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Declarations of independence : American cinema and the partiality of independent production

Author: John Berra
Publisher: Bristol, UK ; Chicago, IL : Intellect, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"American independent cinema has been a key cultural media scene for the last 15 years. This sector appears to exist as a method of cultural production and, simultaneously, a reference through which films can be attached to certain socio-political movements. Declarations of Independence considers whether unique independent film can thrive or even survive in an industry of mass-production and profit." "This volume  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Berra
ISBN: 9781841501857 1841501859 9786611172350 6611172351 1841502189 9781841502182
OCLC Number: 179836694
Description: 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Genesis : modern American independent cinema and its position within an industry of mass production --
Ancestry of independence : Easy Rider and the declaration of a new American cinema --
The art of the possible : Hollywood feature film production since 1970 --
Oppositional fantasies : the economic structure of American independent cinema and its essential lineaments --
Loyalty to the rhetoric : four American film-makers and their commitment to an autonomous mode of cultural production --
Graduating class : American independent cinema as finishing school --
A cultural comparison : British independent cinema and its relation to its American counterpart --
Selective exhibition : the Sundance Film Festival and its significance to the independent sector --
The business of art : Miramax Films and the cultivation of the niche market --
The reception of an alternative Americana : audiences and American independent cinema.
Responsibility: John Berra.

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