B Is for Bad Cinema

B Is for Bad Cinema

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Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics. B Is for Bad Cinema continues and extends, but does not limit itself to, the trends in film scholarship that have made cult and exploitation films and other a€œlowa€ genres increasingly acceptable objects for critical analysis. Springing from discussions of taste and value in film, these original essays mark out the broad contours of a€œbada€a€”that is, aesthetically, morally, or commercially disreputablea€”cinema. While some of the essays share a kinship with recent discussions of B movies and cult films, they do not describe a single aesthetic category or represent a single methodology or critical agenda, but variously approach bad cinema in terms of aesthetics, politics, and cultural value. The volume covers a range of issues, from the aesthetic and industrial mechanics of low-budget production through the terrain of audience responses and cinematic affect, and on to the broader moral and ethical implications of the material. As a result, B Is for Bad Cinema takes an interest in a variety of film examplesa€”overblown Hollywood blockbusters, faux pornographic works, and European art house filmsa€”to consider those that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability.His edited collections include Film Stars of the 50s (Rutgers University Press, 2010) and (with David Boyd) Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as ... Her writing has also appeared in the journals Velvet Light Trap, Cinemascope and Studies in Documentary Film, and in the ... (Rutgers University Press, 2007), Cinema and Modernity (Rutgers University Press, 2006), From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays onanbsp;...

Title:B Is for Bad Cinema
Author: Claire Perkins, Constantine Verevis
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2014-03-01

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