Drawing on numerous sources, including little examined documents in the archive of the film's screenwriter William Harrison, Andrew Nette examines the many dimensions of Rollerball's making and reception: the way it simultaneously exhibits the aesthetics and narrative tropes of mainstream action and art-house cinema; the elaborate and painstaking process of world creation undertaken by Jewison and Harrison; and the cultural forces and debates that influenced them, including the increasing corporate power and growing violence in Western society in late 1960s and early 1970s. Nette shows how a film that was derided by many critics for its violence works as a sophisticated and disturbing portrayal of a dystopian future that anticipates numerous contemporary concerns, including "fake news" and declining literary and historical memory. The book includes an interview with Jewison on Rollerball's influences, making, and reception.
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Andrew Nette is the coeditor of Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 (2017). He was a co-recipient of the Australian Film Institute Research Fellowship, examining depictions of crime and policing in early Australian television crime drama. He has written on film for a wide range of publications and organizations, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Sight and Sound, the British Film Institute, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
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