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The Matrix (1999) was a true end-of-the-millennium movie, a statement of the American Zeitgeist, and a prognosis for the future of big-budget Hollywood filmmaking. Starring Keanu Reeves as Neo, a computer programmer transformed into a messianic freedom fighter, The Matrix blends science fiction with conspiracy thriller conventions and outlandish martial arts created with groundbreaking digital techniques. A box-office triumph, the film was no populist confection: its blatant allusions to highbrow contemporary philosophy added to its appeal as a mystery to be decoded. 

Joshua Clover undertakes the task of decoding the film. Examining The Matrix's digital effects and how they were achieved, he shows how the film represents a melding of cinema and video games (the greatest commercial threat to have faced Hollywood since the advent of television) and achieves a hybrid kind of immersive entertainment. He also unpacks the movie's references to philosophy, showing how The Matrix ultimately expresses the crisis American culture faced at the end of the 1990s. 

Synopsis:

Clover decodes the mystery of the 1999 film "The Matrix" by examining the movie's references to philosophy, showing how they ultimately express the crisis American culture faced at the end of the 1990s. Illustrations.

About the Author

Joshua Clover, author of award-winning book of poetry Madonna anno domini (1996) and many other works, is Associate Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Davis. He writes on art and politics for the Village Voice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844570454
Author:
Clover, Joshua
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video/Guides
Subject:
Reviews
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
BFI Film Classics
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.53 x 5.4 x 0.295 in

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"Synopsis" by , Clover decodes the mystery of the 1999 film "The Matrix" by examining the movie's references to philosophy, showing how they ultimately express the crisis American culture faced at the end of the 1990s. Illustrations.
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