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New PDF release: Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American

By Eric Lichtenfeld

ISBN-10: 0819568015

ISBN-13: 9780819568014

For greater than 30 years, the motion motion picture has been the movie style that almost all represents Hollywood to the realm, as motion movies locate blockbuster good fortune at field workplaces across the world. nonetheless, the style seldom gets the severe consciousness it merits. learning its developments, key elements, and visible excesses, this new and improved version of motion Speaks Louder lines the genre's evolution to bare the way it has come to imagine its position of prominence in American tradition. With ratings of in-depth case studies--including movies similar to soiled Harry, RoboCop, Die not easy, deadly Weapon, Armageddon, Spider-Man, warfare of the Worlds, and The Incredibles--author Eric Lichtenfeld attracts on movie research, construction histories, serious responses, studio advertising fabrics, and unique filmmaker interviews. up to date and entire, motion Speaks Louder is the definitive learn of the movies' such a lot kinetic kind of enjoyable.

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It may be an irony inherent to genre filmmaking: regardless of how Westerns and action films may champion the individual in the face of an arbitrary system, the characters' journeys are always, to one degree or another, predetermined. But a genre film's mythos is also a product of the visual landscape that frames the action and the characters' development. In Death Wish, that landscape is New York-noir, dark and punishing from the opening credits. In contrast, the film's pre-credit sequence finds the Kerseys on a Hawaiian beach in a scene more akin to From Here to Eternity than anything to be found later in 36 ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER Death Wish.

Death Wish, based on Brian Garfield's 1972 novel, is the story of Manhattan architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson, a former Western and war film star), who turns to vigilantism after his wife and daughter are savagely attacked and the police can do nothing. Following his wife's death and daughter's catatonía, but before setting out to prey on New York's predators, Paul accepts an assignment in Arizona. Here, Paul's client takes him to Old Tuscon's "famous movie location and studio," a fake Western town where occasionally, Westerns are filmed and stunt shows are performed.

Both men wear sunglasses. Their eyes—and with them, their thoughts—are hidden from view. As Harry's investigation continues, he compares slugs taken from the victim's bodies to those discharged from Davis'sgun. Standing near the center of a small ballistics lab, Harry is surrounded by weapons and cartridges. A high, overhead angle reveals scores of handguns laid out on the tables around Harry; the camera's wide-angle lens creates a slightly fish-eyed, or distorted, effect. As Harry peers through a microscope, the filmmakers cut to a low angle that furthers the cramped effect, but this time shows rifles racked up behind Harry.

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