SECOND TAKES—REMAKING FILM, REMAKING AMERICA
Second Takes—Remaking Film, Remaking America presents the history of English language cinema by focusing on cinematic remakes and on how cinema has been replaced by new forms of “media.” Remakes, with their innate plurality, offer the most substance for concentrated cultural analysis of how movies reflect and shape American culture. Applying psychoanalysis, media and communication theory, and gender and sexuality studies to the archetypes and myths that recur in American culture reveals how movies are an increasingly dangerous surrogate for the actual. In our post-literate epoch, fantasy becomes the greater truth, violence a meaningful language, and the individual is removed from self by an increasingly constricting visual culture.
This book presents close readings of such popular favorites as Disney’s The Parent Trap, Hitchcock’s Psycho, Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons, Sirk’s Imitation of Life, Ulmer’s The Black Cat, Powell’s Peeping Tom, Cronenberg’s Crash, Wellman’s The Public Enemy, Boorman’s Point Blank, and Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant, while unearthing obscure motion pictures ripe for rediscovery including One More Tomorrow, Strange Illusion, Andy Warhol’s Vinyl, Fassbinder’s Despair, Forced Entry, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation and Welles’ The Immortal Story.
McFarland and Co Publishers | Publication Date: November 30, 2013
ISBN-10: 078647761X | ISBN-13: 978-0786477616
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A WORLD DESTROYED BY GOLD: SHARED ALLEGORIES OF CAPITAL IN WAGNER’S RING AND ULMER’S ISLE OF FORGOTTEN SINS
In his 1943 movie Isle of Forgotten Sins, director Edgar G. Ulmer, along with composer-conductor Leo Erdody, shape a dreamy south seas adventure into a meditation on universal philosophical themes developed in Richard Wagner’s four part music drama Der Ring Des Nibelungen. Ulmer expresses these concerns with liberal quotations of Wagnerian leitmotifs woven into the movie’s almost constant underscoring. In A World Destroyed By Gold, McElhinney contextualizes Ulmer in a line of theatrical geniuses beginning with Buchner, and continuing with Brecht, while exploring Wagner-Ulmer’s shared allegories of modern capital (i.e. gold), where wealth can only be achieved by love/nature’s renunciation.
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TALES OF ‘CERTAINTY’: COLLECTED WRITINGS OF ANDREW REPASKY McELHINNEY, 1989-1999
—A champagne bottle recites her life story in “Bubbles.”
—A medieval child of the streets etches the Queen in “The Beggar’s Picture.”
—A parent sadistically interrogates his child in “Her Father’s Expectancy.”
—A young woman is caught between two worlds in “A Maggot Tango: A Shot List”
—A famous writer, not unlike Marguerite Duras, reaches out to an old flame in “The Telephone Call.”
—The moribund Elliot family is haunted by a killer in “A Chronicle of Corpses: A Screenplay”
—Katie and her father don’t learn a lesson while doing “Homework.”Memorable, uncanny, eerie, pithy — these works and twenty-nine others are collected in single volume edited with an introduction by Amanda McClain.