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Movie greats : a critical study of classic cinema

Movie greats : a critical study of classic cinema

Author: Philip Gillett
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English edView all editions and formats
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'Movie Greats' questions how cinema is ranked & uncovers a history of critical conflict, with different aesthetic positions battling for dominance. Each chapter opens with a brief summary of the film's plot & goes on to discuss the historical context, the key individuals who made the film, & initial & subsequent popular & critical responses.
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Genre/Form: Motion pictures
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Gillett
ISBN: 9781845206529 1845206525 9781845206536 1845206533
OCLC Number: 221168020
Description: ix, 228 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: So who says it's great? --
The celluloid canon --
The battleship Potemkin (USSR, 1925): the politics of the cinema --
The 39 steps (GB, 1935): romance on the run --
Modern times (US, 1936): a tramp for all seasons --
Citizen Kane (US, 1941): the tragedy of ambition --
It's a wonderful life (US, 1946): seeking the American hero --
Black narcissus (GB, 1947): nuns in exotic places --
The night of the hunter (US, 1955): return of the big bad wolf --
Lawrence of Arabia (GB, 1962): an Englishman in the sun --
8 1/2 (Italy/France, 1963): the director as superstar --
2001: a space odyssey (GB/US, 1968): the long voyage to destiny --
The godfather (US, 1972): keeping it in the family --
Raging bull (US, 1980): the drama of the fight --
The piano (Australia/NZ/France, 1993): love in a rough place --
Kill Bill: volume 1 (US, 2003): violence as art --
The tarnish of the tinsel: great films reconsidered.
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