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A Cinema of Loneliness: Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman #2020

A Cinema of Loneliness Penn Stone Kubrick Scorsese Spielberg Altman In this twentieth anniversary millennial edition Kolker continues and expands his inquiry into the cinematic representation of culture by updating and revising the chapters on the directors discussed

  • Title: A Cinema of Loneliness: Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman
  • Author: Robert Phillip Kolker
  • ISBN: 9780195123500
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Cinema of Loneliness: Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman By Robert Phillip Kolker, In this twentieth anniversary millennial edition, Kolker continues and expands his inquiry into the cinematic representation of culture by updating and revising the chapters on the directors discussed in the first edition Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, and Steven Spielberg to include their most important works since 1988, analyzing those films which hIn this twentieth anniversary millennial edition, Kolker continues and expands his inquiry into the cinematic representation of culture by updating and revising the chapters on the directors discussed in the first edition Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, and Steven Spielberg to include their most important works since 1988, analyzing those films which have made important advances in the directors careers and which have given cause for rethinking the films that preceded them Included is a profile of Arthur Penn s career followed by a new comparative study of Oliver Stone, who mirrors Penn s practice of drawing his films out of historical and ideological currents Placing the films of Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, and Altman in an ideological perspective, Kolker both illuminates their relationship to one another and to larger currents in our culture, and emphasizes the statements their films make about American society and culture This edition includes a new preface, a requiem for Stanley Kubrick, updated filmography, and 48 images from various films discussed through the text.

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    1. The title of this book is what grabbed me, but the penetrating essays on film form and the directors who subverted convention to create an open, inquisitive cinema are what held me There were many revelations For example, I d always experienced Stanley Kubrick as icy and inaccessible this book helped me see how he used that cold eye to document human loneliness in the face of progress through films such as 2001 For Kubrick, characters are less the psychologically motivated creations we are used [...]

    2. Very interesting read gets a little too film theory for my tastes, but I enjoyed it nonetheless Would love the author to make a companion to this about six contemporary filmmakers He kinda starts this book in the 4th edition of this one David Fincher, Todd Haynes, Ramin Bahrani, maybe throw Jeff Nicholls in there, David Gordon Green, Kathryn Bigelow, Wes Anderson, PT Anderson As the book is an exploration of the modernist legacies of Hitchcock, Welles, and Ford the modernists of the golden age [...]

    3. The sections on Stanley Kubrick are brilliant, especially A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and DR STRANGELOVE On the other hand, it s hard to take THE SHINING seriously, and Professor Kolker takes it very, very seriously indeed.The you read of Kosker s writing, the unpleasant his personality becomes It s a classic case of a dazed, embittered Sixties Survivor who wants to keep fighting all the old battles over and over, just like some old Kentucky colonel forever mourning the fall of the Confederacy I have n [...]

    4. Really insightful analysis of a few select directors whose work revitalized American film in the 60s and 70s.My copy is the 2nd edition, which is unfortunate in that it excludes any films post its 1985 publication date and the decision to replace a section on Coppola with one on Spielberg makes a lot less sense now than it must have then , but is also a great edition in that one of the blurbs featured on the back cover is a quote from Scorsese recommending it to people who have directed films wr [...]

    5. Everything about phallic symbols, patriarchy, and film as a tool of social change and collectivization is pretty silly, and Kolker tends to look at film a lot differently than I do, but he s one of the most readable academic film theorists, and his focus on form and content instead of plot mechanics and symbolism again, except for the phallic symbol stuff is welcome He s admittedly weak on analysis of acting and music, but he has some insightful things to say about each filmmaker s specific form [...]

    6. Seems like it was published in 1968 than 1980 Kolker is a very strong reader and some of his analyses are excellent, but the number of great films that he pans Clockwork Orange, Nashville and the convolution in some of his arguments is staggering.

    7. I confess I ve only read the Scorsese and Kubrick chapters But the Kubrick chapter is groundbreaking To prevent all of our ears bleeding, I wrote my thesis with many of Kolker s principles in mind If you want to know , contact me Really I could use any extra interpretations.

    8. I bought this book for a class I ended up not taking but I ve read sections of it over and over There s a great chapter on the weirdly fascist action movies that came out in the 80s the Scorcese chapter, especially the section on Taxi Driver, is excellent, as is the Kubrick analysis.

    9. A fantastic look at five of the most influential directors from the best period in Hollywood s history.

    10. i enjoy films i enjoy loneliness this book is a must read for anyone who wants to read about loneliness in some of the most intersting films of the past 30 or 40 years.

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