The Cinema of John Carpenter

The aim of this book is to give John Carpenter's output the sustained critical treament it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work as well as others which focus on a small number of key films.

Author: Ian Conrich

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1904764142

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

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The aim of this book is to give John Carpenter's output the sustained critical treament it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work as well as others which focus on a small number of key films.
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The Films of John Carpenter

Complete cast and production information is provided for each. The book also covers those films written and produced by Carpenter, such as Halloween II and Black Moon Rising, as well as Carpenter's work for television.

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786493487

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 275

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The films of John Carpenter cover a tremendous range and yet all bear his clear personal stamp. From the horrifying (Halloween) to the touching (Starman) to the controversial (The Thing) to the comic (Big Trouble in Little China), his films reflect a unique approach to filmmaking and singular views of humanity and American culture. This analysis of Carpenter’s films includes a historical overview of his career, and in-depth entries on each of his films, from 1975’s Dark Star to 1998’s Vampires. Complete cast and production information is provided for each. The book also covers those films written and produced by Carpenter, such as Halloween II and Black Moon Rising, as well as Carpenter’s work for television. Appendices are included on films Carpenter was offered but turned down, the slasher films that followed in the wake of the highly-successful Halloween, the actors and characters who make repeated appearances in Carpenter’s films, and ratings for Carpenter’s work. Notes, bibliography, and index are included.
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Order in the Universe

This second edition of the first book-length analysis finds in Carpenter's films a vision of a profound but unexpected order in the universe.

Author: Robert Cumbow

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780585383026

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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An obscure independent filmmaker until Halloween (1978), John Carpenter has been applauded for his classic sense of compositions, yet reviled for his "B-film" sensibility. This second edition of the first book-length analysis finds in Carpenter's films a vision of a profound but unexpected order in the universe. The author analyzes Carpenter's early independent work, his made-for-television movies, his big Hollywood films (The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Stephen King's Christine, Starman), his more recent independent work (Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, They Live), and his contributions to films he did not direct. This edition fully updates the 1990 edition with attention to the films made since that date. With a chronology of Carpenter's career, a detailed filmography, photos, brief plot synopses, and a thorough index, this volume will be treasured by film scholars and fans alike.
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Order in the Universe

With a chronology of Carpenter's career, a detailed filmography, photos, brief plot synopses, and a thorough index, this volume will be treasured by film scholars and fans alike.

Author: Robert C. Cumbow

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015020775253

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

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An obscure independent filmmaker until Halloween (1978), John Carpenter has been applauded for his classic sense of compositions, yet reviled for his _B-film_ sensibility. With a chronology of Carpenter's career, a detailed filmography, photos, brief plot synopses, and a thorough index, this volume will be treasured by film scholars and fans alike.
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John Carpenter

An indispensable guide to the ultimate cult auteur, this work on John Carpenter explores each of his films, considering his work as a director, composer, writer and producer.

Author: Colin Odell

Publisher: Pocket Essentials

ISBN: 1842434977

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 157

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An indispensable guide to the ultimate cult auteur, this work on John Carpenter explores each of his films, considering his work as a director, composer, writer and producer.
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The American Horror Film

Author: Reynold Humphries

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748614168

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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The various characters that recur in horror films - Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll, the Mummy, the Werewolf - are discussed, as are repeated themes such as the mad scientist, nuclear anxiety, psychological 'monsters', the living dead, and 'slasher' movies. Key directors including Jacques Tourneur, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman and Joe Dante are covered. The emphasis is on accessibility: while theory is included through reference to gender and politics, women's studies and psychoanalysis, it is introduced carefully and in direct relation to the films being discussed. No prior knowledge of the subject area is assumed. An extensive Filmography is included and reference is made at the appropriate point to the most pertinent writing on horror. Overall, this is an ideal introduction to the area for all students and general readers interested in the American horror film. Key Features Includes 10 film stills Covers major films such as King Kong, Little Shop of Horrors, Psycho, The Exorcist, The Omen and I Know What You Did Last Summer Only up-to-date textbook on the subject
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Horror Films of the 1970s

Section Three contains a conclusion and these five appendices: horror film cliches of the 1970s, frequently appearing performers, memorable movie ads, recommended films that illustrate how 1970s horror films continue to impact the industry, ...

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786491566

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 684

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The seventies were a decade of groundbreaking horror films: The Exorcist, Carrie, and Halloween were three. This detailed filmography covers these and 225 more. Section One provides an introduction and a brief history of the decade. Beginning with 1970 and proceeding chronologically by year of its release in the United States, Section Two offers an entry for each film. Each entry includes several categories of information: Critical Reception (sampling both ’70s and later reviews), Cast and Credits, P.O.V., (quoting a person pertinent to that film’s production), Synopsis (summarizing the film’s story), Commentary (analyzing the film from Muir’s perspective), Legacy (noting the rank of especially worthy ’70s films in the horror pantheon of decades following). Section Three contains a conclusion and these five appendices: horror film clichés of the 1970s, frequently appearing performers, memorable movie ads, recommended films that illustrate how 1970s horror films continue to impact the industry, and the 15 best genre films of the decade as chosen by Muir.
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Breaking in

Presents a collection of interviews with such film directors as John Carpenter, Barry Sonnenfield, Edward Zwick, and John Schlesinger, offering candid advice on how to get started in the modern film industry. offers readers access to some ...

Author: Nicholas Jarecki

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: UOM:39015053778612

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 316

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Presents a collection of interviews with such film directors as John Carpenter, Barry Sonnenfield, Edward Zwick, and John Schlesinger, offering candid advice on how to get started in the modern film industry.
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The Cinema of Sri Lanka

This is the first English language book to explore the extent of the vibrant but overlooked cinema of Sri Lanka.

Author: Ian Conrich

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1784534218

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Film production in Sri Lanka is exceptionally prolific and diverse. It has produced many more films than most other Commonwealth nations, despite this being a developing country that has seen many years of internal conflict. This is the first English language book to explore the extent of the vibrant but overlooked cinema of Sri Lanka. Written by two of the leading experts in the field, it takes a close look at individual films, while also explaining their wider contexts. Authors Ian Conrich and Vilasnee Tampoe-Hautin discuss Sinhalese and Tamil film; the influences of both Bollywood and Hollywood; popular cinema vs. art cinema; state regulation and control; cinema exhibition and distribution; cinema culture and consumption; fiction and documentary films. A range of relevant social, cultural, historical, and political issues are introduced, as key films are analysed in relation to regionalism and globalisation, postcolonialism, sexuality and gender. The Cinema of Sri Lanka is a pioneering book which fills a major gap in Asian film studies.
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World Cinema through Global Genres

Watch one of the later versions and compare it to Carpenter's original. Explain
why you prefer one over the other. ... Cumbow, Robert C. Order in the Universe:
The Films of John Carpenter. Scarecrow Filmmakers Series, 1990. Fischer,
Dennis.

Author: William V. Costanzo

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118713105

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

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World Cinema through Global Genres introduces the complex forces of global filmmaking using the popular concept of film genre. The cluster-based organization allows students to acquire a clear understanding of core issues that apply to all films around the world. Innovative pedagogical approach that uses genres to teach the more unfamiliar subject of world cinema A cluster-based organization provides a solid framework for students to acquire a sharper understanding of core issues that apply to all films around the world A “deep focus” section in each chapter gives students information and insights about important regions of filmmaking (India, China, Japan, and Latin America) that tend to be underrepresented in world cinema classes Case studies allow students to focus on important and accessible individual films that exemplify significant traditions and trends A strong foundation chapter reviews key concepts and vocabulary for understanding film as an art form, a technology, a business, an index of culture, a social barometer, and a political force. The engaging style and organization of the book make it a compelling text for both world cinema and film genre courses
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They Live

He explains why in this great book.” —California Literary Review “Novelist and occasional critic Jonathan Lethem pulls apart the threads of John Carpenter’s 1988 science fiction film of the same title, to entertaining and ...

Author: Jonathan Lethem

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 9781593763930

Category: Social Science

Page: 178

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“One of the cleverest, most accessibly in-depth film books released this year . . . a smart-ass novelist exploring a cheesy-cheeky ‘80s sci-fi flick” (Hartford Advocate). Deep Focus is a series of film books with a fresh approach. Take the smartest, liveliest writers in contemporary letters and let them loose on the most vital and popular corners of cinema history: midnight movies, the New Hollywood of the sixties and seventies, film noir, screwball comedies, international cult classics, and more . . . Kicking off the series is Jonathan Lethem’s take on They Live, John Carpenter’s 1988 classic amalgam of deliberate B-movie, sci-fi, horror, anti-Yuppie agitprop. Lethem exfoliates Carpenter’s paranoid satire in a series of penetrating, free-associational forays into the context of a story that peels the human masks off the ghoulish overlords of capitalism. Taking into consideration classic Hollywood cinema and science fiction—as well as popular music and contemporary art and theory—They Live provides a wholly original perspective on Carpenter’s subversive classic. “A fun read, packed with references to other films, literature and artists . . . one of the few books one would enjoy reading while watching a movie.” —USA Today’s Pop Candy “Apparently, author Lethem was the only other person than me to take They Live as brilliant, stinging social commentary. He explains why in this great book.” —California Literary Review “Novelist and occasional critic Jonathan Lethem pulls apart the threads of John Carpenter’s 1988 science fiction film of the same title, to entertaining and illuminating effect.” —The New York Times Book Review
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Halloween

This book explores all these aspects of Halloween, including the franchise it spawned"--

Author: Mark Bernard

Publisher:

ISBN: 1138732400

Category: Halloween (Motion picture : 1978)

Page: 105

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"John Carpenter's 1978 horror hit Halloween was once considered the be-all, end-all of teen slasher cinema and was regarded as the first, the best, and the most influential American slasher film. Recent revisions in film history, however, have challenged Halloween's comfortable place in the canon of youth horror cinema. This study argues that Halloween need not be the first nor the most influential youth slasher film for it to hold a special place in the history of youth cinema. In a manner like no other film, Halloween draws from the themes, imagery, and obsessions that fuelled youth horror cinema since the 1950s - Gothic atmosphere, atomic dread, twisted psychology, and alienated teenage monsters - and ties them together in the deceptively simple story of a masked killer stalking babysitters on Halloween night. Along the way, the film delivers a savage critique of social institutions and their failure to protect young people. Halloween also depicts a cadre of compelling and complicated youth characters: teenage babysitters watching over preadolescents as a killer, who is viciously avoiding the responsibilities of young adulthood, stalks them through the shadows. This book explores all these aspects of Halloween, including the franchise it spawned"--
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Dark Directions

Phillips begins by analyzing the works of George Romero, focusing on how the body is used cinematically to reflect the duality between society and chaos, concluding that the unconstrained bodies of the Living Dead films act as a critical ...

Author: Kendall R. Phillips

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809330973

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 215

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A Nightmare on Elm Street. Halloween. Night of the Living Dead. These films have been indelibly stamped on moviegoers’ psyches and are now considered seminal works of horror. Guiding readers along the twisted paths between audience, auteur, and cultural history, author Kendall R. Phillips reveals the macabre visions of these films’ directors in Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film. Phillips begins by analyzing the works of George Romero, focusing on how the body is used cinematically to reflect the duality between society and chaos, concluding that the unconstrained bodies of the Living Dead films act as a critical intervention into social norms. Phillips then explores the shadowy worlds of director Wes Craven. In his study of the films The Serpent and the Rainbow, Deadly Friend, Swamp Thing, Red Eye, and Shocker, Phillips reveals Craven’s vision of technology as inherently dangerous in its ability to cross the gossamer thresholds of the gothic. Finally, the volume traverses the desolate frontiers of iconic director John Carpenter. Through an exploration of such works as Halloween, The Fog, and In the Mouth of Madness, Phillips delves into the director’s representations of boundaries—and the haunting consequences for those who cross them. The first volume ever to address these three artists together, Dark Directions is a spine-tingling and thought-provoking study of the horror genre. In analyzing the individual works of Romero, Craven, and Carpenter, Phillips illuminates some of the darkest minds in horror cinema.
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Movies in American History

Carpenter's reputation as a filmmaker who can deliver brilliant horror and science
fiction pictures remains intact with his fans, however. His earlier films are ... The
Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror. London: Wallflower. 2004.

Author: Philip C. DiMare

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598842968

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1232

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This provocative three-volume encyclopedia is a valuable resource for readers seeking an understanding of how movies have both reflected and helped engender America's political, economic, and social history. * Provides 450 A–Z entries that comprehensively cover the historical significance of subjects, people, and films of the American cinema * Contains contributions from 150 distinguished interdisciplinary scholars offering their analysis on the role of movies in American history * Includes reference materials and suggestions for further reading with every entry
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John Carpenter

In their Pocket Essential to John Carpenter, Michelle le Blanc and Colin Odell examine and analyze every film by this prolific director.

Author: Michelle Le Blanc

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111306077

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. John Carpenter has been setting trends and exciting audiences for a quarter of a century. His first two features were a double-whammy virtually unparalleled in modern cinema—the urban re-working of Rio Bravo, Assault on Precinct 13, followed by the first and defining slasher movie, Halloween. Since then Carpenter has worked with low and big budgets, directed stars and unknowns, and enjoyed commercial success and suffered critical failure. But he has consistently produced a stream of entertaining, unpretentious movies some of which—particularly Escape from New York and The Thing—are now regarded as modern classics. In their Pocket Essential to John Carpenter, Michelle le Blanc and Colin Odell examine and analyze every film by this prolific director.
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The Cinema of James Cameron

... titles in the Directors' Cuts series: the cinema of ISTVÁN SZABÓ:visions of
europe JOHN CUNNINGHAM the cinema of ... the world edited by JOHN ORR &
ELZBIETA OSTROWSKA the cinema of JOHN CARPENTER:the technique of
terror ...

Author: James Clarke

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850629

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle. The book also considers Cameron's engagement with the aesthetic of visual effects and the 'now' technology of performance-capture which is arguably moving a certain kind of event-movie cinema from photography to something more akin to painting. This book is explicit in presenting Cameron as an authentic auteur, and each chapter is dedicated to a single film in his body of work, from The Terminator to Avatar. Space is also given to discussion of Strange Days as well as his short films and documentary works.
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The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

... SHEEN & ANNETTE dAVISON the cinema of NANNI MORETTI:dreams and
diaries EWA MAZIERSKA & LAURA RASCAROLI the cinema of MIKE LEIGH:a
sense of the real GARRY WATSON the cinema of JOHN CARPENTER:the
technique ...

Author: Sean Redmond

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850230

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano: Flowering Blood is a detailed aesthetic, Deleuzian, and phenomenological exploration of Japan's finest currently-working film director, performer, and celebrity. The volume uniquely explores Kitano's oeuvre through the tropes of stillness and movement, becoming animal, melancholy and loss, intensity, schizophrenia, and radical alterity; and through the aesthetic temperatures of color, light, camera movement, performance and urban and oceanic space. In this highly original monograph, all of Kitano's films are given due consideration, including A Scene at the Sea (1991), Sonatine (1993), Dolls (2002), and Outrage (2010).
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The Cinema of Michael Haneke

... ANNETTE DAVISON the cinema of NANNI MORETTI: dreams and diaries EWA
MAZIERSKA & LAURA RASCAROLI the cinema of MIKE LEIGH: a sense of the
real GARRY WATSON the cinema of JOHN CARPENTER: the technique of terror
 ...

Author: Ben McCann

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231504652

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Michael Haneke is one of the most important directors working in Europe today, with films such as Funny Games (1997), Code Unknown (2000), and Hidden (2005) interrogating modern ethical dilemmas with forensic clarity and merciless insight. Haneke's films frequently implicate both the protagonists and the audience in the making of their misfortunes, yet even in the barren nihilism of The Seventh Continent (1989) and Time of the Wolf (2003) a dark strain of optimism emerges, releasing each from its terrible and inescapable guilt. It is this contingent and unlikely possibility that we find in Haneke's cinema: a utopian Europe. This collection celebrates, explicates, and sometimes challenges the worldview of Haneke's films. It examines the director's central themes and preoccupations—bourgeois alienation, modes and critiques of spectatorship, the role of the media—and analyzes otherwise marginalized aspects of his work, such as the function of performance and stardom, early Austrian television productions, the romanticism of The Piano Teacher (2001), and the 2007 shot-for-shot remake of Funny Games.
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The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers

... ANNETTE DAVISON the cinema of NANNI MORETTI: dreams and diaries EWA
MAZIERSKA & LAURA RASCAROLI the cinema of MIKE LEIGH: a sense of the
real GARRY WATSON the cinema of JOHN CARPENTER: the technique of terror
 ...

Author: Philip Mosley

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850216

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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The brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have established an international reputation for their emotionally powerful realist cinema. Inspired by their home turf of Liège-Seraing, a former industrial hub of French-speaking southern Belgium, they have crafted a series of fiction films that blends acute observation of life on the social margins with moral fables for the postmodern age. This volume analyses the brothers' career from their leftist video documentaries of the 1970s and 1980s through their debut as directors of fiction films in the late 1980s and early 1990s to their six major achievements from The Promise (1996) to The Kid with a Bike (2011), an oeuvre that includes two Golden Palms at the Cannes film festival, for Rosetta (1999) and The Child (2005). It argues that the ethical dimension of the Dardennes' work complements rather than precludes their sustained expression of a fundamental political sensibility.
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