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Postmodern Hollywood: Whats New in Film and Why It Makes Us Feel So Strange M. Booker

Postmodern Hollywood: Whats New in Film and Why It Makes Us Feel So Strange

M. Booker

Published July 30th 2007
ISBN : 9780275999018
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241 pages
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Discussions of the phenomenon of postmodernism have established certain characteristics that are typical of postmodernist culture. These characteristics include formal fragmentation, a tendency toward a particular kind of nostalgia, and the use ofMoreDiscussions of the phenomenon of postmodernism have established certain characteristics that are typical of postmodernist culture. These characteristics include formal fragmentation, a tendency toward a particular kind of nostalgia, and the use of materials and styles borrowed from previous films and other cultural products. This volume presents a brief summary of the characteristics that have typically been associated with postmodernism, especially as they pertain to film. It illustrates those characteristics with discussions of a wide variety of American films of the past thirty years, noting how those films participate in the phenomenon of postmodernism. Emphasis is on popular, commercial films, rather than the more esoteric, experimental products that have sometimes been associated with postmodern film.Bookers work contains detailed discussions of a wide variety of American films -- including classics like Sullivans Travels and The Last Picture Show, and recent successes such as Scream, Natural Born Killers, Memento, Moulin Rouge, and Fight Club -- noting how these films participate in the phenomenon of postmodernism, and how they have helped to shape its current form.