The Cinema of Urban Crisis

The Cinema of Urban Crisis

Seventies Film and the Reinvention of the City

  • Author: Webb, Lawrence
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • Serie: Cities and Cultures
  • ISBN: 9789089646378
  • eISBN Pdf: 9789048522996
  • Place of publication:  Amsterdam , Netherlands
  • Year of digital publication: 2014
  • Month: December
  • Pages: 424
  • DDC: 791.4
  • Language: English
In the 1970s, cities across the United States and Western Europe faced a deep social and political crisis that challenged established principles of planning, economics and urban theory. At the same time, film industries experienced a parallel process of transition, the effects of which rippled through the aesthetic and narrative form of the decade's cinema. The Cinema of Urban Crisis traces a new path through the cinematic legacy of the 1970s by drawing together these intertwined histories of urban and cultural change. Bringing issues of space and place to the fore, the book unpacks the geographical and spatial dynamics of film movements from the New Hollywood to the New German Cinema, showing how the crisis of the seventies and the emerging 'postindustrial' economy brought film and the city together in new configurations. Chapters cover a range of cities on both sides of the Atlantic, from New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco to London, Paris and Berlin. Integrating analysis of film industries and production practices with detailed considerations of individual texts, the book offers strikingly original close analyses of a wide range of films, from New Hollywood (The Conversation, The King of Marvin Gardens, Rocky) to European art cinema (Alice in the Cities, The Passenger, Tout va Bien) and popular international genres such as the political thriller and the crime film. Focusing on the aesthetic and representational strategies of these films, the book argues that the decade's cinema engaged with - and helped to shape - the passage from the 'urban crisis' of the late sixties to the neoliberal 'urban renaissance' of the early eighties. Splicing ideas from film studies with urban geography and architectural history, the book offers a fresh perspective on a rich period of film history and opens up new directions for critical engagement between film and urban studies.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Cinema and Urbanism after 1968
  • 1. Mapping New Hollywood: Spatial Perspectives
  • 2. Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Detroit: Narratives of Decline and Urban Renaissance
  • 3. New York City: Cinema and Crisis in the Entrepreneurial City
  • 4. San Francisco: Projections of Post-Fordism, Allegories of Independence
  • 5. Los Angeles: The Cinematic Aesthetics of Postmodern Urbanism
  • 6. Global Flight Paths: Towards a Transnational Urban Cinema
  • 7. London: The Crisis of Modernism and the End of Utopia
  • 8. Paris: Urban Revolutions: Film and Urban Theory after 1968
  • 9. Rome and Milan: The Anni di Piombo and the Politics of Space
  • 10. Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin: New German Cinema and the Urban Public Sphere
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Films and Television Programmes Cited in the Text
  • References
  • Index



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