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Post-Theory, Neo-Formalism and Cognitivism

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

...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

Book chapter

...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...

The Last Battle

Lee : A Romance

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...It didn’t take us long to put the trial behind us. We had much to do: finishing the remodelling of the house, celebrating the births of more grandchildren, fulfilling our publicity commitments, making more movies — and of course, our yearly...

Keeping the Faith

Lee : A Romance

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...Lee was invited to the 58th Academy Awards presentations in March 1986.‘You’ll enjoy it,’ he said. ‘Let’s go.’We left the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in a good mood. There was no heat on: Lee was not nominated for anything or presenting...

Postscript: Queers and Women in Film Noir

Women in Film Noir

British Film Institute, 1978

Book chapter

...Gilda seems unusual among films noirs for having as its hero an ordinary guy who also has a homosexual relationship. The ordinariness of the film noir hero does not consist of the unspectacular decency most usually constructed by Hollywood...

From Homosocial to Heterosexual: The Musical’s two Projects

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Sound of Musicals

British Film Institute, 2010

Book chapter

...This article takes a fresh look at the beginnings of Hollywood musicals. I argue that existing treatments of the musical are so attendant to endings and to synchronic analysis that the beginnings of musicals have been lost in the shuffle...

The Vanishing of Les Halles

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

British Film Institute, 2018

Book chapter

...Thank you to Max Page, Nicole Rudolph, Brian Jacobson, Vanessa Schwartz and Julie Elsky, as well as audiences at the 2015 meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies and the 2010 meeting of the Urban History Association who...