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World Cinema through Global Genres

  • ID: 2561466
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 450 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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World Cinema through Global Genres offers a new response to recent trends in internationalism that shape the increasingly global character of movies. Costanzo is able to render the complex forces of global filmmaking accessible to students; instead of tracing the long histories of cinema country by country, this innovative textbook uses engaging, recent films like Hero (China), Monsoon Wedding (India), and Central Station (Brazil) as entry points, linking them to comparable American and European films. The book s cluster–based organization allows students to acquire a progressively sharper understanding of core issues about genre, aesthetics, industry, culture, history, film theory, and representation that apply to all films around the world. 

Students are empowered to look through the lens of genre for reasons behind the similarities and differences among movies made at home and abroad. They come to understand how today s films are part of a dynamic world phenomenon, drawing on local traditions and foreign influences to meet the needs and desires of an increasingly multicultural, globally conscious audience. By studying the cultural flows and cross–currents shaping global genres, readers form a deeper appreciation not only of the films and their stories, but also of the people, societies, and beliefs behind these films.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

How to Use This Book xv

Introduction 1

UNIT I THE WARRIOR HERO 43

Chapter 1: The Warrior Hero 45

Deep Focus on Chinese Cinemas 79

Close–up: The Magnificent Seven 100

Close–up: Seven Samurai 106

Close–up: Sholay 113

Close–up: Way of the Dragon 118

UNIT II THE WEDDING FILM 125

Chapter 2: The Wedding Film 127

Deep Focus on Indian Cinemas 159

Close–up: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 181

Close–up: Monsoon Wedding 187

Close–up: The Wedding Banquet 192

Close–up: Wedding in Galilee 197

UNIT III THE HORROR FILM 203

Chapter 3: The Horror Film 205

Deep Focus on Japanese Cinemas 254

Close–up: Halloween 270

Close–up: Suspiria 276

Close–up: The Devil s Backbone 282

Close–up: Ring 287

UNIT IV THE ROAD MOVIE 293

Chapter 4: The Road Movie 295

Deep Focus on Latin American Cinemas 335

Close–up: Thelma & Louise 368

Close–up: La Strada 374

Close–up: Breathless 379

Close–up: The Motorcycle Diaries 386

Glossary 392

Index 406

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William Costanzo is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and Film at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, where he teaches courses in writing, literature, and film studies. Dr. Costanzo has previously published five books on film, writing, and computers, including Reading the Movies (1992), Great Films and How to Teach Them (2004) and The Writer s Eye (2008). He currently serves on the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Teaching Committee.

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