Action/Spectacle Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader (BFI Sight & Sound Reader S.)

Action/Spectacle Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader (BFI Sight & Sound Reader S.)

by JoseArroyo (Editor)


Often dismissed as 'High Concept' or 'popcorn', movies, this most popular of contemporary genres can and should, this book asserts, be taken seriously on its own terms. In doing so, questions of aesthetics are foregrounded and evaluative criteria are explored. This volume investigates relations between contemporary action cinema and television, cartoons, comics, special effects, and Theme Parks as well as the connection between related types of cinema such as neo-noir and the serial killer film. This first in a new series of Sight and Sound Readers includes case studies of such key figures as John Woo and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a wide range of articles that focus on some of the most successful films of the 90s ( Speed , Jurassic Park , Titanic ) and some of the most important directors (Cameron, Spielberg, Bigelow, Tarantino, Mann).


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Published: 01 May 2000

ISBN 10: 0851707572
ISBN 13: 9780851707570

Media Reviews
Funky and alive . . . subversive . . . a top read. -- Cinema Papers
Author Bio
Jose Arroyo is lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Warwick and has written on Spanish and Canadian Cinema. Contributors are drawn from the industry, academia and journalism and include Martin Barker, Manohla Dargis, Richard Dyer, Larry Gross, J. Hoberman, Nick James, B. Ruby Rich, Jonathan Romney, Yvonne Tasker, Amy Taubin and others.