9781623564100

Kathryn Bigelow

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  • ISBN13:

    9781623564100

  • ISBN10:

    1623564107

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-06-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

Sean Redmond's work fills an important gap in the scholarship on the European-inspired auteur working within the Hollywood cinema machine, Kathryn Bigelow. Structured to meet the needs of both the student and scholar, Redmond's volume situates Bigelow within his historical and critical context, exploring key collaborative relationships and new ways of watching her films. Beginning with Bigelow's biography, Redmond surveys the evolution of Kathryn's career as a Hollywood outsider with movies such as The Set-up (1978) and Near Dark (1987) to Hollywood blockbusters like Point Break (1991), The Hurt Locker (2010) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).One of the key determinants of this volume is to locate Bigelow as a filmmaking artist who is able to transcend the collective, industrial, and commercial constraints of the Hollywood cinema machine to individually author her films in innovative and transgressive ways. Bigelow is contextualised as a contemporary auteur, with a distinct visual style who returns to the same themes and obsessions, and as a filmmaker who pushes cinematic boundaries, both in terms of film form and the representation of gender and sexuality. All of Bigelow's films are marked by an intensified aesthetic, a play with genre, and by ideological practices that question and undermine the formation of masculine and feminine identity, and which question heterosexuality.

Author Biography

Sean Redmond is Associate Professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of The Culture of Blood, and editor of Liquid Metal: The Science Fiction Film Reader.

Table of Contents

Introduction / biography / context: The Popular Art of Kathryn Bigelow
1. Key Collaborative Relationships: Working in the Shadow of Man
2. Essay One: Ways of watching X: Intensified Aesthetics
3. Essay Two: New critical exploration around a specific concept: Gender Transgression
4. A - Z Films / Themes / Key Concepts: Genre, Synesthetic soundscapes, Affect, and the space between movement and time, Looking relations (the virtual gaze), Queer Bigelow, Violence, Becoming Woman, Authorship, Stardom, Whiteness, Brand Bigelow
Filmography
Conclusion
Appendix

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