Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries

Author: Alex Symons

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748664505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Alex Symons takes a unique, artist-focused approach in order to systematically identify the range of Brooks's adaptation strategies across the Hollywood film, Broadway theatre and American television industries.
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The Simpsons, Satire, and American Culture

Author: M. Henry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137027797

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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How is The Simpsons a satirical artwork engaged with important social, political, and cultural issues? In time for the twenty-fifth anniversary, Henry offers the first comprehensive understanding of the show as a satire and explores the ways in which The Simpsons participates in the so-called "culture war" debates taking place in American society.
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Religion and Drama in Early Modern England

The Performance of Religion on the Renaissance Stage

Author: Dr Elizabeth Williamson,Dr Jane Hwang Degenhardt

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409478637

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 4417

Offering fuller understandings of both dramatic representations and the complexities of religious culture, this collection reveals the ways in which religion and performance were inextricably linked in early modern England. Its readings extend beyond the interpretation of straightforward religious allusions and suggest new avenues for theorizing the dynamic relationship between religious representations and dramatic ones. By addressing the particular ways in which commercial drama adapted the sensory aspects of religious experience to its own symbolic systems, the volume enacts a methodological shift towards a more nuanced semiotics of theatrical performance. Covering plays by a wide range of dramatists, including Shakespeare, individual essays explore the material conditions of performance, the intricate resonances between dramatic performance and religious ceremonies, and the multiple valences of religious references in early modern plays. Additionally, Religion and Drama in Early Modern England reveals the theater's broad interpretation of post-Reformation Christian practice, as well as its engagement with the religions of Islam, Judaism and paganism.
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Minecraft - Die Insel

Author: Max Brooks

Publisher: Egmont

ISBN: 3505140791

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

View: 5392

Du wirst nie glauben, was ich erlebt habe. Aber wenn du das liest, steckst du längst mittendrin. Vielleicht stolperst du schon seit einer Weile über diese verrückte Insel. Vielleicht bist du auch gerade erst hier gestrandet. Du bist verwirrt, fühlst dich total verloren und hast eine Scheißangst – das Gefühl kenne ich nur zu gut. Wenn du nicht aufpasst, wird dich die Insel verschlingen und in Einzelteilen wieder ausspucken. Für dich habe ich dieses Buch hier zurückgelassen. Lies es. Du wirst jede Hilfe brauchen, die du kriegen kannst ... Der erste offizielle Minecraft-Roman: Hochspannung von Bestsellerautor Max Brooks
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American Fun

Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

Author: John Beckman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307908186

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 6683

Here is an animated and wonderfully engaging work of cultural history that lays out America’s unruly past by describing the ways in which cutting loose has always been, and still is, an essential part of what it means to be an American. From the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Americans have defied their stodgy rules and hierarchies with pranks, dances, stunts, and wild parties, shaping the national character in profound and lasting ways. In the nation’s earlier eras, revelers flouted Puritans, Patriots pranked Redcoats, slaves lampooned masters, and forty-niners bucked the saddles of an increasingly uptight middle class. In the twentieth century, fun-loving Americans celebrated this heritage and pushed it even further: flappers “barney-mugged” in “petting pantries,” Yippies showered the New York Stock Exchange with dollar bills, and B-boys invented hip-hop in a war zone in the Bronx. This is the surprising and revelatory history that John Beckman recounts in American Fun. Tying together captivating stories of Americans’ “pursuit of happiness”—and distinguishing between real, risky fun and the bland amusements that paved the way for Hollywood, Disneyland, and Xbox—Beckman redefines American culture with a delightful and provocative thesis. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) From the Hardcover edition.
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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles

Author: Kevin R. McNamara

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139825402

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature. The genres discussed include crime novels, science fiction, Hollywood novels, literary responses to urban rebellion, the poetry scene, nature writing, and the most influential non-fiction accounts of the region. Diverse, vibrant, and challenging as the city itself, this Companion is the definitive guide to LA in literature.
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Hollywood vs. America

Popular Culture And The War on Tradition

Author: Michael Medved

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062046209

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 4548

Why does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that most Americans hold dear? Why does the entertainment industry attack religion, glorify brutality, undermine the family, and deride patriotism? In this explosive book, one of the nation's best known film critics examines how Hollywood has broken faith with its public, creating movies, television, and popular music that exacerbate every serious social problem we face, from teenage pregnancies to violence in the streets. Michael Medved powerfully argues that the entertainment business follows its own dark obsessions, rather than giving the public what it wants: In fact, the audience for feature films and network television has demonstrated its profound disillusionment in recent years, with disastrous consequences for many entertainment companies. Meanwhile, overwhelming numbers of our fellow citizens complain about the wretched quality of our popular culture--describing the offerings of the mass media as the worst ever. Medved asserts that Hollywood ignores--and assaults--the values of ordinary American families, pursuing a self-destructive and alienated ideological agenda that is harmful to the nation at large and to the industry's own interests. In hard-hitting chapters on "The Attack on Religion," "The Addiction to Violence," "Promoting Promiscuity," "The Infatuation with Foul Language," "Kids Know Best," "Motivations for Madness," and other subjects, Medved outlines the underlying themes that turn up again and again in our popular culture. He also offers conclusive evidence of the frightening real-world impact of these messages on our society and our children. Finally, Medved shows where and how Hollywood took a disastrous wrong turn toward its current crisis, and he outlines promising efforts both in and outside the industry to restore a measure of sanity and restraint to our media of mass entertainment. Sure to elicit strong response, whether it takes the form of cheers of support or howls of enraged dissent, Hollywood vs. America confronts head-on one of the most significant issues of our times.
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Film: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191623547

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 152

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Film is considered by some to be the most dominant art form of the twentieth century. It is many things, but it has become above all a means of telling stories through images and sounds. The stories are often offered to us as quite false, frankly and beautifully fantastic, and they are sometimes insistently said to be true. But they are stories in both cases, and there are very few films, even in avant-garde art, that don't imply or quietly slip into narrative. This story element is important, and is closely connected with the simplest fact about moving pictures: they do move. Even the older meanings of the word 'film' - a membrane, a covering, a veil, an emanation - now seem to have something to do with moving pictures. Many people believe films are an instrument of illusion, an emphatic way of seeing what is not there; and this capacity has been both celebrated and condemned. 'Like a movie' mostly means like some sort of fairy-tale. But what about the reverse proposition: that more than any other invention film brings us close to the world as it actually is? 'Photography is truth', a character says in a film by Jean-Luc Godard. 'And cinema is the truth twenty-four times per second'. The same claim is made every day, albeit less epigrammatically, by newsreels and surveillance cameras. In this Very Short Introduction Michael Wood provides a brief history and examination of the nature of the medium of film, considering its role and impact on society as well as its future in the digital age. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy

The Comic 'i'

Author: S. Colleary

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137343907

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

View: 5714

One of the cultural phenomena to occur in Ireland in the last two decades has been the highly successful growth of stand-up comedy as a popular entertainment genre. This book examines stand-up comedy from the perspective of the narrated self, through the prism of the fabricated comedy persona, including Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Maeve Higgins.
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The Jewish Quarterly

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Arts

Page: N.A

View: 8715

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Say It Loud

Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

Author: Catherine Ellis,Stephen Smith

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 159558627X

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 5512

Includes powerful speeches by Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr., James Cone, Toni Morrison, Cornel West, and many others
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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Roman

Author: Seth MacFarlane

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838757513

Category: Fiction

Page: 207

View: 6027

Ein todkomischer Western von dem Typ, der uns Family Guy, American Dad und Ted gebracht hat. Albert Stark ist ein vorwitziger Feigling, der den Wilden Westen aus tiefstem Herzen hasst. Aber es gibt Dinge, die das Leben in "Old Stump" erträglicher machen: seine Schafe, seine Freundin Louise, die noch alle ihre Zähne hat, und Edward, sein loyaler, wenn auch einfältiger Freund. Als Albert das Duell mit dem Halunken Charlie Blanche verweigert, gibt ihm Louise entnervt den Laufpass. In seiner Verzweiflung offenbart er sich der mysteriösen Schönheit Anne, die ihre eigenen Probleme hat. Ihr verhasster Mann, ein berüchtigter Revolverheld, ist mit seiner Bande auf dem Weg nach Old Stump. Und Albert, so ihr Plan, soll ihn aufhalten ...
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Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder

Eine Chronik aus dem Dreißigjährigen Krieg

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518732609

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 7780

»Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder«, eine Chronik aus dem Dreißigjährigen Krieg. »Was eine Aufführung von Mutter Courage«, schrieb Brecht einmal, »hauptsächlich zeigen soll: Daß die großen Geschäfte in den Kriegen nicht von den kleinen Leuten gemacht werden. Daß der Krieg, der eine Fortführung der Geschäfte mit anderen Mitteln ist, die menschlichen Tugenden tödlich macht, auch für ihre Besitzer. Daß er darum bekämpft werden muß.«
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Popular culture

Author: David Manning White

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780405111150

Category: Popular culture

Page: 415

View: 9760

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France on film

reflections on popular French cinema

Author: Lucy Mazdon

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 180

View: 9049

Through an analysis of films as diverse as Jean de Florette, Ma Vie en rose and Nikita, this collection of essays is a comprehensive introduction to the concerns and styles that characterise contemporary popular French film. Set within economic, political and social context, France on Film reconsiders the direction French cinema is taking today, bringing into focus critical questions concerning wide-ranging notions of French culture, identity and nationhood. Examining questions of popular cinema as opposed to art cinema, this book also seeks to (re)present films that have been widely popular in France and internationally and to thus challenge the traditional art-house view of contemporary French cinema.
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The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

Author: Jason E. Squire

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743293401

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 576

View: 2512

Drawing from a variety of experts in an industry that has seen major technological advances since the second edition, The Movie Business Book, Third Edition, offers the most comprehensive, authoritative overview of this fascinating, global business. A must-read for industry newcomers, film students and movie buffs, this new edition features key movers and shakers, such as Tom Rothman, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Michael Grillo, head of Feature Film Production at DreamWorks SKG; Sydney Pollack; Mel Brooks; and many others. A definitive sourcebook, it covers nuts-and-bolts details about financing, revenue streams, marketing, DVDs, globalization, the Internet and new technologies. All of this -- and more -- is detailed in this new edition of the classic Movie Business Book.
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FOOTBALL Rising to the Challenge: The Transition from College to Pro

Author: Geoffrey R. Scott

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763733766

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 366

View: 9994

A guide for collegiate athletes who may be considering a career in professional football, this book gives you advice on the barriers and hurdles you might have to overcome.
Posted in Sports & Recreation

The Listener

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Radio addresses, debates, etc

Page: N.A

View: 7508

Posted in Radio addresses, debates, etc

Der Zombie Survival Guide

Überleben unter Untoten

Author: Max Brooks

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 364108248X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2271

Zombies sind längst unter uns. Ein Grund mehr, vorbereitet zu sein! Der Zombie Survival Guide ist der Schlüssel zur erfolgreichen Abwehr von Untoten, die eine ständige Bedrohung für den Menschen darstellen. Mittels hilfreicher Illustrationen und umfassender Informationen deckt dieser Überlebensführer das ganze Spektrum möglicher Angriffs- und Abwehrtechniken ab. Er gibt Ratschläge zu zombiesicherem Wohnen, erläutert Physiologie und typische Verhaltensmuster von Zombies und beschreibt die wichtigsten Utensilien im Kampf gegen diese hinterhältigen Gegner.
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The cult film reader

Author: Ernest Mathijs,Xavier Mendik

Publisher: Open Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 549

View: 5732

""A really impressive and comprehensive collection of the key writings in the field. The editors have done a terrific job in drawing together the various traditions and providing a clear sense of this rich and rewarding scholarly terrain. This collection is as wild and diverse as the films that it covers. Fascinating." Mark Jancovich, Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia, UK "It's about time the lunatic fans and loyal theorists of cult movies were treated to a book they can call their own. The effort and knowledge contained in "The Cult Film Reader" will satisfy even the most ravenous zombie's desire for detail and insight. This book will gnaw, scratch and infect you just like the cult films themselves." Brett Sullivan, Director of Ginger Snaps Unleashed and The Chair ""The Cult Film Reader" is a great film text book and a fun read." John Landis, Director of The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson's Thriller" Whether defined by horror, kung-fu, sci-fi, sexploitation, kitsch musical or 'weird world cinema', cult movies and their global followings are emerging as a distinct subject of film and media theory, dedicated to dissecting the world's unruliest images. This book is the world's first reader on cult film. It brings together key works in the field on the structure, form, status, and reception of cult cinema traditions. Including work from key established scholars in the field such as Umberto Eco, Janet Staiger, Jeffrey Sconce, Henry Jenkins, and Barry Keith Grant, as well as new perspectives on the gradually developing canon of cult cinema, the book not only presents an overview of ways in which cult cinema can be approached, it also re-assesses the methods used to study the cult text and its audiences. With editors' introductions to the volume and to each section, the book is divided into four clear thematic areas of study - The Conceptions of Cult; Cult Case Studies; National and International Cults; and Cult Consumption - to provide an accessible overview of the topic. It also contains an extensive bibliography for further related readings. Written in a lively and accessible style, "The Cult Film Reader" dissects some of biggest trends, icons, auteurs and periods of global cult film production. Films discussed include "Casablanca," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Eraserhead," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Showgirls" and "Ginger Snaps." "Essays by: Jinsoo An; Jane Arthurs; Bruce Austin; Martin Barker; Walter Benjamin; Harry Benshoff; Pierre Bourdieu; Noel Carroll; Steve Chibnall; Umberto Eco; Nezih Erdogan; Welch Everman; John Fiske; Barry Keith Grant; Joan Hawkins; Gary Hentzi; Matt Hills; Ramaswami Harindranath; J.Hoberman; Leon Hunt; I.Q. Hunter; Mark Jancovich; Henry Jenkins; Anne Jerslev; Siegfried Kracauer; Gina Marchetti; Tom Mes; Gary Needham; Sheila J. Nayar; Annalee Newitz; Lawrence O'Toole; Harry Allan Potamkin; Jonathan Rosenbaum; Andrew Ross; David Sanjek; Eric Schaefer; Steven Jay Schneider; Jeffrey Sconce; Janet Staiger; J.P. Telotte; Parker Tyler; Jean Vigo; Harmony Wu"
Posted in Biography & Autobiography