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Working Against Genre

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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Jeff Rush

Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alternative Scriptwriting : Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Focal Press, 2013

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... Working Against Genre B ecause genre provides a writer with a shorthand that audiences readily u nderstand, less time is needed to establish its characteristics. Just as char- acter stereotypes are useful to the writer, so, too...

Tending the Wounds of the Nation: Gender in Iranian War Cinema

Michelle Langford

Michelle Langford is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her research spans the cinemas of Iran and Germany. She is author of Allegorical Images: Tableau, Time and Gesture in the Cinema of Werner Schroeter (2006) and the editor of The Directory of World Cinema: Germany (2012, 2013). Her work on Iranian cinema has appeared in leading film studies journals including Camera Obscura, Screen and Screening the Past. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Allegory in Iranian Cinema : The Aesthetics of Poetry and Resistance

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Black screen, indistinct voices, the sound of laboured breathing. Cut to the image of a young man, Ismael (Bahram Radan), his body writhing uncontrollably, overtaken by a sudden violent seizure. An old woman, Gilaneh (Fatemeh Motamed-Arya),...

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (Yuki yukite shingun)

Jim Hillier

Jim Hillier, who died in 2014, was Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Reading, UK. He was a pioneer of film education in the UK. His publications include, as co-author, 100 Documentary Films and 100 Film Noirs in the BFI Screen Guides series (2008); American Independent Cinema (2001), The Film Studies Dictionary (2000) and Howard Hawks: American Artist (1996). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Documentary Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...Okuzaki Kenzo was a common soldier in the Japanese Army during World War II, stationed in New Guinea as the war ended. An anti-war campaigner, refusing to let Japanese silence about its role in World War II lie undisturbed, he denounced...

Introduction: History and Film in Parallel Orbits

Eleftheria Thanouli

Eleftheria Thanouli is Assistant Professor in Film Theory at the Film Department at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. She is the author of Post-Classical Cinema: An International Poetics of Film Narration (2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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History and Film : A Tale of Two Disciplines

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...For most historians films are first and foremost artifacts, human-made objects for particular human use much like the many other objects with which man fills his environment. The term “artifact” regularly featured in the first...

Parting the Iron Curtain: Michael Klinger’s attempt to make A Man and a Half

Andrew Spicer

Dr Andrew Spicer, Reader in Cultural History at the University of the West of England, UK, has published widely on British cinema, masculinity and film noir, including Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema (2001/03), Film Noir (2002), Sydney Box (2006), the Historical Dictionary of Film Noir (2010) and, as editor, European Film Noir (2007). He is currently co-editing the Companion to Film Noir (Wiley-Blackwell) and co-authoring The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980 (I.B. Tauris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shadow Cinema : The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Between 1967 and 1984, Michael Klinger attempted to make a war film A Man and a Half. It was to be an international production through which Klinger intended to establish himself as an important independent producer. Although the film...

“Damn You for Making Me Do This”

The War Body on Screen

Continuum, 2008

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...In the recent film Syriana (Gaghan 2005), star George Clooney, portraying CIA agent Bob Barnes, is subjected to a nasty scene of torture at the film’s midpoint. Hoping to penetrate Prince Nasir’s (Alexander Siddig) inner circle, he meets...

DreamWorks SKG and The Prince of Egypt (1998)

James Russell

James Russell is Principal Lecturer in Film Studies at De Montfort University, UK. His last book was The Historical Epic and Contemporary Hollywood (Bloomsbury, 2007). His short writing has appeared in Cinema Journal, the Journal of American Studies, the Guardian and numerous edited collections. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Historical Epic and Contemporary Hollywood : From Dances with Wolves to Gladiator

Continuum, 2007

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...In October 1994, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen called a press conference to announce the foundation of a new movie studio. The three founders labelled themselves a ‘dream team’ at the event, where Spielberg explained...

The First Draft of History: (Mis)Reporting the Bosnian War

Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has published widely on topics relating to television drama, cultural geopolitics and media images of mental distress. His previous books include Madness, Power and the Media (2009) and Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screening Bosnia : Geopolitics, Gender and Nationalism in Film and Television Images of the 1992–95 War

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In 2006, the US-based Museum of Television and Radio held events in New York and Los Angeles whose aim was to celebrate ‘the pioneering women of mass communications with conversations with several outspoken, innovative, and indomitable...
...“Where does he get those wonderful toys?”“I gotta get me one of those.”“Does it come in black?”The Hollywood adaptations of Batman promote a matrix of consumer desire, military fetish, and an ultimate reliance on force, not only feeding...

Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)

Barry Keith Grant

Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Canada. He is author of Film Genre (2007) and Voyages of Discovery (1992) and co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and 100 Documentary Films (2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Science Fiction Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2013

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...DIRECTOR George LucasPRODUCER Gary KurtzSCREENPLAY George LucasDIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Gilbert TaylorEDITOR Richard Chew, Paul Hirsch, Marcia LucasMUSIC John WilliamsPRODUCTION DESIGN John BarryMAIN CAST Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness, Harrison...