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The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It's a Mad World (Directors' Cuts) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Birkenstein , Anna Froula , Karen Randell
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Terry Gilliam has been making movies for more than forty years, and this volume analyzes a selection of his thrilling directorial work, from his early films with Monty Python to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnussus (2009). The frenetic genius, auteur, and social critic continues to create indelible images on screen--if, that is, he can get funding for his next project. Featuring eleven original essays from an international group of scholars, this collection argues that when Gilliam makes a movie, he goes to war: against Hollywood caution and convention, against American hyper-consumerism and imperial militarism, against narrative vapidity and spoon-fed mediocrity, and against the brutalizing notion and cruel vision of the "American Dream."

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A wonderfully rich collection of essays; thought-provoking, insightful, and poetic in equal measure. Gilliam emerges as an auteur of magic and melancholy, a trickster of the night, a genius of the moving image. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of the directorial vision. -- Sean Redmond, Deakin University A lively set of informed and informative essays that offers an array of new perspectives. This collection adds materially to the critical understanding of one of modern cinema's most intriguing and challenging directors -- Peter Marks, University of Sydney A superb examination of a maverick artist... Highly recommended. Choice

About the Author

Jeff Birkenstein is associate professor of English at Saint Martin's University. With Anna Froula and Karen Randell, he is coeditor of Reframing 9/11: Film, Pop Culture, and the "War on Terror." Anna Froula is assistant professor of film studies at East Carolina University and associate editor of Cinema Journal. She has published on war trauma and gender in such journals as Changing English, Cinema Journal, and The Journal of War and Culture Studies, and in the collection Iraq War Cultures. Karen Randell is professor of film and culture at Southampton Solent University. She is coeditor of five books including The War Body on Screen and Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema. She has also been published in Screen and Cinema Journal.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 023116534X
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press (26 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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K. A. Laity ( writes in a variety of genres and is the author of OWL STRETCHING, CHASTITY FLAME, THE CLADDAGH ICON, UNQUIET DREAMS, PELZMANTEL and many more stories, essays, plays and humour. Laity received a 2006 Finlandia Foundation grant and the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship to work on UNIKIRJA (Dreambook), a collection of short stories based on Finnish mythology and the Kalevala (Aino Press 2009). In 2011-2 she was a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Laity is Associate Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose, where she teaches medieval literature, film, New Media and popular culture, with a particular interest in magic -- see her collection ROOK CHANT. She divides her time between NY and Dundee, Scotland. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or follow her blog.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Creativity in a Mad World 9 Jun. 2013
By Pam Sowers - Published on
A really good movie is like a tapestry, where the image is created from countless tiny stitches, each one essential, each one carefully chosen. Terry Gilliam's movies are like that, although the typical Gilliam movie/tapestry is lit a little more darkly than most. In this volume, the editors gather critical essays about various aspects of Gilliam's films and animation, including some of his work with the Monty Python comedy team. While some readers may find the language occasionally academic, the analyses of Gilliam's work help the movie-goer or fan understand a large portion of the director's intentions and goals in his creativity. These critiques helped me understand some of my favorite movies, and prepared me for the next times I see them, as I will many more times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong collection of essays on Gilliam 27 July 2013
By David Price - Published on
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This is a great collection of essays examining Terry Gilliam's cinematic genius. The volume is well-organized, well-written, and mixes perspectives from disciplines of lit, media studies, and communications--all shedding light on one of our greatest directors.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 15 April 2014
By Melinda T - Published on
Gilliam is known for films that are immensely enjoyable yet brimming with meaning and symbolism. This collection features some of the most intriguing and insightful essays I have ever read on his work, and covers a wide variety of subjects (i.e., Brazil, Tidelands, Munchhausen, Time Bandits, and loads more.) What a fabulous resource for film buffs, film students, literature students, Gilliam fans, Python fans, or anyone else craving something more from a discussion about film than, "That was kind of cool."
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