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"Geoff King's important book stands with the best scholarship I have seen on this vital, constantly evolving subject." --David Sterritt, author of The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

The independent sector has produced many of the most distinctive films to have appeared in the U.S. in recent decades. From sex, lies and videotape in the 1980s to The Blair Witch Project and New Queer Cinema in the 1990s and the ultra-low budget digital video features of the 2000s, indie films have thrived, creating a body of work that stands out from the dominant Hollywood mainstream. But what exactly is "independent" cinema?

In American Independent Cinema, Geoff King argues that independence can be defined partly in industry terms but also according to formal and aesthetic strategies and by distinctive attitudes toward social and political issues, suggesting that independence is a dynamic rather than a fixed quality. Chapters focus on distribution and relationships with Hollywood studios, narrative and other formal dimensions, approaches to genre, and alternative sociopolitical visions. King also traces the history of the independent sector from the days of early cinema through the beginning of the 21st century.

Synopsis:

What exactly is "independent" cinema? King argues that independence can be defined partly in industry terms but also according to formal and aesthetic strategies and by distinctive attitudes toward social and political issues.

About the Author

Geoff King is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Brunel University. His books include New Hollywood Cinema: An Introduction; Spectacular Narratives: Hollywood in the Age of the Blockbuster; and Film Comedy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253218261
Author:
King, Geoff
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Motion picture industry
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Independent
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Motion picture industry -- United States.
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
American Studies; Performance Studies; Cinema; Cinema/Film; Media
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.46 x 6.36 x 0.9 in

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