The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

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The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom, by Deborah Allison, examines eight films by the contemporary British director Michael Winterbottom. This study explores the ways his inflection of established genre traditions partake in a personal, idiosyncratic style of film-making. Across a career encompassing both mainstream and art house cinema, the potency and integrity of his authorship unites films as generically diverse as the road film Butterfly Kiss, western drama The Claim, science fiction movie Code 46, and docudrama The Road to more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 148 x 226 x 22mm | 381.02g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0739125842
  • 9780739125847
  • 2,185,303

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Deborah Allison has grasped [Winterbottom's] distinctive modus operandi, which no other filmmaker would dare imitate, or could afford to. Her tour of Winterbottom's glorious ups and occasional downs, a mid-career assessment, confirms Winterbottom's place as the most versatile and prolific director of his generation. The reader can decide whether Winterbottom's determination to take on so many varied challenges is courageous or crazy, or both. -- David D'Arcy, Screen International Michael Winterbottom is terrifically prolific and diverse in his cinematic output. It is difficult to write about someone who is still producing work, and Allison makes no claim to offer definitive statements. It remains to follow Winterbottom's career in the years ahead, and the growth of critical analysis of his work, to which The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom makes a sterling contribution. Screening The Past The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom is... traditional in terms of methodology, but... eloquent and explicit on the question of value. Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studiesshow more

About Deborah Allison

Deborah Allison is a London-based cinema programmer. She holds a doctorate in film studies from the University of East Anglia, and her writing has appeared in more than a dozen books and journals, including Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, Senses of Cinema, Screen, Scope and The Schirmer Encyclopedia of more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One. Butterfly Kiss: The Road Movie Chapter Two. Jude: The Heritage Film Chapter Three. Welcome to Sarajevo: War Cinema Chapter Four. Wonderland: Social Realist Drama Chapter Five. The Claim: The Western Chapter Six. Code 46: Science Fiction Chapter Seven. The Road to Guantanamo: Docudrama Chapter Eight. The Killer Inside Me: Neo-Noir Conclusion Filmographyshow more

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