Postmodern Hollywood: What's New in Film and Why It Makes Us Feel So Strange

By M. Keith Booker

Postmodernism is vital to American tradition this day. we will see its manifestations on billboards and on tv; we will listen its tone at the radio and in daily dialog; and we will even experience its outlook in how we are living our lives. This quantity provides an available and short precis of postmodernism, in particular because it relates to American cinema-one of the imperative gamers and top lighting within the improvement of this cultural perspective. 4 specified sections examine postmodernist fragmentation, musical use, and pastiches of prior tv exhibits and cinematic genres in such motion pictures as Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.

Discussions of the phenomenon of postmodernism have verified yes features which are common of postmodernist tradition. those features comprise formal fragmentation, an inclination towards a specific form of nostalgia, and using fabrics and kinds borrowed from past motion pictures and different cultural items. This quantity offers a quick precis of the features that experience regularly been linked to postmodernism, specially as they pertain to movie. It illustrates these features with discussions of a large choice of yankee movies of the earlier thirty years, noting how these motion pictures perform the phenomenon of postmodernism. Emphasis is on well known, advertisement motion pictures, instead of the extra esoteric, experimental items that experience occasionally been linked to postmodern film.

Booker's paintings comprises targeted discussions of a large choice of yankee films―including classics like Sullivan's Travels and The final photo Show, and up to date successes corresponding to Scream, average Born Killers, keepsake, Moulin Rouge, and Fight Club―noting how those motion pictures perform the phenomenon of postmodernism, and the way they've got helped to form its present form.

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