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Career Girls (1997)

Mike Leigh

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. He then returned to feature films: High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993). Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He also did Two Thousand Years for the National Theatre in 2005. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Faber and Faber, 2008

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...Annie (Lynda Steadman) travels from Wakefield to London to stay with Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge), a college flatmate she hasn’t seen for six years. They are both smart, single, professional women. Flashbacks to their time as students...

Action-Adventure

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

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...The term ‘action-adventure’ is nowadays used mainly to describe what was perceived in the 1980s and 1990s to be a new and dominant trend in Hollywood’s output, a trend exemplified by the Alien films (1979; 1986; 1992; 1997); the Indiana...

Steampunked Kung Fu: Technologized Modernity in Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi Films

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction: Exploiting Kung Fu Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥虎藏龍, 2000) is one of those seminal works that have directed popular and critical attention to a cinematic genre, the wuxia pian (武俠片, Chinese martial arts film...

Beyond the Flâneuse: The Uniqueness of Cléo de 5 à 7

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...Agnès Varda’s New Wave film Cléo de 5 à 7/Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) tells the story of 90 minutes in the life of a Parisian pop singer, Cléo (Corinne Marchand), who is anxiously awaiting the results of a medical test on the longest day...

The MTV Influence on Editing II

Ken Dancyger

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Technique of Film and Video Editing : History, Theory, and Practice

Focal Press, 2013

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... The MTV Influence on Editing II j In the last chapter we explored the characteristics of the MTV style in editing. Whereas linear narratives proceed by focusing a viewer’s identifica- tion with a main character, the MTV approach...

The Contemporary Wuxia Revival

The Chinese Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2011

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...The release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000) signalled an exciting return of the wuxia pian (Chinese swordplay film) to renewed global popularity. Affirming the now iconic status of Ang Lee’s film is the growing critical...

Exotic Objects

Elizabeth Ezra

Elizabeth Ezra is Professor of Cinema and Culture at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Major publications include: The Colonial Unconscious (2000); Georges Méliès: The Birth of the Auteur (2000); Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2008); European Cinema (2004); and Transnational Cinema: The Film Reader (2006) as well as numerous contributions to scholarly journals including Screen and Yale French Studies. Current work includes projects on screen tests and on the posthuman in children's literature and cinema. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cinema of Things : Globalization and the Posthuman Object

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In the climax of Micmacs, the homeless band hoodwinks the arms dealers into thinking they are in the Middle East, when in fact they have never left the outskirts of Paris. A similar play of distance and proximity is at work...

Conclusion

Hilary Neroni

Hilary Neroni is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Vermont, USA. She is the author of The Subject of Torture (2015) and The Violent Woman (2005), and has also published numerous essays on female directors. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Feminist Film Theory and Cléo from 5 to 7

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Wandering through the streets of Paris, Agnès Varda reveals to the spectator her own questions about being a woman. In Cléo from 5 to 7, she situates Cléo (Corinne Marchand) in spaces filled with possibility and restriction, asking us...

Accursed Films

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...In France, every time an attempt is made to organise, to adopt systems, the individual rebels and slips in between the gears of the mechanism. One result of this is that crooks easily get the upper hand, but another is the formation...

From Bresson to Besson

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...The French cinema during the 1970s was able to boast an impressive variety of film-making talent. But although the films they made garnered much respectful praise, absent was the visceral excitement that films like Hiroshima mon amour...