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Landscape Allegory in Cinema: From Wilderness to Wasteland Hardcover – June 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0230104075 ISBN-10: 023010407X

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023010407X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230104075
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,327,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Melbye’s Landscape Allegory in Cinema addresses a significant gap in film studies by focusing on the role that landscape plays in film from silents through the '70's.  By examining the role of landscape in painting, photography and literature, as well as film, Melbye has made the case for the symbolic role of landscape in twentieth-century cinema.”—Robert Folkenflik, Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor of English, University of California, Irvine

“In his autobiography, Kurosawa Akira, claimed that in his classic Rashomon he had used the forest wilderness around Nara to figure ‘people going astray in the thickets of their hearts.’  Such an allegorical use of landscape has regularly fascinated film semioticians, but David Melbye is the first to provide a systematic overview of the topic.  His succinct but penetrating  survey of the use of landscape in classical literature and in European and US painting demonstrates how representations of the natural world could be simultaneously realistic and idealized. In this, they provide the basis for cinema’s use of landscape as itself a protagonist in narrative, rather than merely its context.  Melbye’s analysis continues though early forms of cinema, but arrives at its main concerns in films of social critique, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, both avant-garde and industrial. Ranging from Bosch to Brakhage, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses to Lawrence of Arabia and Vanishing Point, his ambitious and persuasive study is sure to be attractive to film scholars and popular audiences alike.”—David E. James, Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

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David Melbye is an independent scholar and teaches cinema and media studies courses in Southern California.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria-Dolores Garcia-Borron on May 9, 2013
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Interesting, but too short . This one really fails to honour its long title. Anyway, not too bad ; but not to read twice.
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