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Rewriting indie cinema : improvisation, psychodrama, and the screenplay

Author: J J Murphy
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"J.J. Murphy analyzes the shifting role of the screenplay in the history of modern American independent cinema. He argues that in moving away from the traditional Hollywood approach of using a script developed in pre-production, key independent filmmakers used psychodrama and improvisation to create a new kind of cinema that allowed for more complex characterization and pushed dramatic interaction to the point where  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Murphy, J. J., 1947-
Rewriting indie cinema.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018041901
(OCoLC)1060180532
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J J Murphy
ISBN: 9780231549592 0231549598
OCLC Number: 1098031348
Awards: Winner of Best Publication of a Monograph, Screenwriting Research Network 2019
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction. Across the spectrum: from improvisation to psychodrama --
And I hate actors: the new American cinema --
Let's not phony it up anymore: the films of John Cassavetes --
Place-based realism: Mackenzie, Loden, and Burnett --
Experiments in psychodrama: Mekas, Warhol, Clarke, and Mailer --
Human life isn't necessarily well-written: William Greaves's: symbiopsychotaxiplasm: take one and take 2 1/2 --
Beyond the method: Abel Ferrara and Harvey Keitel --
Tied to a machine: the films of Gus Van Sant --
Like how you talk: the films of Joe Swanberg --
Improvisation and place: Putty Hill, stand clear of the closing doors, and the films of Sean Baker --
Rediscovering psychodrama: Frownland, heaven knows what, and stinking heaven --
The line between reality and staging: actor Martinez, actress, and the witness --
Conclusion: blending fiction and documentary.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Responsibility: J.J. Murphy.

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In Rewriting Indie Cinema, J. J. Murphy explores alternative forms of scripting and how they have shaped American film from the 1950s to the present. He traces a strain of indie cinema that used  Read more...

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