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The American cinema of excess : extremes of the national mind on film

Author: Mike King
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2009.
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"This book draws conclusions about the American mind through analysis of "cinema of excess": films about Americans that include culturally transgressive material, including violence, graphic sexuality, apocalyptic themes, and paranoia. The work begins with an introduction to far left and far right schools of film criticism, including Marxism, cultural conservatism, and religious conservatism, discussing the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike King
ISBN: 9780786439881 0786439882
OCLC Number: 257557400
Description: ix, 261 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The Hebraic and Hellenic sources --
The American madness on film --
Paranoia and conspiracy theories --
Dr. Strangelove --
The x-files --
Conspiracy theory and JFK --
The citizen and paranoia --
The conversation and Enemy of the state --
Aggression and serial killers --
Rambo: first blood --
Silence of the lambs --
Copycat, Seven, Natural born killers, and American psycho --
Oedipal/Freudian --
The devil's advocate --
The hulk --
Star wars and Affliction --
Sexual obsession --
American beauty --
Happiness --
American psycho, Blue velvet, and Basic instinct --
The apocalypse and armageddon --
The rapture --
The passion of the Christ --
The Left behind trilogy --
Apocalypse now --
The birds --
The terminator and End of days --
The apocalypse and critical distance --
Native Americans and cultural genocide --
Little big man --
Dead man --
Natural born killers and U-turn --
Thunderheart --
Broken arrow, the outlaw Josey Wales, and Dances with wolves --
The new age and narcissism --
I heart Huckabees --
Waking life --
What the bleep and Indigo --
Zelig and the narcissism of the other-directed person --
Nihilism, alienation, and self-destruction --
Zabriskie point --
Fight club --
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas --
Taxi driver and Crimes and misdemeanors --
The conversation and American psycho --
The intellect and cultural autism --
A beautiful mind --
Artificial intelligence: A.I. --
In the cut and Rain man --
Virtual reality and saccharine fantasies --
The matrix trilogy --
The Truman show --
Lawnmower man --
Pleasantville --
Neo and the "me generation" --
The unique strengths of the American mind --
Filmic journeys into sanity --
One flew over the cuckoo's nest --
The fisher king --
Groundhog day, The apostle, and Vanilla sky --
21 grams and Snow cake.
Responsibility: Mike King.

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Draws conclusions about the American mind through analysis of what might be called 'cinema of excess'. This book includes culturally transgressive material, including violence, graphic sexuality,  Read more...

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