Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie (Wesleyan Film)

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9780819568014: Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie (Wesleyan Film)
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"Despite their importance to Hollywood's financial bottom line both domestically and abroad, action movies always seem to get short shrift from the film elite. Author Eric Lichtenfeld attempts to correct that oversight with his compelling genre study Action Speaks Louder. It's the perfect accompaniment to the high-octane summer movie season....Utilizing reviews, interviews, promotional materials and the films themselves, Lichtenfeld gives each trend its due in thoughtful, analytical terms. What emerges is an intelligent, coherent and frequently illuminating study of a genre that has become firmly entrenched in pop culture Action Speaks Louder flies in the face of those who hope to marginalize action films and look down on them as "popcorn entertainment" somehow unworthy of serious consideration. The book encourages the idea that, although some action films may be "mindless," our reaction to them doesn't have to be."-Variety "Since Bonnie and Clyde came to the screen in 1967, action film has been more emblematic of America's issues than any other film genre. Lichtenfeld mines interviews, publicity materials, and production records for surprises that will fascinate....Recommended. All collections; all levels."-Choice "In "Dirty Harry," Clint Eastwood says, "You have to ask yourself. 'Do I feel lucky?'" You'll feel lucky reading this gem, which traces the history of action films....Lichtenfeld excels at defining the connections between action films and our social constructs about masculinity.""-Playboy Magazine "In 'Dirty Harry, ' Clint Eastwood says, 'You have to ask yourself. 'Do I feel lucky?'' You'll feel lucky reading this gem, which traces the history of action films... Lichtenfeld excels at defining the connections between action films and our social constructs about masculinity."--Kate Rockland, Playboy "�A�n intelligent, coherent and frequently illuminating study of a genre that has become firmly entrenched in pop culture...The book encourages the idea that, although some action films may be 'mindless, ' our reaction to them doesn't have to be."--Geoffrey Berkshire, Variety Variety" "[A]n intelligent, coherent and frequently illuminating study of a genre that has become firmly entrenched in pop culture...The book encourages the idea that, although some action films may be 'mindless, ' our reaction to them doesn't have to be."--Geoffrey Berkshire "Variety" (1/1/2005 12:00:00 AM) [A]n intelligent, coherent and frequently illuminating study of a genre that has become firmly entrenched in pop culture The book encourages the idea that, although some action films may be mindless, our reaction to them doesn't have to be. Geoffrey Berkshire, Variety"

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For more than 30 years, the action movie has been the film genre that most represents Hollywood to the world, as action films find blockbuster success at box offices internationally. Still, the genre seldom receives the critical attention it deserves. Studying its trends, key components, and visual excesses, this new and expanded edition of Action Speaks Louder traces the genre's evolution to reveal how it has come to assume its place of prominence in American culture. With scores of in-depth case studies-including films such as Dirty Harry, RoboCop, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Armageddon, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, and The Incredibles-author Eric Lichtenfeld draws on film analysis, production histories, critical responses, studio marketing materials, and original filmmaker interviews. Up-to-date and comprehensive, Action Speaks Louder is the definitive study of the movies' most kinetic form of fun.

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