Extreme Cinema Book

Extreme Cinema


  • Author : Kerner Aaron Kerner
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474402910

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Extreme Cinema Excerpt :

Extreme Cinema examines the highly stylized treatment of sex and violence in post-millennial transnational cinema, where the governing convention is not the narrative but the spectacle. Using profound experiments in form and composition, including jarring editing, extreme close-ups, visual disorientation and sounds that straddle the boundary between non-diegetic and diegetic registers, this mode of cinema dwells instead on the exhibition of intense violence and an acute intimacy with the sexual body. Interrogating works such as Wetlands and A Serbian Film, as well as the sub-culture of YouTube 'reaction videos', Aaron Michael Kerner and Jonathan L. Knapp demonstrate the way content and form combine in extreme cinema to affectively manipulate the viewing body.

Extreme Cinema Book

Extreme Cinema


  • Author : Mattias Frey
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-15
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813576527

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Extreme Cinema Excerpt :

Received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Best Monograph Award From Shortbus to Shame and from Oldboy to Irreversible, film festival premieres regularly make international headlines for their shockingly graphic depictions of sex and violence. Film critics and scholars alike often regard these movies as the work of visionary auteurs, hailing directors like Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier as heirs to a tradition of transgressive art. In this provocative new book, Mattias Frey offers a very different perspective on these films, exposing how they are also calculated products, designed to achieve global notoriety in a competitive marketplace. Paying close attention to the discourses employed by film critics, distributors, and filmmakers themselves, Extreme Cinema examines the various tightropes that must be walked when selling transgressive art films to discerning audiences, distinguishing them from generic horror, pornography, and Hollywood product while simultaneously hyping their salacious content. Deftly tracing the links between the local and the global, Frey also shows how the directors and distributors of extreme art house fare from both Europe and East Asia have significant incentives to exaggerate the exotic elements that would differentiate them from Anglo-American product. Extreme Cinema also includes original interviews with the programmers of several leading international film festivals and with niche distributors and exhibitors, giving readers a revealing look at how these institutions enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the “taboo-breakers” of art house cinema. Frey also demonstrates how these apparently transgressive films actually operate within a strict set of codes and conventions, carefully calibrated to perpetuate a media industry that fuels itself on provocation.

Horror to the Extreme Book

Horror to the Extreme


  • Author : Jinhee Choi
  • Publisher : Hong Kong University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 9789622099739

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Horror to the Extreme Excerpt :

This book compares production and consumption of Asian horror cinemas in different national contexts and their multidirectional dialogues with Hollywood and neighboring Asian cultures. Individual essays highlight common themes including technology, digital media, adolescent audience sensibilities, transnational co-productions, pan-Asian marketing techniques, and variations on good vs. evil evident in many Asian horror films. Contributors include Kevin Heffernan, Adam Knee, Chi-Yun Shin, Chika Kinoshita, Robert Cagle, Emilie Yeh Yueh-yu, Neda Ng Hei-tung, Hyun-suk Seo, Kyung Hyun Kim, and Robert Hyland.

Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema Book

Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema


  • Author : Simon Hobbs
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474427395

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Using paratextual theory to address the accusations of gimmickry often directed towards extreme art films, Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema focuses upon the DVD and Blu-ray object, analysing how sleeve designs, blurbs, and special features shape the identity of the film.

Extreme Asia Book

Extreme Asia


  • Author : Daniel Martin
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-06-24
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474403603

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Extreme Asia Excerpt :

From Japanese horror to South Korean revenge thrillers, and from the new Hong Kong crime film to Thailand's boundary-breaking ghost stories, Western audiences have been stunned by a boom in challenging cult cinema from East Asia over the last decade. But how did this cycle of 'Extreme' Asian films gain such notoriety? How did distribution companies, journalists, critics and censors contribute to the rise of a new genre of forbidden foreign cinema?Extreme Asia: The Rise of Cult Cinema from the Far East charts the history of the recent cult Asian film invasion, covering a five-year period and focusing on the activities of the distribution company Tartan Films and their incredibly influential Asia Extreme brand. Through a series of case studies of individual releases and other exhibition events, this book examines strategies of film promotion and consumption in the context of differing theories about horror cinema, movie marketing, reception studies, and Orientalism. Covering the rise and fall of the Asia Extreme label, and the enduring legacy of an unforgettable wave of cult cinema, this is a comprehensive study of a film movement that has provoked passion and outrage in equal measure.

Genre Trouble and Extreme Cinema Book

Genre Trouble and Extreme Cinema


  • Author : Troy Bordun
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-11-10
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319658940

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Genre Trouble and Extreme Cinema Excerpt :

This volume re-evaluates theories of genre and spectatorship in light of a critic-defined tendency in recent art cinema, coined ‘extreme cinema’. In Genre Trouble and Extreme Cinema, Bordun argues that the films of Mexican director Carlos Reygadas and French director Catherine Breillat expand generic classifications. Bordun contends that their films make it apparent that genre is not established prior to the viewing of a work but is recollected and assembled by spectators in ways that matter for them in both personal and experiential terms. The author deploys contemporary film theories on the senses, both phenomenological and affect theory, and partakes in close readings of the films’ forms and narratives. The book thus adds to the present literature on extreme cinema and film theory, yet sets itself apart by fully deploying genre theory alongside the methodological and stylistic approaches of Stanley Cavell, Vivian Sobchack, Laura U. Marks, and Eugenie Brinkema.

The Grace of Destruction Book

The Grace of Destruction


  • Author : Elena del Río
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2016-05-05
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501303050

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The Grace of Destruction Excerpt :

For Elena del Río, extreme cinema is not only qualitatively different from the representations of violence we encounter in popular, mainstream cinema; it also constitutes a critique of the socio-moral system that produces (in every sense of the word) such violence. Drawing inspiration from Deleuze's ethics of immanence, Spinoza's ethology of passions and Nietzsche's typology of forces, The Grace of Destruction examines the affective extremities common in much of global, contemporary cinema from the affirmative perspective of vital forces and situations-extremities such as moral/religious oppression, biopolitical violence, the pain involved in gender relations, the event of death and planetary extinction. Her analysis diverges from the current literature on extreme cinema through its selection of films, which include key international examples, and through its foregrounding of relational, affective politics over representations of sexuality and graphic violence. Detailed formal and philosophical analyses of films like The White Ribbon, Dogville, Code Unknown, Battle in Heaven, Sonatine, Fireworks, Dolls, Takeshis', Inland Empire and Melancholia are meant to move us away from the moral appraisal of violence and destruction, and to compose an ethological philosophy of cinema based on Deleuze's idea that, “when truth and judgment crumble, there remain bodies, which are... nothing but forces.”

Cine Ethics Book

Cine Ethics


  • Author : Jinhee Choi
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136745966

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Cine Ethics Excerpt :

This volume looks at the significance and range of ethical questions that pertain to various film practices. Diverse philosophical traditions provide useful frameworks to discuss spectators’ affective and emotional engagement with film, which can function as a moral ground for one’s connection to others and to the world outside the self. These traditions encompass theories of emotion, phenomenology, the philosophy of compassion, and analytic and continental ethical thinking and environmental ethics. This anthology is one of the first volumes to open up a dialogue among these diverse methodologies. Contributors bring to the fore some of the assumptions implicitly shared between these theories and forge a new relationship between them in order to explore the moral engagement of the spectator and the ethical consequences of both producing and consuming films

Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century Book

Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century


  • Author : James Aston
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2018-08-23
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476633534

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Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century Excerpt :

The first of its kind, this study examines the exemplars of hardcore horror--Fred Vogel's August Underground trilogy, Shane Ryan's Amateur Porn Star Killer series and Lucifer Valentine's "vomit gore" films. The author begins with a definition and critical overview of this marginalized subgenre before exploring its key aesthetic convention, the pursuit of realist horror. Production practices, exhibition and marketing strategies are discussed in an in-depth interview with filmmaker Shane Ryan. Audience reception is covered with a focus on fan interaction via the Internet.

Extreme Asia Book

Extreme Asia


  • Author : Daniel Martin
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-06-24
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748697465

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Extreme Asia Excerpt :

Extreme Asia charts the history of the recent cult Asian film invasion, covering a five-year period and focusing on the activities of the distribution company Tartan Films and their incredibly influential 'Asia Extreme' brand.

Beyond the Darkness Book

Beyond the Darkness


  • Author : Phil Russell
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Films, horror
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 1481865129

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Beyond the Darkness Excerpt :

"Fans of hardcore horror would fair well with this compendium" - Horrornews.net Beyond The Darkness is the first and only reference guide on the market to explore the most shocking, disturbing, and controversial films ever made. Along with plot synopsis, analysis, and background on the directors and actors, there are also details on censorship and the controversy sparked. The book also includes chapters on Spanish Horror under the Franco regime, the CAT III phenomenon, Mondo movies and shockumentaries, and an interview with legendary underground filmmaker, Nick Zedd. Everything from big budget mainstream films to arthouse oddities and obscurities and underground flicks are covered. In this book you're just as likely to read about despised filmmakers such as Andrey Iskanov, Fred Vogel, and Uwe Boll as you are such vital artists as Abel Ferrara, David Cronenberg, and Lars Von Trier. With more than 200 films covered it's a must-read for anyone interested in the darkside of cinema. "For fans of the horror genre this is a ***** Five star book" - Goodreads

Korean Horror Cinema Book

Korean Horror Cinema


  • Author : Alison Peirse
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-03-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748677658

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Korean Horror Cinema Excerpt :

As the first detailed English-language book on the subject, Korean Horror Cinema introduces the cultural specificity of the genre to an international audience, from the iconic monsters of gothic horror, such as the wonhon (vengeful female ghost) and the gumiho (shapeshifting fox), to the avenging killers of Oldboy and Death Bell. Beginning in the 1960s with The Housemaid, it traces a path through the history of Korean horror, offering new interpretations of classic films, demarcating the shifting patterns of production and consumption across the decades, and introducing readers to films rarely seen and discussed outside of Korea. It explores the importance of folklore and myth on horror film narratives, the impact of political and social change upon the genre, and accounts for the transnational triumph of some of Korea's contemporary horror films. While covering some of the most successful recent films such as Thirst, A Tale of Two Sisters, and Phone, the collection also explores the obscure, the arcane and the little-known outside Korea, including detailed analyses of The Devil's Stairway, Woman's Wail and The Fox With Nine Tails. Its exploration and definition of the canon makes it an engaging and essential read for students and scholars in horror film studies and Korean Studies alike.

Gothic Film Book

Gothic Film


  • Author : Richard J. Hand
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-03
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474448055

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Gothic Film Excerpt :

This anthology explores the resilience and ubiquity of the Gothic in cinema from its earliest days to its most contemporary iterations.

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas Book

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas


  • Author : Ken Provencher
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2018-01-11
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501319679

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Exploiting East Asian Cinemas Excerpt :

From the 1970s onward, “exploitation cinema” as a concept has circulated inside and outside of East Asian nations and cultures in terms of aesthetics and marketing. However, crucial questions about how global networks of production and circulation alter the identity of an East Asian film as “mainstream” or as “exploitation” have yet to be addressed in a comprehensive way. Exploiting East Asian Cinemas serves as the first authoritative guide to the various ways in which contemporary cinema from and about East Asia has trafficked across the somewhat-elusive line between mainstream and exploitation. Focusing on networks of circulation, distribution, and reception, this collection treats the exploitation cinemas of East Asia as mobile texts produced, consumed, and in many ways re-appropriated across national (and hemispheric) boundaries. As the processes of globalization have decoupled products from their nations of origin, transnational taste cultures have declared certain works as “art” or “trash,” regardless of how those works are received within their native locales. By charting the routes of circulation of notable films from Japan, China, and South Korea, this anthology contributes to transnationally-accepted formulations of what constitutes “East Asian exploitation cinema.”

Lars von Trier s Cinema Book

Lars von Trier s Cinema


  • Author : Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-11-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000427820

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This book offers a bold and dynamic examination of Lars von Trier’s cinema by interweaving philosophy and theology with close attention to aesthetics through style and narrative. It explores the prophetic voice of von Trier's films, juxtaposing them with Ezekiel's prophecy and Ricoeur’s symbols of evil, myth, and hermeneutics of revelation. The films of Lars von Trier are categorized as extreme cinema, inducing trauma and emotional rupture rarely paralleled, while challenging audiences to respond in new ways. This volume argues that the spiritual, biblical content of the films holds a key to understanding von Trier’s oeuvre of excess. Spiritual conflict is the mechanism that unpacks the films’ notorious excess with explosive, centrifugal force. By confronting the spectator with spiritual conflict through evil, von Trier's films truthfully and prophetically expose the spectator’s complicity in personal and structural evil, forcing self-examination through theological themes, analogous to the prophetic voice of the transgressive Hebrew prophet Ezekiel, his prophecy, and its form of delivery. Placed in context with the prophetic voices of Dante, Milton, Dostoyevsky, O’Connor, and Tarkovsky, this volume offers a theoretical framework beyond von Trier. It will be of great interest to scholars in Film Studies, Film and Philosophy, Film and Theology.