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...Carpathian Ridge – Dawn (Saturday, 5 AM) We descend upon Carpathian Ridge, a crescent-shaped cliff that extrudes from the dense Virginia evergreens above a deep rock canyon. The cliff marks the end of a dirt road that winds down from...

When the Golden Kids Met the Bright Young Men and Women

Popular Music and the Moving Image in Eastern Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Communist culture industry There is a song from the Czechoslovak dissident community, originally broadcast in English over Radio Free Europe during the 1980s, that lists an array of privileges, consumer goods and creature comforts only...

Becoming Hal Ashby: Intersectional Politics, the Hollywood Renaissance and Harold and Maude (1971)

The Hollywood Renaissance : Revisiting American Cinema’s Most Celebrated Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...As a number of writers have outlined, the late 1960s and early 1970s were a period that saw the rise of the director as a recognized auteur within industry and critical discourse, and the creation of a Hollywood cinema seeking not only...

Levels of Typification in Aki Kaurismäki’s Drifting Clouds

The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In all fiction characters appear to varying degrees like fully rounded personalities as well as somehow representative types. In very rough terms, it may be said that individuation makes characters interesting and evokes sympathetic...

The Orphan and the Bachelor: Moonrise Kingdom

Warren Buckland

Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the author of Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (2012), Directed by Steven Spielberg (2006), and The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Wes Anderson’s Symbolic Storyworld : A Semiotic Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In indigenous or primitive societies, Lévi-Strauss argues, marriage is necessary for a man in order ‘to prevent those two calamities of primitive society from occurring in his group, namely, the bachelor and the orphan’ (1969, 39...

Beaver Las Vegas! A Fanboy’s Defence of Showgirls

I.Q. Hunter

I.Q. Hunter is Professor of Film Studies at De Montfort University, UK, and the author of British Trash Cinema (2013), editor of British Science Fiction Cinema (1999) and co-editor of British Comedy Cinema (2012) and The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cult Film as a Guide to Life : Fandom, Adaptation and Identity

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Raymond Durgnat, Durgnat on Film (London: Faber and Faber, 1976), 179.Andrew Sarris once began an interview with a sustained defence in intellectual depth of his auteur theory, and concluded by confessing that what really kept him coming...

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Mark Salisbury

Mark Salisbury is a contributing writer for Premiere maagzine. Among his other books are Behind the Mask: The Secrets of Hollywood's Monster Makers Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...After completing Vincent in 1982, Burton had begun work on another project based on a poem he had written, this time inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. Entitled The Nightmare Before Christmas, it told the story...

Rules of Descent and Laws of Inheritance: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Warren Buckland

Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the author of Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (2012), Directed by Steven Spielberg (2006), and The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Wes Anderson’s Symbolic Storyworld : A Semiotic Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Western conventions governing the inheritance of wealth were traditionally based on kinship rules of descent, on intergenerational relationships between parents and children. This chapter argues that the narrative of The Grand Budapest...

Dead Relatives and Intergenerational Relationships: Rushmore

Warren Buckland

Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the author of Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (2012), Directed by Steven Spielberg (2006), and The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Wes Anderson’s Symbolic Storyworld : A Semiotic Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Rushmore (1998) is structured by a series of binary oppositions and an intergenerational conflict between the main characters. The film consists of a large number of short scenes – it jumps to a new place, time and action frequently, which...

Introducing Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess: From Mononokehime to Princess Mononoke

Rayna Denison

Rayna Denison is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK, specializing in Japanese and Asian film and television cultures. Denison is the author of Anime: A Critical Introduction (2015), has co-edited the Eisner Award-nominated Superheroes on World Screens (2015) as well as publishing in a wide range of academic journals including Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Cultural Studies and Velvet Light Trap. Her research interests include anime, Japanese cinema, comic book movies and children’s film and television, especially animation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...When it came out in 1997, Hayao Miyazaki’s Mononokehime (Princess Mononoke) was a new kind of anime film. It broke long-standing Japanese box office records that had been set by Hollywood films, and in becoming a blockbuster-sized hit...