Positioning Art Cinema
Film and Cultural Value
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Geoff King argues that there is no single definition of art cinema, but a number of distinct and recurrent tendencies are identified. At one end of the spectrum are films accorded the most 'heavyweight' status, offering the greatest challenges to viewers. Others mix aspects of art cinema with more accessible dimensions such as uses of popular genre frameworks and 'exploitation' elements involving explicit sex and violence. Including case studies of key figures such as Michael Haneke, Pedro Almodovar and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, this is a crucial contribution to understanding both art cinema itself and the discourses through which its value is established.
List of Figures
Introduction: Positioning Art Cinema
1. Situating the Art Cinema Field of Cultural Production and Consumption
2. Art Film and American Indie Cinema: Points of Distinction and Overlap
3. The Hard-Core Art Film and Heavyweight Modality
4. Celebrating 'Slow' Cinema
5. Positioning The Turin Horse and Hidden
6. Serious Restrained Drama and Realism
7. Art Cinema and Genre: Uses and Departures
8. Art Cinema and Exploitation
An interrogation of the construction of art cinema in the marketplace and on screen and its ascribed cultural value.