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Studying American Beauty

Author : Jeremy Points
ISBN : 1903663954
Genre : Performing Arts
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Studying American Beauty is a comprehensive guide to the stylish and spectacularly successful film debut of director Sam Mendes and Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball. Jeremy Points considers eve-rything students and teachers of Film and Media Studies are likely to be interested in: cinematography, narrative, genre, representation, realism, ideology, institutions and audiences. But not only is this the definitive study guide to American Beauty; it's also a perfect model for the exploration of films in general. The author offers an ideal template for examining a text, the way audiences make sense of it and the way industrial contexts affect not only the nature of the film but the way audiences respond. Whether new to Film Studies or an experienced teacher, Studying American Beauty offers a fresh look at the skills necessary for a successful analysis.
Category: Performing Arts

The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia

Author : Julie A. Willett
ISBN : 9780313359491
Genre : Business & Economics
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This is the first encyclopedia to focus exclusively on the many aspects of the American beauty industry, covering both its diverse origins and its global reach. * More than 100 entries cover many facets of the American beauty industry * Over 40 contributors provide a variety of perspectives * Some three dozen photographs capture various aspects of this pervasive industry * Includes a chronology and a selected bibliography
Category: Business & Economics

Studying Talk To Her

Author : Emily Hughes
ISBN : 9780993071720
Genre : Performing Arts
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Talk to Her (2002) is a hugely rich and interesting, but ambiguous, film which met with both popular success and critical acclaim. The film won the 2003 Oscar for best original screenplay and has been hailed by some critics as Pedro Almodóvar's masterpiece. But like most of Almodóvar's films, little is clear cut; the characters are complex and our affinity and empathy for them shifts throughout the film. In Studying Talk to Her, Emily Hughes provides an in-depth analysis of both the formal elements of the film (narrative, genre, auteur study) and the themes and issues that arise, including the social context of modern Spain and the old traditional iconography, the shifting attitudes towards gender, and, crucially, the uneasy, morally ambiguous depiction of rape and the spectator's reaction to it.
Category: Performing Arts

Studying Hot Fuzz

Author : Neil Archer
ISBN : 9780993238413
Genre : Performing Arts
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By the power of Greyskull! In their second big-screen collaboration after Shaun of the Dead (2004), with Hot Fuzz (2007) director and co-writer Edgar Wright and co-writer and star Simon Pegg took aim at the conventions of the Hollywood action movie, transplanting gratuitous slo-mo action sequences into the English village supermarket and local pub. In this first critical study of arguably the most influential British film-makers to emerge this century, Neil Archer considers to what extent a modestly funded film such as this can be considered ‘British’ at all, given its international success and distribution by an American studio, and how far that success depends upon what he calls its ‘cultural specificity’. He considers the film as a parody of the action movie genre, and discusses exactly how parody works – not just in relation to the conventions of the action film but also in the depiction of English space. Exactly what and who is Hot Fuzz poking fun at?
Category: Performing Arts

Studying Waltz With Bashir

Author : Giulia Miller
ISBN : 9781911325161
Genre : Performing Arts
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On its release in 2008, Ari Folman’s animated documentary Waltz with Bashir was heralded as a brilliant and original exploration of trauma, and trauma’s impact on memory and the recording of history. But it is surprising that although the film is seen through the eyes of one particular soldier, a viewpoint portrayed using highly experimental forms of animation, this has not prevented Waltz with Bashir from being regarded as both an ‘autobiographical’ and ‘honest’ account of the director’s own experiences in the 1982 Lebanon war. In fact, the film won several documentary awards, and even those critics focusing on the representation of trauma suggest that this trauma must be authentic. In this sense, it is the documentary form rather than the animation that has had the most influence upon critics. As Studying Waltz with Bashir will show, it is the tension between the two forms that makes the film so complex and interesting, allowing for multiple themes and discourses to coexist, including Israel’s role during the Lebanon War and the impact of trauma upon narrative, but also the representation of Holocaust memory and its role in the formation of Israeli identity. In addition to these themes that coexist by virtue of the film’s unusual animated documentary format, Waltz with Bashir can also be discussed in relation to a broad range of contexts; for example, the representation of war in film, the history of Israeli Holocaust cinema, and recent trends in experimental animation, such as Richard Linklater’s Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006), as well as Folman’s most recent live action/animation work The Congress (2013).
Category: Performing Arts

Studying Fight Club

Author : Mark Ramey
ISBN : 9781906733759
Genre : Performing Arts
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Fight Club is, on one level, pop-culture phenomena and on another, a deeply philosophical and satirical exploration of modern life. David Fincher’s 1999 film (and Chuck Palahniuk’s source novel) has had a huge impact on audiences worldwide leading to spoofs, homage, merchandising and numerous Internet fan sites. On initial release the film was met with wide hostility from critics who either failed to appreciate its satirical intent or believed the film failed to deliver on its satirical promise. Early in its DVD afterlife, however, a wider audience began to appreciate the film’s significance and radical message. Although attracted by the film’s playfulness and star wattage, however, many students struggle with its theoretical notions such as Capitalism, materialism, anarchy and so on. This is one film, which therefore merits a thoughtful and provocative analysis but also an accessible one, and Mark Ramey has provided just that.
Category: Performing Arts

American Studies Shifting Gears

Author : Birte Christ
ISBN : STANFORD:36105211725010
Genre : Education
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American Studies/Shifting Gears brings together contributions by younger scholars from Germany and by renowned colleagues from both sides of the Atlantic. Taking the debate about the "Futures of American Studies" as its point of departure, the volume addresses three larger issues that are crucial to the present and the future positioning of the field: first, the internationalization of the American Studies scholarly community and of scholarly exchange as well as the transnationalization of the field's objects of study; second, interdisciplinary collaborations and transdisciplinary approaches and research; and third, the politics and politicalness of American Studies. "American Studies/Shifting Gears" leads the reader expertly and creatively through what's at stake for the discipline. In its reflections and analyses, the volume slows down at times, then speeds up a little, halts and finds a resting-point, drives down slopes and up steep inclines, and, in the process, shifts gears.
Category: Education

Pure Beauty

Author : Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain
ISBN : 0816647909
Genre : Social Science
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With a low rate of immigration and a high rate of interracial marriage, Japanese Americans today compose the Asian ethnic group with the largest proportion of mixed-race members. Within Japanese American communities, increased participation by mixed-race members, along with concerns about overassimilation, has led to a search for cultural authenticity, giving new answers to the question, Who is Japanese American? In Pure Beauty, Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain tackles this question by studying a cultural institution: Japanese American community beauty pageants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Honolulu. King-O’Riain employs rich ethnographic fieldwork to discover how these pageants seek to maintain racial and ethnic purity amid shifting notions of cultural identity. She uses revealing in-depth interviews with candidates, queens, and community members, her experiences as a pageant committee member, and archival research—including Japanese and English newspapers, museum collections, private photo albums, and mementos—to establish both the importance and impossibility of racial purity. King-O’Riain examines racial eligibility rules and tests, which encompass not only ancestry but also residency, community service, and culture, and traces the history of pageants throughout the United States. Pure Beauty shows how racial and gendered meanings are enacted through the pageants, and reveals their impact on Japanese American men, women, and children. King-O’Riain concludes that the mixed-race challenge to racial understandings of Japanese Americanness does not necessarily mean an end to race as we know it and asserts that race is work—created and re-created in a social context. Ultimately, she determines that the concept of race, fragile though it may be, is still one of the categories by which Japanese Americans are judged. Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain is lecturer in sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Category: Social Science

Studying The Lord Of The Rings

Author : Anna Dawson
ISBN : PSU:000065788196
Genre : Performing Arts
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Unquestionably the cinematic phenomenon of the twenty-first century to date, Peter Jackson's trilogy was a project of enormous artistic vision and financial risk. It is also a rich text for those studying Film and Media, perhaps for the first time. Studying The Lord of the Rings is the first book to consider the films in these terms, looking in turn at each of the major concepts: their complex origins and narrative structure their generic patterns -- to which genre do the films belong? -- and thematic concerns issues of representation -- masculinity, femininity and race their industrial context -- from theatrical release to DVD extended editions film language -- fusing classical mise-en-scène with cutting-edge technological practice. The aim throughout is to highlight critical debates and key terms, to relate these to the texts and to explore their stylistic and cultural impact. Liberally illustrated with over 30 stills, Studying The Lord of the Rings also includes over 20 classroom worksheets for readers who want to put theory into practice, making this an essential introduction to Film and Media Studies.
Category: Performing Arts

Studying The Matrix

Author : Anna Dawson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131731114
Genre : Performing Arts
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"Anna Dawson feels that The Matrix is far more substantial than it first looks and her enthusiasm for the film is not only valuable but ultimately infectious."? TES 2003 saw the release of two sequels to the surprise 1999 hit, The Matrix, prompting producer Joel Silver to declare 2003 as 'the Year of The Matrix'. Certainly, interest in the film and its sequels has never been greater, and there can be no better time for using the original film for study in the classroom. Science fiction fans are absorbed in the revolutionary special effects and the convincingly depicted dystopia narrative; action movie buffs relish the conjunction of Hong Kong martial arts techniques with mainstream Hollywood aesthetics; and intellectuals immerse themselves in the film's explicit and deliberate evocation of Baudrillard and higher mathematics. Studying The Matrix considers the diverse influences behind the film?be it cinematic, philosophical, literary or comic book?together with its iconographic use of costumes, groundbreaking special effects and its stars, alongside its very particular industrial and ideological background, all in the context of the key concepts of media studies.
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Studying The Usual Suspects

Author : Judith Gunn
ISBN : PSU:000065788172
Genre : Performing Arts
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The story of The Usual Suspects has the kind of "rags to riches" back story that makes not only the film itself, but the tale of its creation a tale worth telling. Inspired by a magazine headline, it was a poster before it was a screenplay, yet it stands in opposition to the High Concept Hollywood movie. Studying The Usual Suspects is an analysis of a film that is both a ripping yarn and an exercise in virtuoso technique. Author Judith Gunn offers: a thorough introduction to semiotics as a way of approaching the multiple meanings of the film; a consideration of the film's noir antecedents and influences; a discussion of the film's playful approach to narrative; an overview of John Ottman's unique role as both composer and editor and how this affects the finished article, including a shot-by-shot analysis of the dramatic and mysterious opening sequence; and a definitive account of the film's genesis from idea to film festival acclaim.
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American Beauty

Author : Graham William John Beal
ISBN : UOM:39015055871217
Genre : Art
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American Beauty: Painting and Sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts 1770-1920 highlights works from one of the United States' most respected museum collections of American art. In his engaging essay, Graham W. J. Beale places the ninety-six works in historical context, relating them to contemporary social and artistic trends both at home and abroad. Beginning with the first truly home-grown talent John Singleton Copley in the eighteenth century to the social realism of John Sloan in the early twentieth, the volume presents an encyclopaedic view of American painting. Among the artists represented are: Thomas Cole, considered the father of American landscapes; Winslow Homer, chronicler of American life during and after the civil war; Thomas Eakins and John Singer Sargent; American impressionists Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam; and the tonalists George Inness and Thomas Wilmer Dewing. Sculpture from Hiram Powers' Greek Slave to Frederic Remington's The Mountaineer
Category: Art

An American Beauty

Author : Erin Yorke
ISBN : 0373286589
Genre : Fiction
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An American Beauty by Erin Yorke released on Sep 24, 1990 is available now for purchase.
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Studying British Cinema

Author : Eddie Dyja
ISBN : 1906733023
Genre : Performing Arts
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British cinema in the 1990s was a decade of contradictions. This book examines the fragile revival in British film fortunes by taking a detailed analysis of 20 films made during the 1990s.
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Learning To Walk In Beauty

Author : Annie Louise Booth
ISBN : WISC:89046714275
Genre : Bioregionalism
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Category: Bioregionalism

Studying Blade Runner

Author : Sean Redmond
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131725561
Genre : Performing Arts
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Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is now widely recognised as a masterwork of science fiction cinema, and one of the most influential of any films released in the last twenty-five years. In Studying Blade Runner, Sean Redmond uses the key concepts of Media and Film Studies?Film Language, Representation, Institutions and Audiences?to explore the many significances of the film: Its breakthrough use of special effects as a narrative tool; the film's revolutionary representation of the future city; its treatment of racial and sexual politics; iIts unique status as a text whose meaning was fundamentally altered in its re-released 'Director's Cut' form?and what this means in an institutional context.
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