A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis

A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis offers a comprehensive, academic and detailed study of the works of Robert Zemeckis, whose films include successful productions such as the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-90), Forrest Gump (1994), ...

Author: Adam Barkman

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793623461

Category: Performing Arts

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A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis offers a comprehensive, academic and detailed study of the works of Robert Zemeckis, whose films include successful productions such as the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-90), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), Cast Away (2000) and The Polar Express (2004), but also lesser known films such as I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), and Allied (2015). Most of Zemeckis’ major productions were not only successful when they were first released but continue to enjoy popularity—with critics and fans alike—even today. This volume investigates several distinct areas of Zemeckisʼ works and addresses the different approaches: the philosophical, the artistic, the socio-cultural, and the personal. The methodologies adopted by the contributors differ significantly from each other, thus offering the reader a variegated and compelling picture of Zemeckisʼ oeuvre, which includes nineteen films. Contrary to the few volumes published in the past on the subject, the chapters in this volume offer specific case studies that have been previously ignored (or only partially mentioned) by other scholars. A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis offers a great variety of interdisciplinary approaches to Zemeckis’ films, illuminating, re-reading and/or interpreting for the first time the entire career of the director, from his first films to the most recent ones.
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A Critical Companion to Stanley Kubrick

He suggested films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988) utilize metalepsis to represent one coherent narrative or “hybrid” world that ...

Author: Elsa Colombani

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793613776

Category: Social Science

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A Critical Companion to Stanley Kubrick offers a thorough and detailed study of the films of the legendary director. Labeled a recluse, a provocateur, and a perfectionist, Kubrick revolutionized filmmaking, from the use of music in film, narrative pacing and structure, to depictions of war and violence. An unparalleled visionary, his work continues to influence contemporary cinema and visual culture. This book delves into the complexities of his work and examines the wide range of topics and the multiple interpretations that his films inspire. The eighteen chapters in this book use a wide range of methodologies and explore new trends of research in film studies, providing a series of unique and novel perspectives on all of Kubrick’s thirteen feature films, from Fear and Desire (1953) to Eyes Wide Shut (1999), as well as his work on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001).
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A Critical Companion to Tim Burton

... Danny DeVito's The War of the Roses (1989), and Robert Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her (1992).21 Frankenweenie (2012) is a remake of the short Burton ...

Author: Adam Barkman

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498552738

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 278

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Unlike anything currently available, A Critical Companion to Tim Burton is a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of all the works of one of the world's most renowned directors and artists. Written by some of the top scholars working in fields as diverse as philosophy, film and media studies, and literature, all chapters of this book illuminate for both scholars and fans alike the entire artistic career of Burton, giving attention to both his early works and his global blockbusters.
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A Critical Companion to Steven Spielberg

... such as the DeLorean from Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985), the red motorcycle originally ridden by Kaneda from Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988), ...

Author: Adam Barkman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498593601

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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This comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of all the works of Steven Spielberg is written by some of the top scholars working in fields ranging from philosophy and art to history and film studies. The chapters illuminate for scholars and fans the entire artistic career of Steven Spielberg.
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A Critical Companion to James Cameron

... of a James Bond adventure, the bullet-spattered pow! of an action thriller, and the buoyant screwball charm of [Robert Zemeckis's] Romancing the Stone.

Author: Adam Barkman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498572316

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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This book is a comprehensive, current scholarly analysis of the works of one of the world’s most renowned and successful filmmakers. Written by some of the top scholars working in film and media studies, philosophy, and literature, the seventeen chapters in this book illuminate the entire artistic career of James Cameron.
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Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind

... Away,” in A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis, ed. Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna (Lanham: Lexington Books of Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), 171–85.

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501351921

Category: Performing Arts

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In Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind, some of the scholars who have become essential for our understanding of Stanley Cavell's writing on film gather to use his landmark contributions to help us read new films-from Hollywood and elsewhere-that exist beyond his immediate reach and reading. In extending the scope of Cavell's film philosophy, we naturally find ourselves contending with it and amending it, as the case may be. Through a series of interpretive vignettes, the group effort situates, for the expert and novitiate alike, how Cavell's writing on film can profitably enrich one's experience of cinema generally and also inform how we might continue the practice of serious philosophical criticism of specific films mindful of his sensibility. The resulting conversations between texts, traditions, disciplines, genres, and generations creates propitious conditions for discovering what it means to watch and listen to movies with Stanley Cavell in mind.
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Avengers Infinity Saga and Philosophy

He is the author or editor of a dozen books, most recently A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis (2020). While he wouldn't mind having a beer with Fanboy ...

Author: Robert Arp

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 9780812694871

Category: Philosophy

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In Avengers Infinity Saga and Philosophy, philosophers explore the momentous issues and the fascinating puzzles raised by Marvel’s compelling series of movies: ● Is the Thanos snap truly an answer to overpopulation and famine, or is it simply indefensible mass murder on a cosmic scale? ● Are the Avengers who try to stop Thanos dishing out justice or merely fighting a man who is himself just? ● Captain America or Tony Stark—which leader holds the key to a civilized society? ● Dr. Strange claims to sees 14,000,605 possible futures, in one of which Thanos is defeated. What does this tell us about the true nature of reality? ● Sometimes your best just isn’t enough. How can we cope with inevitability? ● How can the Soul Stone and the Binding of Isaac by Abraham help us understand the Infinity War saga? ● Is Thanos a utilitarian? And if so, is his utilitarian calculus logically sound? ● Would it be possible for a group like the Avengers to amass enormous power to fight for humankind, without themselves becoming a corrupt ruling class? ● Can the past Nebula shooting the future Nebula cause her to cease to exist? Can you change the future by communicating with yourself or your family in the past? ● Can Thanos be seen as the epitome of non-self-serving behavior, or is Thanos masking his own egoism with the lie that his altruistic mission is to bring the universe into balance? ● Does Thanos show us the danger of living by an absolute moral compass, which allows us to see only what we believe to be “the right” with no variations or nuances?
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Searching for Sebald

... in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz , ' in W. G. Sebald : A Critical Companion , ed . ... Forrest Gump ( Robert Zemeckis , 1994 ) chronicles the foibles of the ...

Author: Lise Patt

Publisher: Institute Cultural Inquiry

ISBN: 1889917117

Category: Literary Criticism

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W.G. Sebald's books are sui generis hybrids of fiction, travelogue, autobiography and historical expos», in which a narrator (both Sebald and not Sebald) comments on the quick blossoming of natural wonders and the long deaths that come of human atrocities. All his narratives are punctuated with images--murky photographs, architectural plans, engravings, paintings, newspaper clippings--inserted into the prose without captions and often without obvious connection to the words that surround them. This important volume includes a rare 1993 interview called "'But the written word is not a true document': A Conversation with W.G. Sebald about Photography and Literature," in which Sebald talks exclusively about his use of photographs. It contains some of Sebald's most illuminating and poetic remarks about the topic yet. In it, he discusses Barthes, the photograph's "appeal," the childhood image of Kafka, family photographs, and even images he never used in his writings. In addition, Searching for Sebald positions Sebald within an art-historical tradition that begins with the Surrealists, continues through Joseph Beuys and blossoms in the recent work of Christian Boltanski and Gerhard Richter, and tracks his continuing inspiration to artists such as Tacita Dean and Helen Mirra. An international roster of artists and scholars unpacks the intricacies of his unique method. Seventeen theoretical essays approach Sebald through the multiple filters of art history (Krauss), film studies (Kluge), cultural theory (Benjamin), psychoanalysis (Freud), and especially photographic history and theory (Barthes, Kracauer), and 17 modern and contemporary art projects are read through a Sebaldian filter. If Sebald's artistic output acts as a touchstone for new critical theory being written on "post-medium" photographic practices, Seaching for Sebald suggests a model for new investigations in the burgeoning field of visual studies.
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A Companion to Steven Spielberg

... the critical film studies problem with Spielberg's reputation has been his close association with George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis.

Author: Nigel Morris

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118726808

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 536

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A Companion to Steven Spielberg provides an authoritative collection of essays exploring the achievements and legacy of one of the most influential film directors of the modern era. Offers comprehensive coverage of Spielberg’s directorial output, from early works including Duel, The Sugarland Express, and Jaws, to recent films Explores Spielberg’s contribution to the development of visual effects and computer games, as well as the critical and popular reception of his films Topics include in-depth analyses of Spielberg’s themes, style, and filming techniques; commercial and cultural significance of the Spielberg ‘brand’ and his parallel career as a producer; and collaborative projects with artists and composers Brings together an international team of renowned scholars and emergent voices, balancing multiple perspectives and critical approaches Creates a timely and illuminating resource which acknowledges the ambiguity and complexity of Spielberg’s work, and reflects its increasing importance to film scholarship
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Arthur Machen

Critical Essays Antonio Sanna ... his coedited volumes on Tim Burton (2017), James Cameron (2018), Steven Spielberg (2019), and Robert Zemeckis (2020).

Author: Antonio Sanna

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793635471

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Arthur Machen: Critical Essays studies the works of Arthur Machen in twelve essays, exploring different aspects of the literary production of the Welsh writer who has won the readers and the critics' attention with works such as "The Great God Pan," "The Terror," and "The Angels of Mons."
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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture

... technique exploitedmost notably in Robert Zemeckis's Who Framed Roger Rabbit? ... Il postino was a smash critical and commercial success, receiving five.

Author: Zygmunt G. Baranski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139825481

Category: Literary Criticism

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This collection of essays provides a comprehensive account of the culture of modern Italy. Contributions focus on a wide range of political, historical and cultural questions. The volume provides information and analysis on such topics as regionalism, the growth of a national language, social and political cultures, the role of intellectuals, the Church, the left, feminism, the separatist movements, organised crime, literature, art, design, fashion, the mass media, and music. While offering a thorough history of Italian cultural movements, political trends and literary texts over the last century and a half, the volume also examines the cultural and political situation in Italy today and suggests possible future directions in which the country might move. Each essay contains suggestions for further reading on the topics covered. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture is an invaluable source of materials for courses on all aspects of modern Italy.
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The Routledge Companion to Twenty First Century Literary Fiction

Even so, through allusion to two additional cultural reference points – Robert Zemeckis's 1985 Back to the Future and Jules Basien Lepage's 1879 Joan of Arc ...

Author: Daniel O'Gorman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134743773

Category: Literary Criticism

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The study of contemporary fiction is a fascinating yet challenging one. Contemporary fiction has immediate relevance to popular culture, the news, scholarly organizations, and education – where it is found on the syllabus in schools and universities – but it also offers challenges. What is ‘contemporary’? How do we track cultural shifts and changes? The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction takes on this challenge, mapping key literary trends from the year 2000 onwards, as the landscape of our century continues to take shape around us. A significant and central intervention into contemporary literature, this Companion offers essential coverage of writers who have risen to prominence since then, such as Hari Kunzru, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Ali Smith, A. L. Kennedy, Hilary Mantel, Marilynne Robinson, and Colson Whitehead. Thirty-eight essays by leading and emerging international scholars cover topics such as: • Identity, including race, sexuality, class, and religion in the twenty-first century; • The impact of technology, terrorism, activism, and the global economy on the modern world and modern literature; • The form and format of twenty-first century literary fiction, including analysis of established genres such as the pastoral, graphic novels, and comedic writing, and how these have been adapted in recent years. Accessible to experts, students, and general readers, The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction provides a map of the critical issues central to the discipline, as well as uncovering new perspectives and new directions for the development of the field. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of contemporary literature.
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The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds

... Critical Realism, and French Naturalism; and the modernist City-myth, ... series as Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future (1985–1990) and Robert Jordan's ...

Author: Mark J.P. Wolf

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317268284

Category: Social Science

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This companion provides a definitive and cutting-edge guide to the study of imaginary and virtual worlds across a range of media, including literature, television, film, and games. From the Star Trek universe, Thomas More’s classic Utopia, and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Arda, to elaborate, user-created game worlds like Minecraft, contributors present interdisciplinary perspectives on authorship, world structure/design, and narrative. The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds offers new approaches to imaginary worlds as an art form and cultural phenomenon, explorations of the technical and creative dimensions of world-building, and studies of specific worlds and worldbuilders.
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A Companion to Martin Scorsese

What is clear is that Scorsese's critical standing, his careful selection of projects, ... and Robert Zemeckis would take a turn in the director's chair.

Author: Aaron Baker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119685623

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 528

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A Companion to Martin Scorsese is a comprehensive collection of original essays assessing the career of one of America's most prominent contemporary filmmakers. Contains contributions from prominent scholars in North America and Europe that use a variety of analytic approaches Offers fresh interpretations of some of Scorsese’s most influential films, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, and Hugo Considers Scorsese's place within the history of American and world cinema; his work in relation to auteur theory; the use of popular music and various themes such as violence, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, and race in his films, and more
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The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture

... one example being Robert Zemeckis' successful trilogy at Universal, the Back to the Future series. Back to the Future (1985) is an important film for ...

Author: Christopher Bigsby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107494985

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 516

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The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the cultural themes and intellectual issues that drive the dominant culture of the twentieth century. This companion explores the social, political and economic forces that have made America what it is today. It shows how these contexts impact upon twentieth-century American literature, cinema and art. An international team of contributors examines the special contribution of African Americans and of immigrant communities to the variety and vibrancy of modern America. The essays range from art to politics, popular culture to sport, immigration and race to religion and war. Varied, extensive and challenging, this Companion is essential reading for students and teachers of American studies around the world. It is the most accessible and useful introduction available to an exciting range of topics in modern American culture.
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The Worlds of Back to the Future

Critical Essays on the Films Sorcha Ní Fhlainn ... The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism. ... Robert Zemeckis, Universal Studios, 1985.

Author: Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786457656

Category: Performing Arts

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A critical examination of the cultural, cinematic, and historical contexts of the Back to the Future trilogy, this book provides a multi-focal representation of the trilogy from several interdisciplinary fields, including philosophy, literature, music, pop culture, and media and gender studies. Topics include sexual symbolism in the trilogy and the oedipal plotting of the first film; nostalgia and the suburban dream in the cultural climate of the 1980s; generic play and performance throughout the trilogy; the emotional and narrative force provided by the films’ renowned musical scores; the trilogy’s post-modern references and allusions to the Western genre; female representations across the trilogy; and the Lacanian philosophical constructs in the characterizations of Doc Brown and George and Marty McFly.
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Critical Perspectives on Hollywood Science Fiction

... from Daniel Defoe's Literary Work to Robert Zemeckis's Cast Away. ... “Power/Knowledge,” in The Cambridge Companion to Foucault (2nd Bibliography 168.

Author: Stephen Trinder

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527544635

Category: History

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The 2003 invasion of Iraq and the global recession of 2008 have contributed heavily to popular criticism of neoliberalism. This book investigates James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 (2009) and Elysium (2013), Len Wiseman’s Total Recall (2012) and the Wachowskis’ and Tom Tykwer’s independent epic Cloud Atlas (2012) to examine how far this model is critically interrogated in science fiction cinema. The subject is a critical one upon reflection of the role that a heavily ingrained allegiance to neoliberal and colonial discourse in mainstream politics and media has played in the rise of populist right-wing politics, growing worldwide income inequality, and, in particular, cultivating racist attitudes towards the Other.
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The Tim Burton Encyclopedia

... was another critical and commercial success. Produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis, Cast Away features the highly memorable inanimate ...

Author: Samuel J. Umland

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810892019

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 298

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Tim Burton has been a major director for a quarter of a century, producing both cult classics and blockbuster films including Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows. An A-Z list of all things Burton, including his live action films, his animated features, his shorts, his non-film work, and the collaborators who have helped manifest his unique perspective into memorable works of cinema. The book will highlight Burton’s accomplishments as a visual artist with an uncompromised aesthetic, narrating the evolution of his creative practice from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature works.
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The Practice of Misuse

Playing Underground: A Critical History ofthe 1960s Off-Off- Broadway Movement. ... Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard. ... Robert Zemeckis. Perf.

Author: Raymond Malewitz

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804792998

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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In the age of Ikea Hackers and salvagepunks, this book charts the emergence of "rugged consumers" who creatively misuse, reuse, and repurpose the objects within their environments to suit their idiosyncratic needs and desires. Figures of both literary and material culture whose behavior evokes an American can-do ethic, rugged consumers mediate between older mythic models of self-sufficiency and the consumption-driven realities of our passive, post-industrial economy. Through their unorthodox encounters with the material world, rugged consumers show that using objects 'properly' is a conventional behavior that must be renewed and reinforced rather than a naturalized process that persists untroubled through time and space. At the same time, this Utopian ideal is rarely met: most examples of rugged consumerism conceal rather than foreground the ideological problems to which they respond and thus support or ignore rather than challenge the structures of late capitalist consumerism. By analyzing convergences and divergences between subjective material practices and collectivist politics, Raymond Malewitz shows how rugged consumerism both recodes and reflects the dynamic social history of objects in the United States from the 1960s to the present.
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Roger Ebert s Video Companion

Directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Robert Watts and Frank Marshall . ... although the movie is thin on details so that in a crucial late scene we ...

Author: Roger Ebert

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub

ISBN: 0836221524

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 988

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Fully indexed by title, stars, and director and thoroughly cross-referenced, this guide to movies on video also features lists of outstanding movies, new interviews, and full-length reviews
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