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The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg

Beard, William

Editore: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2006
ISBN 10: 0802038077 / ISBN 13: 9780802038074
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Titolo: The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David ...

Casa editrice: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Data di pubblicazione: 2006

Legatura: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The first systematic examination in English of Cronenberg's feature films, from Stereo (1969) to Crash (1996). Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0802038077

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David Cronenberg is one of the most fascinating filmmakers in the world today. His provocative work has stimulated debate and received major retrospectives in museums, galleries, and cinematheques around the world. William Beard's The Artist as Monster was the first book-length scholarly work in English on Cronenberg's films, analyzing all of his features from Stereo (1969) to Crash (1996). In this paperback edition, Beard includes new chapters on eXistenZ (1999) and Spider (2002).

Through close readings and visual analyses, Beard argues that the structure of Cronenberg's cinema is based on a dichotomy between, on the one hand, order, reason, repression, and control, and on the other, liberation, sexuality, disease, and the disintegration of self and of the boundaries that define society. The instigating figure in the films is a scientist character who, as Cronenberg evolves as a filmmaker, gradually metamorphoses into an artist, with the ground of liberation and catastrophe shifting from experimental subject to the self.

Bringing a wealth of analytical observation and insight into Cronenberg's films, Beard's sweeping, comprehensive work has established the benchmark for the study of one of Canada's best-known filmmakers.

L'autore: William Beard is a professor and film studies program director in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

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