"I can think of no topic more central to film studies than 'Cinema
and Modernity.' Facet after facet of both terms gleams when rotated
in the intermittent light of this fascinating anthology." --Dudley
Andrew, professor of film studies and comparative literature, Yale
University "This book amply confirms cinema's continuing vitality
in the modern world. . . . I can't imagine a film scholar who would
not find something of value in this rich anthology." --Scott
Bukatman, author of Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and
Supermen in the 20th Century The modern impulse gave us captivating
technology and dark anxiety, rampant mobility and a world filled
with strangers, the futuristic city and a fragmentation of
experience. Motion pictures--the quintessence of modernism--entered
into this cultural, technical, and philosophical richness with a
vast public appeal and a jarring new vision of what life could be.
In Cinema and Modernity, Murray Pomerance brings together new
essays by seventeen leading scholars to explore the complexity of
the essential connection between film and modernity. Among the many
films considered are Detour, Shock Corridor, The Last Laugh,
Experiment in Terror, The Great Dictator, Leave Her to Heaven, The
Talented Mr. Ripley, Eyes Wide Shut, Sunrise, The Crowd, The Shape
of Things to Come, The War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood
Still, Scarlet Street, Shadow of a Doubt, Stella Dallas, The Blue
Angel, Sullivan's Travels, and Catch Me If You Can. Murray
Pomerance is a professor and chair in the sociology department at
Ryerson University in Toronto. He is the coeditor of the Screen
Decades series and the author of numerous books, including Johnny
Depp Starts Here and An Eye for Hitchcock.
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