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Recycled Culture in Contemporary Art and Film

Recycled Culture in Contemporary Art and Film
The Uses of Nostalgia


Part of Cambridge Studies in Film

  • Author: Vera Dika, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California
  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521016315

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  • The reuse of images, plots and genres from film history has become prominent in contemporary culture. In this study, Vera Dika explores this phenomenon from a broad range of critical perspectives, examining works of art and film that resist the pull of the past. Dika provides an in-depth analysis of works in several media, including performance, photography, Punk film, and examples from mainstream American and European cinema. Proclaiming the renewed importance of the image and of genre, she investigates works as diverse as Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills, Amos Poe's The Foreigner, Terence Malick's Badlands, and Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart. Her study positions avant-garde art work within the context of contemporary mainstream film practice, as well as in relationship to their historical moment.

    • Examines the effect of recycling narrative and image on film
    • Explores the crossing boundaries between avantgarde art and mainstream film
    • Uses well-known films as case studies
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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521016315
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 133 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The returned image
    2. Art and film: New York City in the late 1970s: Jack Goldstein, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Amos Poe
    3. Generic returns - the dream has ended: Badlands, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shootist, The Last Waltz
    4. Re-considering the nostalgia film: American Graffiti, The Conformist, Rocky Horror Picture Show
    5. A return to the 1950s - the dangers in Utopia: Grease, Last Exit to Brooklyn
    6. Coppola and Scorsese - authorial views: Apocalypse Now, One From the Heart, The Last Temptation of Christ
    7. To destroy the sign: Gus Van Sant's Psycho, Geronimo, JFK.

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    Vera Dika, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California

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