The End of Cinema as We Know it : American Film in the Nineties
Films can now be consumed in a wide variety of ways - in high-tech cinemas and multiplexes, on high-resolution widescreen TVs, on computer terminals and laptops. But with these new ways, are we necessarily getting different, better movies? Examining key films and film-makers, the corporate players and industry trends, film styles and audio-visual technologies, the contributors to this book spell out the end of American cinema in terms of irony, cynicism and exhaustion, religious fundamentalism and fanaticism, and the decline of film culture. A variety of key topics are examined, from film censorship and preservation to the changing structure and status of American independent cinema, from the continued importance of celebrity and stardom to the sudden importance of alternative video. Many of the contributors explore in detail the pictures that captured the attention of the 90s film audience, such as "Jurassic Park", "The Matrix", "Independence Day", and "Kids".
- Hardback | 424 pages
- 150 x 230mm
- 11 Jan 2002
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- 38 b&w photographs
About Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is Professor of English at Oregon State University. He is the author of several books on film studies including Hollywood v. Hardcore: How the Struggle Over Censorship Created the Modern Film Industry (2000).
Table of contents
Paul Arthur; Wheeler Winston Dixon; Thomas Doherty; Thomas Elsaesser; Krin Gabbard; Henry Giroux; Heather Hendershot; Jan-Christopher Hook; Alexandra Juhasz; Charles Keil; Chuck Klienhans; Jon Lewis; Eric S. Mallin; Laura U. Marks; Kathleen McHugh; Pat Mellencamp; Jerry Mosher; Hamid Naficy; Chon Noriega; Dana Polan; Murray Pomerance; Hillary Radner; Ralph E. Rodriguez; R.L. Rutsky; James Schamus; Christopher Sharrett; David Shumway; Robert Sklar; Murray Smith; Marita Sturken; Imre Szeman; Frank P. Tomasulo; Maureen Turim; Justin Wyatt; Elizabeth Young.