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Mourning Films: A Critical Study of Loss and Grieving in Cinema Richard  Armstrong

Mourning Films: A Critical Study of Loss and Grieving in Cinema

Richard Armstrong

Published December 15th 2012
ISBN : 9780786466993
Paperback
212 pages
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The first in-depth study of its subject, this book seeks to account for a type of modernist film that revolves around bereavement. Identifying the roots of the genre in classical melodrama and horror cinema, and tracing perennial themes and aestheticMoreThe first in-depth study of its subject, this book seeks to account for a type of modernist film that revolves around bereavement. Identifying the roots of the genre in classical melodrama and horror cinema, and tracing perennial themes and aesthetic devices through to the European and American intellectual melodramas of the postwar decades, the book provides a taxonomy of characteristics. In the course of detailed case studies, the book deploys the film theory of Gilles Deleuse and Daniel Frampton while making use of Freudian psychoanalysis and present-day grief counselling theory. In making its case for the new genre has, in the post-classical period, responded to changing exhibition patterns, the rise of domestic spectatorship and the proliferation of Web-based film literature. Richard Armstrong is an associate tutor affiliated with the British Film Institute. He writes for Film Quarterly, the Times Higher Education Supplement and Metro, and lives in the United Kingdom.