Download Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film by Greg Taylor PDF

By Greg Taylor

Gone with the Wind an thought for the yankee avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a vital resource for the improvement of state of the art highbrow and aesthetic principles? As Greg Taylor exhibits during this witty and provocative publication, the assumption isn't really so far-fetched. one of many first-ever experiences of yankee movie feedback, Artists within the Audience exhibits that movie critics, starting within the Nineteen Forties, grew to become to the flicks as uncooked fabric to be molded right into a extra radical modernism than that provided by way of the other modern artists or thinkers. In doing so, they provided readers a forefront replacement that reshaped postwar American tradition: nonaesthetic mass tradition reconceived and refashioned into wealthy, in my view suitable paintings by way of the attuned, inventive spectator.

Show description

Read or Download Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism. PDF

Similar film books

An Eye for Hitchcock

Movie pupil Murray Pomerance provides a sequence of attention-grabbing meditations on six motion pictures directed through the mythical Alfred Hitchcock, a grasp of the cinema. of the movies are terribly well-known and were seen––and misunderstood––countless instances: North by means of Northwest and Vertigo.

Inglourious Basterds: A Screenplay

With such iconic motion pictures because the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction, Kill invoice: Volumes 1 & 2, and Reservoir canines, Quentin Tarantino has turn into the main recognized and respected writer/director of his iteration. Now he's again together with his such a lot formidable motion picture but: the area battle II epic Inglourious Basterds. Starring Brad Pitt and filmed on position in Germany and France, it has the biggest solid of characters of any Tarantino movie so far.

In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing: Volume One

In Her Voice is the 1st ebook that takes the phrases and reports of a various staff of celebrated girls movie administrators and places their voices entrance and heart. This distinctive quantity of interviews provides greater than forty characteristic and documentary administrators from world wide, together with Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), Callie Khouri (Mad Money), Sally Potter (Rage), Lone Scherfig (An schooling) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday).

Seelenkenner Psychoschurken: Psychotherapeuten und Psychiater in Film und Serie

Psychiater und Psychotherapeuten haben eine interessante Kino- und Serienkarriere hinter sich. Vom Seelenkenner, guten Heiler und wahrem Humanisten wandelte sich in den 70ern das Bild zum bösen Wissenschaftler, der Patienten unterdrückt, fragwürdige Behandlungsmethoden verwendetet und Vollstrecker einer repressiven Gesellschaftsordnung ist.

Additional resources for Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism.

Sample text

Lynes ([1949] 1980) and Gans (1974) both found that American culture’s class mobility also opened it to a marked fluidity in taste cultures—though as liberals they both hoped that most “cultural straddling” (Gans, 109) would be upward, with the socially disadvantaged gaining access to a rich high culture of which they had been deprived. In retrospect, however, the last fifty years have been marked with as much downward as upward straddling, with the former emerging as something of a marginal highbrow response to the latter (then spreading beyond the highbrow arena altogether).

Today, we associate the former with journalism, the latter with highbrow or academic writing. Yet if academics must start with at least an implicit value judgment (the film is worth examining more closely), so journalistic reviewers must also analyze. Still, for the journalist, analysis remains a means to an end. Like most movies, movie reviewing highlights function and craft, analyzing only to evaluate those craft elements most directly relevant to the consumer (usually acting and scriptwriting, but often editing, special effects, and set design as well) in relation to desired effects, such as realism, suspense, even eroticism.

If such a radical vision of criticism was not adopted by the hybrid mainstream of abstract expressionism, it may have been because modern artists themselves had not yet become established as a viable force in American culture; it was radical enough that they were daring to assert their own expressive liberty and involvement in the vibrant psychomythic depths of the collective unconscious. Pollock’s psychologically expressive, vibrant drip method is an obvious example here, but these notions pervade the movement.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.05 of 5 – based on 15 votes