Author: Federico Di Chio
Illusione è vedere un mondo al posto delle semplici immagini sullo schermo: sentirsi dentro di esso, partecipare a ciò che vi accade, condividere prospettive ed emozioni con i soggetti che vi abitano, in una condizione intermedia tra abbandono e presenza di sé, adesione e consapevolezza. Illusione è vivere un’esperienza, dunque: vicaria, proiettiva, immaginaria; e tuttavia reale, diretta, personale, al punto che da essa traiamo non solo piacere, ma anche risorse simboliche importanti per la costruzione della nostra identità. Da oltre ottant’anni questa esperienza è il cuore dello spettacolo moderno: attraversando gran parte della produzione cinematografica e televisiva, essa si è progressivamente rinnovata nelle forme, adattandosi allo spirito dei tempi; ma ha conservato la propria natura e ha mantenuto un’assoluta centralità nelle pratiche della produzione culturale e nelle diete mediali degli spettatori. Il volume, seguendo l’evoluzione dell’illusione dal cinema classico americano fino alle serie tv contemporanee, analizza le strategie testuali e le forme di fruizione che la caratterizzano, con le persistenze, ma anche le più significative mutazioni. Inoltre, si interroga sul ruolo che l’illusione può avere oggi, a fronte delle trasformazioni apportate dalle tecnologie e dai media digitali e, più in generale, in ragione dei cambiamenti culturali introdotti dalla mentalità postmoderna. Il percorso, che si snoda tra riflessione teorica, analisi di testi ed esperienza professionale, è arricchito da preziosi contributi di Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gabriele Muccino, Ferzan Ozpetek, Ettore Scola e Giuseppe Tornatore.
Why are some contemporary television shows so compelling? Looking at shows as diverse as "Ally McBeal", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Star Trek" it examines the particular qualities necessary for success and how they relate to issues such as the economics of network scheduling.
Why We Love Sociopaths
Author: Adam Kotsko
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Sociopaths are pervasive in contemporary television, from high-brow drama all the way down to cartoons -- and of course the news as well. From the scheming Eric Cartman of South Parkto the seductive imposter Don Draper of Mad Men, cold and ruthless characters captivate us, making us wish that we could be so effective and successful. Yet why should we admire characters who get ahead by being amoral and uncaring? In his follow-up to Awkwardness, Adam Kotsko argues that the popularity of the ruthless sociopath reflects our dissatisfaction with a failed social contract, showing that we believe that the world rewards the evil and uncaring rather than the good. By analyzing characters like the serial killer star of Dexter and the cynical Dr. House, Kotsko shows that the fantasy of the sociopath distracts us from our real problems -- but that we still might benefit from being a little more sociopathic.
Author: George Frederick Custen
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Enhanced by charts, appendixes, notes, and references to approximately 300 movies from 1927 to 1960 (with additional material on the biopics' absorption by contemporary television), this volume analyzes biographical film production, distribution, and exhibition under the constraints of censorship, libel law, producer proclivities, and casting. Custen (communications, CUNY) explains why biographies of entertainers proliferated after World War II, how studio moguls fostered biographical narratives similar to their own rags-to-riches stories, and to what extent research departments affected veracity. A good addition to a scant literature that includes Michael Pitts's Hollywood and American History (McFarland & Co., 1984) and George MacDonald Fraser's The Hollywood History of the World ( LJ 9/15/88). Essential for comprehensive film collections. Movie Entertainment Book Club selection. "Helps us to understand how Hollywood films shaped public consciousness about the past by constructing a very specific, ideologically charged version of that past. . . . A fresh and important contribution to film history and cultural studies."--Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College Bio/Pics is the first comprehensive study of a once important film genre, the biographical film. Using previously unavailable archival materials from Twentieth Century-Fox, Warner Bros., MGM, and RKO studios, as well as censorship files from the Production Code Administration, George Custen argues that, through these films, Hollywood manufactured a nearly monochromatic view of history that was systematically distorted in regard to race, gender, nationality, and profession.Utilizing a carefully selected sample of over 100 films produced during the Studio Era (1927-1960), Custen maintains that the biopic constructed a Hollywood code of history out of a tightly controlled reference system, glamorizing the producers' own personal visions of what constituted a great life. Custen's examination of production practices reveals that the machinery of public history operating through these films was fueled by difference sources. His analysis of the roles played by star personae, legal considerations, censorship practices, and the producers' own ideologies brings the world of biopic alive, even into the age of the made-for-TV movie.
Archives in Human Pain
Author: Alice Cati, Vicente Sanchez-Biosca
Author: Peter Carey
The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation. Installing himself within the household of the genteel grocer Percy Buckle, Maggs soon attracts the attention of a cross section of London society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. The writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. But Maggs is obsessed with a plan of his own. And as all the various schemes converge, Maggs rises into the center, a dark looming figure, at once frightening, mysterious, and compelling. Not since Caleb Carr's The Alienist have the shadowy city streets of the nineteenth century lit up with such mystery and romance. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Adriano D'Aloia, Ruggero Eugeni
Neurofilmology. audiovisual Studies and the challenge of Neuroscience Adriano d'Aloia and ruggero Eugeni, Neurofilmology: An Introduction Temenuga Trifonova, Neuroaesthetics and Neurocinematics: Reading the Brain/Film through the Film/Brain Maria Poulaki, Neurocinematics and the Discourse of Control: Towards a Critical Neurofilmology Patricia Pisters, Dexter's Plastic Brain: Mentalizing and Mirroring in Cinematic Empathy Enrico Carocci, First-Person Emotions: Affective Neuroscience and the Spectator's Self Maarten Coegnarts and Peter kravanja, The Sensory-Motor Grounding of Abstract Concepts in Two Films by Stanley Kubrick Pia Tikka and Mauri kaipainen, Phenomenological Considerations on Time Consciousness under Neurocinematic Search Light vittorio Gallese and Michele Guerra, The Feeling of Motion: Ca-mera Movements and Motor Cognition New Studies olivier Asselin, Cinema d'exposition 2.0: Mixed-Reality Games in and around the Museum livia Giunti, L'analyse du film a l'ere numerique. Annotation, geste analytique et lecture active Christian Gosvig olesen, Panoramic Visions of the Archive in EYE's Panorama: A Case Study in Digital Film Historiography francesco Pitassio, Distant Voices, Still Cinema? Around the Movies projects & abstracts reviews / comptes-rendus
A phenomenal account, newly updated, of how twelve innovative television dramas transformed the medium and the culture at large, featuring Sepinwall’s take on the finales of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen over the past fifteen years. Focusing on twelve innovative television dramas that changed the medium and the culture at large forever, including The Sopranos, Oz, The Wire, Deadwood, The Shield, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, Sepinwall weaves his trademark incisive criticism with highly entertaining reporting about the real-life characters and conflicts behind the scenes. Drawing on interviews with writers David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and Vince Gilligan, among others, along with the network executives responsible for green-lighting these groundbreaking shows, The Revolution Was Televised is the story of a new golden age in TV, one that’s as rich with drama and thrills as the very shows themselves.
This is an Egyptian edition of one of the most internationally celebrated works of fiction, Hemingway’s The old Man and the Sea. A Pulitzer-award and - Noble-prize winner, this work has cer- tainly become so extensively known all over the world, receiving a myriad of critical studies and translations. Hemingway himself could have never imagined such a sweeping success for his novel- la, devised while temporarily staying (for a few weeks) at a fishing village in Cuba. It is not simply the story of a big fish catch, but it is the story of a touching human relationship between old age and younghood, not to mention its highly philosophical message that it carries. All this, apart from other equally significant factors, makes Hemingway’s work worth reading and contemplating.
Author: Janet Wasko
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Since the 1930s the Walt Disney Company has produced characters, images, and stories which have captivated audiences around the world. How can we understand the appeal of Disney products? What is it about the Disney phenomenon that attracts so many children as well as adults? In this major new book, Janet Wasko examines the processes by which the Disney company - one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world - manufactures the fantasies which enthrall millions. She analyses the historical expansion of the Disney empire, examines the content of Disney's classic films, cartoons and TV programs and shows how they are produced, considering how some of the same techniques have been applied to the Disney theme parks. She also discusses the reception of Disney products by different kinds of audiences. By looking at the Disney phenomenon from a variety of perspectives, she provides a fresh and comprehensive account of one of the most significant media and cultural institutions of our time. This important book by a leading scholar of the entertainment industries will be of great interest to students in media and cultural studies and will appeal to a wide readership.
The young, middle-class Jewish narrator recounts his relationship with the Finzi-Continis, an insular, upper-class Jewish family, in Ferrara on the eve of World War II and the family's blindness to impending destruction. 10,000 first printing.
Show Sold Separately
Author: Jonathan Gray
Publisher: NYU Press
It is virtually impossible to watch a movie or TV show without preconceived notions because of the hype that precedes them, while a host of media extensions guarantees them a life long past their air dates. An onslaught of information from print media, trailers, internet discussion, merchandising, podcasts, and guerilla marketing, we generally know something about upcoming movies and TV shows well before they are even released or aired. The extras, or “paratexts,” that surround viewing experiences are far from peripheral, shaping our understanding of them and informing our decisions about what to watch or not watch and even how to watch before we even sit down for a show. Show Sold Separately gives critical attention to this ubiquitous but often overlooked phenomenon, examining paratexts like DVD bonus materials for The Lord of the Rings, spoilers for Lost, the opening credits of The Simpsons, Star Wars actions figures, press reviews for Friday Night Lights, the framing of Batman Begins, the videogame of The Thing, and the trailers for The Sweet Hereafter. Plucking these extra materials from the wings and giving them the spotlight they deserve, Jonathan Gray examines the world of film and television that exists before and after the show.
Horace in English
Author: Horace, D. S. Carne-Ross, Kenneth Haynes
Publisher: Penguin Group USA