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Post-Theory, Neo-Formalism and Cognitivism

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

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...Introduction: Post-theory During the 1970s, film studies was dominated by what has come to be known as ‘Grand Theory’. Grand Theories are socalled because they attempt to describe and explain broad aspects of the world, such as society...
...Introduction In this chapter I focus on one song among all of David Bowie’s music that is singularly – and idiosyncratically – both political and emotional; his hit ‘Young Americans’, written in 1974 and released on the album of the same...
...Introduction: ‘Don’t you w[o]ander sometimes’ On his Low (1977) profile, where the celluloid Bowie has been flattened out by George Underwood’s cover art, only his ear seems to have corporeal depth, alert and cocked to one side, an emblem...

Keeping Space Fantastic: The Transformative Journey of Major Tom

Enchanting David Bowie : Space/Time/Body/Memory

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...What really mattered as an artist . . . was not what you did but what you were, and Bowie became a blank canvas on which consumers write their dreams.I have been ‘freak[ing] out in a moonage daydream’, my entire conscious life. My earliest...

Don Boyd: The Accidental Producer

Seventies British Cinema

British Film Institute, 2008

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...I became a producer by accident. . . . I was a writer and a director who produced films but never saw myself as that in professional terms – I still don’t, and never will.Don Boyd, interview with Dan North, 20 February 2003. Don Boyd...

Video Arrives

Betsy A. McLane

Betsy A. McLane is the Director Emerita of the International Documentary Association. She holds degrees in cinema: a BFA from Ithaca College, MA and Ph.D. from The University of Southern California School of Media Arts. She has taught courses on film and documentary at Loyola Marymount University, The University of Vermont, Emerson College, The University of Southern California and California State University, San Bernadino, Palm Desert Campus. She is a Past President of the University Film and Video Association, and most recently served as the Project Director for The American Documentary Showcase, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A New History of Documentary Film

Continuum, 2012

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...As the 1970s progressed into the 1980s, a major transition – sometimes threatening to mutate into a battle – took place as technology moved from film to video. Lighter, and easier to learn than 16mm, video did not have to be processed...

Bowie’s Covers: The Artist as Modernist

Enchanting David Bowie : Space/Time/Body/Memory

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Introduction: Hunky Dory Hunky Dory (1971), David Bowie’s highly regarded third album, may perhaps best be viewed as a kind of ground-clearing operation, the opening up and making available of the space for Bowie’s extraordinary...

To the Valley Below

Raz Greenberg

Raz Greenberg is a teaching fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He has published both academic and popular articles on animation, including Literature Film Quarterly, The Journal of Film and Video, Animated Views and ASIFA, among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hayao Miyazaki : Exploring the Early Work of Japan’s Greatest Animator

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Although The Castle of Cagliostro was not an instant success upon its release, the film did draw the attention of prominent figures in the animation industry, and as well as getting enthusiastic responses from foreign viewers (as detailed...

The Loss of the Separated World: On Pasolini’s Communism

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Framed and Unframed : A Thinker for the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...“We’re all in danger,” in In Danger: A Pasolini Anthology , ed. Jack Hirschman (San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2010), 235. Translations are mine unless otherwise noted. In cases where a good English...


Lee : A Romance

Faber & Faber, 1997

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...Lee died on 29 August 1987. He died not from a sudden heart attack, but from a combination of incompetence and arrogance: a doctor who did not recognize a case of peritonitis, and who refused to take the symptoms seriously because they were...