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Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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"A brilliant, patchwork statement about the future of the cinema—spoiler alert: there is a future—in the face of reports of its imminent demise...Hoberman’s book is a broadly accessible errand in the articulation of how we might imagine digital cinema to reflect twenty-first century culture."—Los Angeles Review of Books
"Spirited, thought-provoking and popping with fresh perspectives."—Wall Street Journal
"[Film After Film] does what Hoberman does best: use movies and movie culture as a prism for understanding political events—and vice versa."—Film Comment
“J. Hoberman is probably the most acute political analyst of cinema among
the medium’s regular commentators. You won’t find a closer reading of how films made in the first decade or so of the twenty-first century intermeshed with the issues of their day than this volume.” Nick James, Sight and Sound
“Hoberman wittily traces the interlocking of political reality and moviemaking fantasies, to often disturbing effect.” Financial Times
“A dense, fascinating assemblage … by turns jocular and brilliantly reflective.” Cineaste
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I do not think that the thoughts Hoberman offers on the fate of 21st Century Cinema, with respect to its fate in the previous century, are among his best; I think Hoberman is better off when he focuses on a certain number of films, and writes as a film critic more than a film theorist, still, it was a pleasurable read for a film fan.
Several film sites review "Film After Film"... One of the best is:
(I hope linking to that review is allowed. avclub.com is a cool movie and book review site, and their review, by John Semley there, does a fine job of professionally discussing J. Hoberman's book.)
Like most of Hoberman's writing, this book is more poetic and deeply developed than say, Denby or Thomson, but that's because he's a historian, a professor of film, and a social scholar as well as a film reviewer. He recently co-wrote a catalog for the Whitney Museum of American Art with curator Jay Sanders, and has written on the Jewish theatre in New York CIty. So his writing is not breezy, although often is anecdotal and joyous, the way I find a favorite film book of mine, City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's by Otto Friedrich. Another book I highly recommend.
Hoberman's book is perhaps a double-feature for City of Nets, as it takes New York City from say 1999 to 2012, with the shock and horrors of the Twin Towers falling as the end of film (my condensation). He says in his preface, which outlines his intentions with the book:
"No less than Titanic or The Lord of the RIngs trilogy or the saga of Harry Potter (and actually, a good deal more so,) the events of 9/11 were a show of cinematic might.
This is not to say that twentieth-century cinema no longer exists - even ninteenth-century cinema is with us still.Read more ›
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A must for serious film buffs. Hoberman wrote for the Village Voice when it meant somethingPublished 20 months ago by B. Roth PhD
This book is a great history of film in the early 2000s and beyond, great essay and point of view, highly recommend it.Published on December 30, 2012 by Camille Bertrand