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Cindy Sherman's Office killer : another kind of monster

Author: Dahlia Schweitzer
Publisher: Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, 2014.
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"One of the twentieth century's most significant artists, Cindy Sherman has quietly uprooted conventional understandings of portraiture and art, questioning everything from identity to feminism. Critics around the world have taken Sherman's photographs and extensively examined what lies underneath. However, little critical ink has been spilled on Sherman's only film, Office Killer, a piece that plays a significant  Read more...
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Named Person: Cindy Sherman; Cindy / 1954- / gnd Sherman; Cindy Sherman; Cindy Sherman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dahlia Schweitzer
ISBN: 9781841507071 1841507075
OCLC Number: 875151727
Description: vi, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Another kind of introduction. Why Office killer deserves your attention (and how it first grabbed mine) --
Character reference guide --
Office killer plot synopsis --
pt. II. Another kind of art. Conception : in art we trust --
Direction : Sherman's march --
Production : the big picture --
pt. III. Another kind of entertainment. How to look at Office killer (and what I missed the first time) --
pt. IV. Another kind of commentary. Considerations : cast, costumes, and characters --
Conversations : noir, horror, and comedy --
Considerations : disease, technology, and the workplace --
Comparisons : Working girl, Basic instinct, and What ever happened to Baby Jane? --
pt. V. Another kind of conclusion. How Office killer was absolutely right about everything (yet still managed to fail so miserably) --
Study guides. Office killers : character crib notes --
Textual insanity : relationships to other movies --
Horrific experiences : interviews with Christine Vachon, James Schamus, Todd Thomas, and Tom Kalin --
Film credits and cast list.
Responsibility: Dahlia Schweitzer.

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"One of the twentieth century's most significant artists, Cindy Sherman has quietly uprooted conventional understandings of portraiture and art, questioning everything from identity to feminism. Critics around the world have taken Sherman's photographs and extensively examined what lies underneath. However, little critical ink has been spilled on Sherman's only film, Office Killer, a piece that plays a significant role both in Sherman's body of work and in American art in the late twentieth century. Dahlia Schweitzer breaks the silence with her trenchant analysis of Office Killer and explores the film on a variety of levels, combating head-on the art world's reluctance to discuss the movie and arguing instead that it is only through a close reading of the film that we can begin to appreciate the messages underlying all of Sherman's work."--Page 4 of cover.

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