021
ISBN-10: 1841502022
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 174mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Intellect Books
Publisher: Intellect Books
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - James Walters

James Walters is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Birmingham. He has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences on a wide variety of topics relating to film and television. His written work has appeared in refereed journals including Screen, Journal of British Film and Television, Critical Survey and Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies.

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