9781137022189

Letters and Literacy in Hollywood Film

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137022189

  • ISBN10:

    1137022183

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-23
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Films are full of words on the screen. There are letters that come in the post, written and printed papers, and epitaphs. They can be declarations of love, or the words that tell us where we are or what is happening, varying from the most intimate confessions to straightforward signs. We do not often pause to think about our own interpretation of them, yet our response to reading and writing can be an important part of how we understand films. This book looks in detail at five films – Letter from an Unknown Woman; All This, and Heaven Too; The Man who Shot Liberty Valance; Into the Wild; and The Reader – and reveals how words work on screen, and the importance of literacy in their worlds. It sheds new light on some classic films and explores the uses of this form of expression in the work of modern film makers.

Author Biography

Edward Gallafent teaches Film Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Clint Eastwood: Actor and Director (1994), Astaire and Rogers (2000) and Quentin Tarantino (2006). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the online publication Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction: Letter from an Unknown Woman
2. Inscription and Erasure in All This, and Heaven Too
3. Of Lessons and of Love: The Man who Shot Liberty Valance
4. Into The Wild: The New Unreadable America
5. The Reader: Embracing Reading, Denying Writing
6. Conclusion: The Intimacy of Writing
Bibliography
Index

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