Screening the Male

Exploring Masculinities in the Hollywood Cinema
Author: Steve Cohan,Ina Rae Hark
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134900090
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 6481
Screening the male re-examines the problematic status of masculinity both in Hollywood cinema and feminist film theory. Classical Hollywood cinema has been theoretically established as a vast pleasure machine, manufacturing an idealized viewer through its phallocentric ideological apparatus. Feminist criticism has shown how difficult it is for the female viewer to resist becoming implicated in this representational system. But the theroies have overlooked the significance of the problem itself - of the masuline motivation at the core of the system. The essays here explore those male characters, spectators, and performers who occupy positions conventionally encoded as "feminine" in Hollywood narrative and questions just how secure that orthodox male position is. Screening the Male brings together an impressive group of both established and emerging scholars from Britain, the United States and Australia unified by a concern with issues that film theorists have exclusively inked to the femninie and not the masculne: spectacle, masochism, passivity, masquerade and, most of all, the body as it signifies gendered, racial, class and generatonal differences.

Masked Men

Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties
Author: Steve Cohan
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253115874
Category: Performing Arts
Page: N.A
View: 2305
The fifties marks the moment when a heterosexual/homosexual dualism came to dominate U.S. culture's thinking about masculinity. The films of this era record how gender and sexuality did not easily come together in a normative manhood common to American men. Instead these films demonstrate the widely held perception of a crises of masculinity. Masked Men documents how movies of the fifties represented masculinity as a multiple masquerade. Hollywood's star system positioned the male actor as a professional performer and as a body intended to solicit the erotic interest of male and female viewers alike. Drawing on publicity, poster art, fan magazines, and the popular press as a means of following the links between fifties stars, their films, and the social tensions of the period, Cohan juxtaposes Hollywood's narratives of masculinity against the personae of leading men like Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, William Holden, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, and Rock Hudson. Masked Men focuses on the gender and sexual masquerades that organized their performances of masculinity on and off screen.

Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities

Gender, Genre, and Politics
Author: Susanne Kord,Elisabeth Krimmer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137016213
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
View: 2973
Kord and Krimmer investigate the most common male types - cops, killers, fathers, cowboys, superheroes, spies, soldiers, rogues, lovers, and losers - by tracing changing concepts of masculinity in popular Hollywood blockbusters from 1992 to 2008 - the Clinton and Bush eras - against a backdrop of contemporary political events, social developments, and popular American myths. Their in-depth analysis of over sixty films, from The Matrix and Iron Man to Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings, shows that movies, far from being mere entertainment, respond directly to today's social and political realities, from consumerism to "family values" to the War on Terror.

The Ultimate Stallone Reader

Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur
Author: Chris Holmlund
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850646
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
View: 7327
Sylvester Stallone has been a defining part of American film for nearly four decades. He has made an impact on world entertainment in a surprisingly diverse range of capacities – as actor, writer, producer, and director – all while maintaining a monolithic presence. With The Ultimate Stallone Reader, this icon finally receives concerted academic attention. Eleven original essays by internationally-known scholars examine Stallone's contributions to mainstream cinema, independent film, and television. This volume also offers innovative approaches to star, gender, and celebrity studies, performance analysis, genre criticism, industry and reception inquiry, and the question of what it means to be an auteur. Ultimately, The Ultimate Stallone Reader investigates the place that Sylvester Stallone occupies within an industry and a culture that have both undergone much evolution, and how his work has reflected and even driven these changes.

Men and Masculinities in Irish Cinema

Author: D. Ging
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137291931
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 252
View: 3658
Spanning a broad trajectory, from the New Gaelic Man of post-independence Ireland to the slick urban gangsters of contemporary productions, this study traces a significant shift from idealistic images of Irish manhood to a much more diverse and gender-politically ambiguous range of male identities on the Irish screen.

New Hollywood Cinema

An Introduction
Author: Geoff King
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 085773105X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 304
View: 1718
What exactly is New Hollywood? - is the first question answered by Geoff King in his lively and accessible introduction to modern Hollywood cinema and its films. In the expanding literature on this area, New Hollywood Cinema fills a gap by offering a single, up-to-date volume covering the ground coherently and accessibly. From the radical gestures of the ‘Hollywood Renaissance’ of the late 1960s and early 1970s to the current dominance of the corporate blockbuster, this book focuses on the interactions between the different levels of the film industry. Studios are now merely one part of the broader ventures of huge media conglomerates. Hollywood is over-run by the demands of publicity and marketing. It also takes its cue from much TV and filmed advertising. How do these new developments shape the form and content of the films we see? King takes a look - bringing examples from all the different genres of Hollywood films to bear on the issues raised. Numerous case-studies of films, film-makers and production companies are used to illustrate these complex but very well-rendered ideas.

Schlüsselwerke der Geschlechterforschung

Author: Martina Löw,Bettina Mathes
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322804453
Category: Social Science
Page: 324
View: 5732
Der Band versammelt Zusammenfassungen und Analysen von 19 zentralen Schlüsselwerken der Geschlechterforschung. Mit Beiträgen u.a. von Regine Gildemeister, Karin Flaake, Marianne Rodenstein und Ulrike Teubner.

Men's Cinema

Masculinity and Mise-en-Scene in Hollywood
Author: Stella Bruzzi
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748676198
Category: Social Science
Page: 160
View: 8601
Men's Cinema offers a fresh theorisation of men in Hollywood cinema via a theoretical discussion of definitions of masculinity and the close textual analysis of classic and contemporary films. Through an examination of mise-en-scene, Men's Cinema moves beyond discussions of representation and narrative to an exploration of the physical or instinctive effects of cinema and how we are invited to engage with, desire or identify with Hollywood's vision of men and masculinity. By delineating how Hollywood has built up and refined the language of men's cinema through a series of recurrent, refined tropes, this book critically explores masculinity and the concept of a male aesthetic within film.Films discussed include: The Deer Hunter, Dirty Harry, Goodfellas, Inception, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Once Upon a Time in the West, Point Break, Raging Bull, Rebel Without A Cause, Reservoir Dogs, Sherlock Holmes, There's Always Tomorrow, The Wild Bunch.


Inszenierungen des Paares
Author: Annegret Heitmann,Sigrid Nieberle,Barbara Schaff,Sabine Schülting
Publisher: Erich Schmidt Verlag GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783503049912
Category: Authors
Page: 418
View: 2966

Gender, Empire, and Postcolony

Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections
Author: Anna M. Klobucka
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137340991
Category: Social Science
Page: 229
View: 3893
Analyzing a wide body of cultural texts, including literature, film, and other visual arts, Gender, Empire, and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections is a diverse collection of essays on gender in Portuguese colonialism and Lusophone postcolonialism.

The Cinema of Michael Mann

Vice and Vindication
Author: Jonathan Rayner
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850492
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 240
View: 7530
Michael Mann is one of the most important American filmmakers of the past forty years. His films exhibit the existential concerns of art cinema, articulated through a conspicuous and recognizable visual style and yet integrated within classical Hollywood narrative and genre frameworks. Since his beginnings as a screenwriter in the 1970s, Mann has become a key figure within contemporary American popular culture as writer, director, and producer for film and television. This volume offers a detailed study of Mann's feature films, from The Jericho Mile (1979) to Public Enemies (2009), with consideration also being given to parallels in the production, style, and characterization in his television work. It explores Mann's relationship with classical genres, his thematic concentration on issues of morality and masculinity, his film adaptations from literature, and the development and significance of his trademark visual style within modern American cinema.

Costume and Cinema

Dress Codes in Popular Film
Author: Sarah Street
Publisher: Wallflower Press
ISBN: 9781903364185
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 112
View: 9771
Costume and Cinema: Dress Codes in Popular Film presents an overview of the literature on film costume, together with a series of detailed case studies which highlight how costume is a key signifier in film texts. Sarah Street demonstrates how costume relates in fundamental ways to the study of film narrative and mise-en-scène, in some cases constituting a language of its own. In particular the book foregrounds the related issues of adaptation and embodiment in a variety of different genres and investigates this under-explored area through extensive analysis of popular films including The Talented Mr Ripley, Desperately Seeking Susan, and The Matrix.

Digital Imaging in Popular Cinema

Author: Lisa Purse
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748675620
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
View: 3535
Explores how film analysis can take account of the presence of digital images in cinema. Not just for digital effects enthusiasts, this book is essential for anyone interested in how to approach film critically: it is a toolbox for contemporary film analy

European Nightmares

Horror Cinema in Europe Since 1945
Author: Patricia Allmer,David Huxley,Emily Brick
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850085
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
View: 4921
This volume is the first edited collection of essays focusing on European horror cinema from 1945 to the present. It features new contributions by distinguished international scholars exploring British, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Northern European and Eastern European horror cinema. The essays employ a variety of current critical methods of analysis, ranging from psychoanalysis and Deleuzean film theory to reception theory and historical analysis. The complete volume offers a major resource on post-war European horror cinema, with in-depth studies of such classic films as Seytan (Turkey, 1974), Suspiria (Italy, 1977), Switchblade Romance (France, 2003), and Taxidermia (Hungary, 2006).

Disaster Movies

The Cinema of Catastrophe
Author: Stephen Keane
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850271
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 144
View: 5744
Stephen Keane's history of the disaster genre offers a detailed analysis of films such as The Towering Inferno, Independence Day, Titanic, and The Day After Tomorrow. He looks at the ways in which disaster movies can be read in relation to both contextual considerations and the increasing commercial demands of contemporary Hollywood. In this second edition, he adds new material regarding cinematic representations of disaster in the wake of 9/11 and an analysis of disaster movies in light of recent natural disasters. Keane continually reworks this previously unexplored genre.

Die Repräsentation von Männlichkeit im Werk von Oskar Roehler

Author: Melanie Bossen
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640736540
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 95
View: 1392
Magisterarbeit aus dem Jahr 2010 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Film und Fernsehen, Note: 1,7, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit stellt sich die Aufgabe, die männlichen Hauptprotagonisten in den Kinofilmen des deutschen Regisseurs Oskar Roehler zu analysieren. Dabei werden die vorgestellten Charaktere als Repräsentation eines bestimmten Konstrukts von Männlichkeit betrachtet und es stellen sich die Fragen, was für eine Männlichkeit durch die Filmfiguren repräsentiert wird und wie diese konstruiert ist. Warum fiel die Wahl auf Roehlers Werk? Bei der Lektüre seiner Filme fällt auf, dass die männlichen Protagonisten scheinbare Gegenentwürfe zur „dominanten [heterosexuellen, d. V.] Hollywood-Männlichkeit“ darstellen: Sie erfüllen nicht das patriarchale Ideal, sondern repräsentieren krisenhafte Männlichkeiten. Spannend war deshalb die Frage nach der Funktion dieser gebrochenen Filmcharaktere, wenn man bedenkt, dass Filme als „soziale Produkte [...] an der Konstruktion von Geschlecht, im Sinne von ‚gender‘, beteiligt sind“ und Repräsentationen von Männlichkeit „eine Produktionsstätte von Geschlechterhierarchien“ darstellen. Einerseits kann man das Potential vermuten, die „komplexe Vielfältigkeit und Widersprüchlichkeit jedweder sexuellen Identität vor Augen zu führen.“ Andererseits lädt sowohl das existierende Paradox von der „Allgegenwart von Männlichkeit und ihrer sonderbaren Unsichtbarkeit“ als auch die Annahme des Kinos als Ort, „der zugleich zum Sehen und zum Übersehen verführt“, dazu ein, hinter der Repräsentation ‚krisenhafter‘ Männlichkeiten ambivalente Funktionen zu vermuten. Die zentrale Frage der Arbeit lautet deshalb: Dienen die Repräsentationen von Roehlers Antihelden der nachhaltigen Störung des Ideals patriarchaler Männlichkeit oder unterstützen sie es? Um diese Frage am Ende der Arbeit zu beantworten, bedarf es vor allen Dingen des „Sichtbarmachens von scheinbar Unsichtbarem“, was den Hauptteil meiner Arbeit ausmachen wird.

The Dread of Difference

Gender and the Horror Film
Author: Barry Keith Grant
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477302425
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 560
View: 3757
"The Dread of Difference is a classic. Few film studies texts have been so widely read and so influential. It's rarely on the shelf at my university library, so continuously does it circulate. Now this new edition expands the already comprehensive coverage of gender in the horror film with new essays on recent developments such as the Hostel series and torture porn. Informative and enlightening, this updated classic is an essential reference for fans and students of horror movies."—Stephen Prince, editor of The Horror Film and author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality "An impressive array of distinguished scholars . . . gazes deeply into the darkness and then forms a Dionysian chorus reaffirming that sexuality and the monstrous are indeed mated in many horror films."—Choice "An extremely useful introduction to recent thinking about gender issues within this genre."—Film Theory

Dying Swans and Madmen

Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema
Author: Adrienne L. McLean
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 081354467X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 320
View: 1195
From mid-twentieth-century films such as Grand Hotel, Waterloo Bridge, and The Red Shoes to recent box-office hits including Billy Elliot, Save the Last Dance, and The Company, ballet has found its way, time and again, onto the silver screen and into the hearts of many otherwise unlikely audiences. In Dying Swans and Madmen, Adrienne L. McLean explores the curious pairing of classical and contemporary, art and entertainment, high culture and popular culture to reveal the ambivalent place that this art form occupies in American life. Drawing on examples that range from musicals to tragic melodramas, she shows how commercial films have produced an image of ballet and its artists that is associated both with joy, fulfillment, fame, and power and with sexual and mental perversity, melancholy, and death. Although ballet is still received by many with a lack of interest or outright suspicion, McLean argues that these attitudes as well as ballet's popularity and its acceptability as a way of life and a profession have often depended on what audiences first learned about it from the movies.

New American Teenagers

The Lost Generation of Youth in 1970s Film
Author: Barbara Jane Brickman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441176772
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 280
View: 8519
Taking a closer look at teen film in the 1970s, New American Teenagers uncovers previously marginalized voices that rework the classically male, heterosexual American teenage story. While their parents' era defined the American teenager with the romantic male figure of James Dean, this generation of adolescents offers a dramatically altered picture of transformed gender dynamics, fluid and queered sexuality, and a chilling disregard for the authority of parent, or more specifically, patriarchal culture. Films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloween, and Badlands offer a reprieve from the 'straight' developmental narrative, including in the canon of study the changing definition of the American teenager. Barbara Brickman is the first to challenge the neglect of this decade in discussions of teen film by establishing the subversive potential and critical revision possible in the narratives of these new teenage voices, particularly in regards to changing notions of gender and sexuality.


Bodies, Movies, Culture
Author: Peter Lehman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135273472
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 6663
Lehman brings together new work on masculinity in film by established film scholars, new academics, performance artists, and cultural critics. The essays analyze trends from the role of gay men in saving heterosexuality to the emergence of new queer cinema.