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The death of classical cinema : Hitchcock, Lang, Minnelli

Author: Joe McElhaney
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2006.
Series: SUNY series, horizons of cinema.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Death of Classical Cinema uncovers the extremely rich yet insufficiently explored dialogue between classical and modernist cinema, examining the work of three classical filmmakers - Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, and Vincente Minnelli - and the films they made during the decline of the traditional Hollywood studio system. Faced with the significant challenges posed by alternative art cinema and modernist
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Named Person: Alfred Hitchcock; Fritz Lang; Vincente Minnelli; Alfred Hitchcock; Fritz Lang; Vincente Minnelli; Vincente Minnelli; Alfred Hitchcock; Fritz Lang, Regisseur.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joe McElhaney
ISBN: 9780791468876 0791468879 9780791468883 0791468887
OCLC Number: 63230120
Description: xiv, 255 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Writing the history of classical cinema --
Dr. Mabuse, the cliché: The thousand eyes of Dr. Mabuse --
Fascination and rape: Marnie --
Staging the death of the director: Two weeks in another town --
Or the death of cinema is no solution.
Series Title: SUNY series, horizons of cinema.
Responsibility: Joe McElhaney.
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"The Death of Classical Cinema uncovers the extremely rich yet insufficiently explored dialogue between classical and modernist cinema, examining the work of three classical filmmakers - Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, and Vincente Minnelli - and the films they made during the decline of the traditional Hollywood studio system. Faced with the significant challenges posed by alternative art cinema and modernist filmmaking practices in the early 1960s, these directors responded with films that were self-conscious attempts at keeping pace with the developments in film modernism. These films - Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr.

Mabuse, Hitchcock's Marnie, and Minnelli's Two Weeks in Another Town - were widely regarded as failures at the time and bolstered critics' claims concerning the irrelevance of their directors in relation to contemporary filmmaking. However, author Joe McElhaney sheds new light on these films by situating them in relation to such acclaimed modernist works of the period as Godard's Contempt, Fellini's La dolce vita, Antonioni's Red Desert, and Resnai's Last Year of Marienbad. He finds that these modernist films, rather than being diametrically opposed in form to the work of Hitchcock, Lang, and Minnelli, are in fact profoundly linked to them."--BOOK JACKET.

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