Cities and Cinema

ISBN-10: 0415364469
ISBN-13: 9780415364461
Edition: 2008
Authors: Barbara Mennel
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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122

Films about cities abound. They provide fantasies for those who recognize their city and those for whom the city is a faraway dream or nightmare. How does cinema rework city planners' hopes and city dwellers' fears of modern urbanism? Can an analysis of city films answer some of the questions posed in urban studies? What kinds of vision for the future and images of the past do city films offer? What are the changes that city films have undergone? Cities and Cinema puts urban theory and cinema studies in dialogue. The book's first section analyzes three important genres of city films that follow in historical sequence, each associated with a particular city, moving from the city film of the Weimar Republic to the film noir associated with Los Angeles and the image of Paris in the cinema of the French New Wave. The second section discusses socio-historical themes of urban studies, beginning with the relationship of film industries and individual cities, continuing with the portrayal of war torn and dividedcities, and ending with the cinematic expression of utopia and dystopia in urban science fiction. The last section negotiates the question of identity and place in a global world, moving from the portrayal of ghettos and barrios to the city as a setting for gay and lesbian desire, to end with the representation of the global city in transnational cinematic practices. The book suggests that modernity links urbanism and cinema. It accounts for the significant changes that city film has undergone through processes of globalization, during which the city has developed from an icon in national cinema to a privileged site for transnational cinematic practices. It is a key text for students and researchers of film studies, urban studies and cultural studies.

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction: the founding myth of cinema, or the "train effect"
Introduction to Section I
Modernity and the city film: Berlin
The dark city and film noir: Los Angeles
The city of love: Paris
Introduction to Section II
City film industry: Hong Kong
The city in ruins and the divided city: Berlin, Belfast, and Beirut
Utopia and dystopia: fantastic and virtual cities
Introduction to Section III
Ghettos and barrios
The city as queer playground
The global city and cities in globalization
Conclusion: from the "train effect" to the "favela effect" - how to do further research
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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