World Directors and Their Films: Essays on African, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern Cinema

World Directors and Their Films: Essays on African, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern Cinema

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By (author) Bert Cardullo

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  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • Format: Hardback | 354 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 28mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 9 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0810885247
  • ISBN 13: 9780810885240
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 37 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 932,902

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Few recent books on world cinema examine films and the careers of international film artists in survey form. At a time when film scholarship has become entangled in pedantic discourse, Bert Cardullo analyzes some of the most important films and the artists who produced them. Beyond simple biographical capsules and plot summaries, these readings demonstrate with clarity and elegance how international moviemakers use the resources of the medium to pursue complex, significant human goals. In World Directors and Their Films: Essays on African, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern Cinema, Cardullo offers fresh perspectives on some of the established greats-including Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story), Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai), and Satyajit Ray (The Stranger)-as well as insights into vital work by such contemporary filmmakers as Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows), Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!) , Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou), Chen Kaige (Farewell, My Concubine), Abbas Kiarostami (A Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us), Majid Majidi (The Children of Heaven, The Color of Paradise), Siddiq Barmak (Osama), Ousmane Sembene (Moolaade), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Abouna), Maria Novaro (Danzon), Hector Babenco (Carandiru), and Andrucha Waddington (Me, You, Them). Including essays on filmmakers from China, Japan, India, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Senegal, and Chad, World Directors and Their Films is an engaging and enlightening collection. Along with its companion volume, European Directors and Their Films, this book will appeal to the general reader as well as scholars of international cinema.

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Bert Cardullo is professor of Media and Communication at the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. He is the author, editor, or translator of a number of books on film and drama, including World Directors in Dialogue: Conversations on Cinema (Scarecrow, 2011).

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Cardullo has written several books and journal articles on film and drama and his knowledge and love of the industry show through in these volumes. These titles would be valuable additions to any large university's film studies collection. American Reference Books Annual

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION Part I. Japanese Authors "A Passage to Tokyo: The Art of Ozu, Remembered" "Given Circumstances: The East Asian Cinema of Akira Kurosawa" "Lost in Transition: Yoji Yamada's The Twilight Samurai" "Without a Prayer: Vengeance Is Mine and the Cinema of Shohei Imamura" "Life and Nothing But: On Hirokazu Kore-eda's Maborosi and Nobody Knows" "Reality Bites: Jun Ichikawa's Tony Takitani" Part II. Other Asian Auteurs "Ethics and Aesthetics, Eastern or Western: The Directing Career of Satyajit Ray" "Same Time, Different Children: Mrinal Sen's The Case Is Closed and Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay!" "Love without Pity, Passion with Pathos: Two Films by Zhang Yimou" "The Uses of History: On Chen Kaige's Farewell, My Concubine" "South Korea and the Cinema: The Cases of Kim Ki-duk and Hong Sang-Soo" "The Space of Time, the Sound of Silence: Tsai Ming-liang's What Time Is It There?" Part III. Iranian and Middle-Eastern Innovators "Blood and Cherries, Wind and Dust: Abbas Kiarostami and the Cinema of Iran" "Angels beyond America: Majid Majidi's The Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise" "Women and Children First: The Cinema of Jafar Panahi" "An Afghan Is a Woman: Siddiq Barmak's Osama and Other Afghan-Iranian Films" "Mirror Images, or Children of Crisis: Samira Makhmalbaf's The Apple and Bahman Ghobadi's Turtles Can Fly" "Of Human Bondage and Male Indulgence: Amos Gitai's Kadosh, Savi Gabizon's Nina's Tragedies, and Ziad Doueiri's West Beirut" Part IV. African Art "Women and Fathers, or Osmane Sembene's Moolaade and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's Abouna" "Rite of Passage, Law of the Jungle: Idrissa Ouedraogo's Yaaba and Tilai" "Africa through European Eyes: Clair Denis's Chocolat and Frieder Schlaich's Otomo" Part V. Latin American Art(ist)s "The Prison-House of Sexuality: Tomas Gutierrez Alea's Strawberry and Chocolate, Hector Babenco's Carandiru, and Carlos Reygadas's Battle in Heaven" "All about My, Your, Their Mother: Maria Novaro's Danzon and Andrucha Waddington's Me, You, Them in Light of the Cinema of Pedro Almodovar" "Latino Art through European Eyes, or against the American Evil Eye: Barbet Schroeder's Our Lady of the Assassins and Miguel Littin's Alsino and the Condor" FILMOGRAPHIES BIBLIOGRAPHIES INDEX