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The new-brutality film : race and affect in contemporary Hollywood cinema

Gormley, Paul. (Author).

Summary: The 1990s saw the emergence of a new kind of American cinema, which this book calls the "new-brutality film." Violence and race have been at the heart of Hollywood cinema since its birth, but the new-brutality film was the first kind of popular American cinema to begin making this relationship explicit. The rise of this cinema coincided with the rebirth of a long-neglected strand of film theory, which seeks to unravel the complex relations of affect between the screen and the viewer. This book analyses and connects both of these developments, arguing that films like Falling Down, Reservoir Dogs, Se7en and Strange Days sought to reanimate the affective impact of white Hollywood cinema by miming the power of African-American and particularly hip-hop culture. The book uses several films as case-studies to chart these developments.

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  • OCLC: ocm68001512
  • ISBN: 9781280476990
  • ISBN: 1280476990
  • ISBN: 1841501190
  • ISBN: 9781841501192
  • ISBN: 9781841509266
  • ISBN: 1841509264
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (220 pages)
  • Publisher: Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, 2005.

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Note: Filmography: p. 203-206.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-202) and index.
Contents: Front Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter One -- Naïve Imitations: Falling Down, the Crisis of the Action-Image and Cynical Realism; Chapter Two -- Gangsters and Gangstas: Boyz N the Hood, and the Dangerous Black Body; Chapter Three -- Gangsters and Gangstas Part Two: Menace II Society and the Cinema of Rage1; Chapter Four -- Miming Blackness: Reservoir Dogs and 'American Africanism'; Chapter Five -- Trashing Whiteness: Pulp Fiction, Se7en, Strange Days and Articulating Affect; Conclusion; Bibliography; Filmography; Index
Subject: Violence in motion pictures
Race in motion pictures
Motion pictures -- United States -- History

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