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Traditions in World Cinema takes a more sophisticated and wide-ranging approach! This collection contains plenty of useful and informative material [and] several chapters throw light on neglected corners of cinematic history. Times Higher Education Supplement Traditions in World Cinema takes a more sophisticated and wide-ranging approach! This collection contains plenty of useful and informative material [and] several chapters throw light on neglected corners of cinematic history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Linda Badley is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun-Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University in South Carolina.Steven Jay Schneider is an adjunct lecturer in the department of media culture at the City University of New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (February 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813538742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813538747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in Style: Artistic Murder in the Movies, Understanding Film Genres, and Traditions in World Cinema. He is also a consultant for film, television, and home video/DVD production companies, a curator for world horror film programs, and a staff member in development for Paramount Pictures. Among his recent titles are 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors, both available in North America from Barron's. Two additional titles from Barron's are scheduled for publication in Spring 09. They are 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2006
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This book basically says that you should step outside your particular national and cultural environment, and get a good glimpse of movie making in a global sense. Of course, for most of us, movies means those made or financed by Hollywood. Inarguably, Hollywood by itself is a global viewpoint. Possibly the predominant one.

But Badley and other authors in this book enliven us with understandings of movie making trends elsewhere. One chapter discusses the ferment in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism. While another chapter relates the struggles of African cinema, both during and after colonialism. And Mottahedeh describes the travails of Iranian cinema after the fall of the Shah. Where directors and actors often vie against Islamic censors. Further east, Teo gives an all-too-brief synopsis of Chinese cinema after World War 2. It would be nice to have a more thorough commentary on the Hong Kong industry, for example.

Of course, no book on global films would be complete without a section on the vibrant Bollywood scene.

The only criticism of this book is that the lack of space permits only brief coverages of many complex national cinemas. Though this might be unfair. Badley was not trying to put together a huge tome. But to give you a sampling across the world.
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