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American independent cinema

Author: Geoff King
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The independent sector has produced many of the most distinctive films to have appeared in the U.S. in recent decades. From Stranger Than Paradise and sex, lies and videotape in the 1980s to The Blair Witch Project and New Queer Cinema in the 1990s and the latest ultra-low budget digital video features of the 2000s, indie films have thrived, creating a body of work that stands out from the dominant Hollywood  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoff King
ISBN: 0253347025 9780253347022 0253218268 9780253218261
OCLC Number: 61455170
Notes: Originally published: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2005.
Description: 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: How independent? --
Industry. --
Narrative. --
Form. --
Genre. --
Alternative visions: social, political and ideological dimensions of independent cinema. --
Coda: Merging with the mainstream, or staying indie?
Responsibility: Geoff King.
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"The independent sector has produced many of the most distinctive films to have appeared in the U.S. in recent decades. From Stranger Than Paradise and sex, lies and videotape in the 1980s to The Blair Witch Project and New Queer Cinema in the 1990s and the latest ultra-low budget digital video features of the 2000s, indie films have thrived, creating a body of work that stands out from the dominant Hollywood mainstream." "But what exactly is "independent" cinema? In American Independent Cinema, Geoff King argues that independence can be defined partly in industry terms but also according to formal/aesthetic strategies and by distinctive attitudes toward social and political issues, suggesting that independence is a dynamic rather than a fixed quality. Chapters focus on distribution and relationships with Hollywood studios, narrative and other formal dimensions, approaches to genre, and alternative sociopolitical visions. King also traces the history of the independent sector from the days of early cinema through the beginning of the 21st century. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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