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Writing National Cinema by Jeffrey Middents

Title Writing National Cinema
Author Jeffrey Middents
Publisher UPNE
Release 2009-07-15
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 290
ISBN 1584658428
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A study of Peruvian Cinema and the role of criticism in forming a national cinematic vision

Spanish National Cinema by Núria Triana-Toribio

Title Spanish National Cinema
Author Núria Triana-Toribio
Publisher Routledge
Release 2012-11-12
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1135124876
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This study examines the discourses of nationalism as they intersected or clashed with Spanish film production from its inception to the present. While the book addresses the discourses around filmmakers such as Almodóvar and Medem, whose work has achieved international recognition, Spanish National Cinema is particularly novel in its treatment of a whole range of popular cinema rarely touched on in studies of Spanish cinema. Using accounts of films, popular film magazines and documents not readily available to an English-speaking audience, as well as case studies focusing on the key issues of each epoch, this volume illuminates the complex and changing relationship between cinema and Spanish national identity.

Title Australian National Cinema
Author Tom O'Regan
Publisher Routledge
Release 2005-08-10
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 416
ISBN 1134933495
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Tom O'Regan's book is the first of its kind on Australian post-war cinema. It takes as its starting point Bazin's question 'What is cinema?'and asks what the construct of a 'national' cinema means. It looks at the broader concept from a different angle, taking film beyond the confines of 'art' into the broader cultural world. O'Regan's analysis situates Australian cinema in its historical and cultural perspective producing a valuable insight into the issues that have been raised by film policy, the cinema market place and public discourse on film production strategies. Since 1970 Australian film has enjoyed a revival. This book contains detailed critiques of the key films of this period and uses them to illustrate the recent theories on the international and Australian cinema industries. Its conclusions on the nature of the nation's cinema and the discourses within it are relevant within a far wider context; film as a global phenomenon.

French National Cinema by Susan Hayward

Title French National Cinema
Author Susan Hayward
Publisher Routledge
Release 2006-09-07
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 360
ISBN 113493355X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This examination of France's national cinema takes its primary artefact, the feature film and discusses both popular cinema and the `avant garde' cinema that contests it. Susan Hayward argues that writing on French national cinema has tended to focus on either `great' film-makers or on specific movements, addressing moments of exception rather than the global picture. Her work offers a thorough and much-needed historical textualisation of those moments and relocates them them in their wider political and cultural context. Beginning with an `ecohistory' of the French film industry, she then traces the various movements in French cinema and the directors associated with them, including the avant-garde, Poetic-Realist, New Wave and today's postmodern cinema. Her analysis includes, amongst other considerations, the social and political concerns these cinemas reflect.

Theorising National Cinema by Valentina Vitali

Title Theorising National Cinema
Author Valentina Vitali
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2019-07-25
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 208
ISBN 1839020830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Why do we think of clusters of films as 'national cinema'? Why has the relationship between the nation and film become so widely and uncritically accepted? 'Theorising National Cinema' is a major contribution to work on national cinema, by many of the leading scholars in the field. It addresses the knotty and complex relationship between cinema and national identity, showing that the nationality of a cinema production company, and the films that its made, have not always been seen as pertinent. The volume begins by reviewing and rethinking the concept of national cinema in an age of globalisation, and it goes on to chart the parallel developments of national film industries and the idea of a nation state in countries as diverse as Japan, South Korea, Russia, France and Italy. The issues of a 'national cinema' for nation states of contested status, with disputed borders or displaced peoples, is discussed in relation to film-making in Taiwan, Ireland and Palestine. The contributors also consider the future of national cinema in an age of trans-national cultural flows, exploring issues of national identity and cinema in Latin America, Asia, the Middle-East, India, Africa and Europe. 'Theorising National Cinema' also includes a valuable bibliography of works on national cinema.

Canadian National Cinema by Chris Gittings

Title Canadian National Cinema
Author Chris Gittings
Publisher Routledge
Release 2012-10-02
Category Social Science
Total Pages 352
ISBN 1134764855
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Canadian National Cinema explores the idea of the nation across Canada's film history, from early films of colonisation and white settlement such as The Wheatfields of Canada and Back to God's Country, to recent films like Nô, LE Confessional Mon Oncle Antoine, Grey Fox, Highway 61, Kanehsatake, and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing.

Title Brazilian National Cinema
Author Lisa Shaw
Publisher Routledge
Release 2014-05-01
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1134702108
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Brazilian cinema is one of the most influential national cinemas in Latin America and this wide-ranging study traces the evolution of Brazilian film from the silent era to the present day, including detailed studies of more recent international box-office hits, such as Central Station (1998) and City of God (2002). Brazilian National Cinema gives due importance to traditionally overlooked aspects of Brazilian cinema, such as popular genres, ranging from musical comedies (the chanchada) to soft-core porn films (the pornochanchada) and horror films, and also provides a fresh approach to the internationally acclaimed avant-garde Cinema Novo of the 1960s. Lisa Shaw and Stephanie Dennison apply recent theories on stardom, particularly relating to issues of ethnicity, race and gender, to both well-known Brazilian performers, such as Carmen Miranda and Sonia Braga, and lesser known domestic icons, such as the Afro-Brazilian comic actor, Grande Otelo (Big Othello), and the uberblonde children’s TV and film star, and media mogul, Xuxa. This timely addition to the National Cinemas series provides a comprehensive overview of the relationship between Brazilian cinema and issues of national and cultural identity.

Asian Cinemas by Dimitris Eleftheriotis

Title Asian Cinemas
Author Dimitris Eleftheriotis
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Release 2006-03-31
Category Social Science
Total Pages 488
ISBN 9780824830854
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Asian cinema is an area of increasing interest in Anglo-US film studies while Asian films are now widely distributed and popular with western audiences. The fascination with Asian cinema must be examined in the context of a complex and often problematic relationship between western scholars, students, viewers and Asian films. This book, therefore, examines a number of detailed case studies (such as the films of Ozu, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong and Turkish cinema, Hindi melodramas, Godzilla films, Taiwanese directors and Fifth Generation Chinese cinema) and uses them in order to investigate the limitations of Anglo-US theoretical models and critical paradigms. By engaging the readers with familiar areas of critical discourse (such as postcolonial criticism, 'national cinema', 'genre', 'authorship' and 'stardom') the book aims to introduce within such contexts the 'unfamiliar' case studies which will be explored in depth and detail. The advantage of such an approach is that it works with the dynamics of familiarity/unfamiliarity and resists the temptation to construct Asian cinemas as a gallery of exotic objects that might be particularly fascinating but remain deeply distant and foreign. Book jacket.

German National Cinema by Sabine Hake

Title German National Cinema
Author Sabine Hake
Publisher Routledge
Release 2013-01-11
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1136020543
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

German National Cinema is the first comprehensive history of German film from its origins to the present. In this new edition, Sabine Hake discusses film-making in economic, political, social, and cultural terms, and considers the contribution of Germany's most popular films to changing definitions of genre, authorship, and film form. The book traces the central role of cinema in the nation’s turbulent history from the Wilhelmine Empire to the Berlin Republic, with special attention paid to the competing demands of film as art, entertainment, and propaganda. Hake also explores the centrality of genre films and the star system to the development of a filmic imaginary. This fully revised and updated new edition will be required reading for everyone interested in German film and the history of modern Germany.

Title Cinema Space and Polylocality in a Globalizing China
Author Yingjin Zhang
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Release 2009-10-09
Category Political Science
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0824833376
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Proposes 'polylocality' as a conceptual framework for investigating the shifting spaces of contemporary Chinese cinema in the age of globalization. Questioning the national cinema paradigm, this book calls for comparative studies of underdeveloped areas beyond the imperative of transnationalism.