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Screening Violence (Paperback): Stephen Prince Screening Violence (Paperback)
Stephen Prince
R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Graphic cinematic violence is a magnet for controversy. From passionate defenses to outraged protests, theories abound concerning this defining feature of modern film: Is it art or exploitation, dangerous or liberating?

Screening Violence provides an even-handed examination of the history, merits, and effects of cinematic "ultraviolence." Movie reviewers, cinematographers, film scholars, psychologists, and sociologists all contribute essays exploring topics such as:
-- the origins and innovations of film violence and attempts to regulate it
-- Hollywood's Production Code and the evolution of the ratings system
-- the explosion of screen violence following the 1967 releases of Bonnie and Clyde and The Dirty Dozen, and the lasting effects of these landmark films
-- the aesthetics of increasingly graphic screen violence
-- the implications of our growing desensitization to murder and mayhem, from The Wild Bunch to The Terminator

The Ballad of Robert Charles - Searching for the New Orleans Riot of 1900 (Paperback): K Stephen Prince The Ballad of Robert Charles - Searching for the New Orleans Riot of 1900 (Paperback)
K Stephen Prince
R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For a brief moment in the summer of 1900, Robert Charles was arguably the most infamous black man in the United States. After an altercation with police on a New Orleans street, Charles killed two police officers and fled. During a manhunt that extended for days, violent white mobs roamed the city, assaulting African Americans and killing at least half a dozen. When authorities located Charles, he held off a crowd of thousands for hours before being shot to death. The notorious episode was reported nationwide; years later, fabled jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton recalled memorializing Charles in song. Yet today, Charles is almost entirely invisible in the traditional historical record. So who was Robert Charles, really? An outlaw? A black freedom fighter? And how can we reconstruct his story? In this fascinating work, K. Stephen Prince sheds fresh light on both the history of the Robert Charles riots and the practice of history-writing itself. He reveals evidence of intentional erasures, both in the ways the riot and its aftermath were chronicled and in the ways stories were silenced or purposefully obscured. But Prince also excavates long-hidden facts from the narratives passed down by white and black New Orleanians over more than a century. In so doing, he probes the possibilities and limitations of the historical imagination.

Movies and Meaning: Pearson New International Edition (Paperback, 6th edition): Stephen Prince Movies and Meaning: Pearson New International Edition (Paperback, 6th edition)
Stephen Prince
R1,582 Discovery Miles 15 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This comprehensive introduction to film text focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. Using clear, accessible, and jargon-free writing, this is the only introductory film text to examine the elements of film style and the viewer's contribution to the cinema experience. How do viewers interpret the effects filmmakers create? How do filmmakers anticipate, and build on, the likely ways viewers will react to certain kinds of stories and audio-visual designs? The text examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen. This approach helps students understand not only the basic concepts but also how their own reactions and opinions impact the overall film experience."

Apocalypse Cinema (Paperback): Stephen Prince Apocalypse Cinema (Paperback)
Stephen Prince
R339 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R56 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Savage Cinema - Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies (Paperback, New): Stephen Prince Savage Cinema - Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies (Paperback, New)
Stephen Prince
R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

., ."an extraordinary work ...beautifully written ...Prince has recuperated Peckinpah's reputation as one of the most important artists of the postwar American cinema-perhaps the crucial link between late classical and postmodern Hollywood." -- David A. Cook, Director, Film Studies Program, Emory University, and author of History of Narrative Film

More than any other filmmaker, Sam Peckinpah opened the door for graphic violence in movies. In this book, Stephen Prince explains the rise of explicit violence in the American cinema, its social effects, and the relation of contemporary ultraviolence to the radical, humanistic filmmaking that Peckinpah practiced.

Prince demonstrates Peckinpah's complex approach to screen violence and shows him as a serious artist whose work was tied to the social and political upheavals of the 1960s. He explains how the director's commitment to showing the horror and pain of violence compelled him to use a complex style that aimed to control the viewer's response.

Prince offers an unprecedented portrait of Peckinpah the filmmaker. Drawing on primary research materials-- Peckinpah's unpublished correspondence, scripts, production memos, and editing notes-- he provides a wealth of new information about the making of the films and Peckinpah's critical shaping of their content and violent imagery. This material shows Peckinpah as a filmmaker of intelligence, a keen observer of American society, and a tragic artist disturbed by the images he created.

Prince's account establishes, for the first time, Peckinpah's place as a major filmmaker. This book is essential reading for those interested in Peckinpah, the problem of movie violence, andcontemporary American cinema.

Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (Paperback, New): Stephen Prince Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (Paperback, New)
Stephen Prince
R410 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch is one of the most influential films in American cinema. The intensity of its violence was unprecedented, while the director's use of multiple cameras, montage editing, and slow motion quickly became the normative style for rendering screen violence. Demonstrating to filmmakers the power of irony as a narrative voice and its effectiveness as a tool for exploring and portraying brutality, The Wild Bunch fundamentally changed the Western, moving it into a more brutal and psychopathic territory than it had ever occupied. This volume includes newly commissioned essays by several leading scholars of Peckinpah's work. Examining the film's production history from script to screen, its rich and ambivalent vision of American society, and its relationship to the Western genre, among other topics, it provides a definitive reinterpretation of an enduring film classic.

Apocalypse Cinema (Hardcover): Stephen Prince Apocalypse Cinema (Hardcover)
Stephen Prince
R1,568 R1,281 Discovery Miles 12 810 Save R287 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
American Cinema Of The 1980S: Themes And Variations (Paperback): Stephen Prince American Cinema Of The 1980S: Themes And Variations (Paperback)
Stephen Prince
R744 Discovery Miles 7 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During the 1980s, American cinema underwent enormous transformations. Blockbusters like "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "E.T.," and "The Empire Strikes Back" grabbed huge revenues for the studios. At the same time, the growth of home video led to new and creative opportunities for independent film production, resulting in many of the decade's best films. Both large- and small-scale filmmakers responded to the social, political, and cultural conditions of the time. The two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan spawned a new Cold War with the Soviet Union, which Hollywood film both embraced and critiqued. Also during this time, Hollywood launched a long-awaited cycle of films about the Vietnam War, exploring its impact both at home and abroad. But science fiction remained the era's most popular genre, ranging from upbeat fantasies to dark, dystopic visions.
Bringing together original essays by ten respected scholars in the field, "American Cinema of the 1980s" examines the films that marked the decade, including "Ordinary People," "Body Heat," " Blade Runner," "Zelig," " Platoon," "Top Gun," "Aliens," "Blue Velvet," "Robocop," " Fatal Attraction," "Die Hard," "Batman," and "sex, lies & videotape."

A Dream of Resistance - The Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki (Hardcover): Stephen Prince A Dream of Resistance - The Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki (Hardcover)
Stephen Prince
R893 Discovery Miles 8 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Celebrated as one of Japan's greatest filmmakers, Kobayashi Masaki's scorching depictions of war and militarism marked him as a uniquely defiant voice in post-war Japanese cinema. A pacifist drafted into Japan's Imperial Army, Kobayashi survived the war with his principles intact and created a body of work that was uncompromising in its critique of the nation's military heritage. Yet his renowned political critiques were grounded in spiritual perspectives, integrating motifs and beliefs from both Buddhism and Christianity. A Dream of Resistance is the first book in English to explore Kobayashi's entire career, from the early films he made at Shochiku studio, to internationally-acclaimed masterpieces like The Human Condition, Harakiri, and Samurai Rebellion, and on to his final work for NHK Television. Closely examining how Kobayashi's upbringing and intellectual history shaped the values of his work, Stephen Prince illuminates the political and religious dimensions of Kobayashi's films, interpreting them as a prayer for peace in troubled times. Prince draws from a wealth of rare archives, including previously untranslated interviews, material that Kobayashi wrote about his films, and even the young director's wartime diary. The result is an unprecedented portrait of this singular filmmaker.

The Warrior's Camera - The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa - Revised and Expanded Edition (Paperback, Revised edition): Stephen... The Warrior's Camera - The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa - Revised and Expanded Edition (Paperback, Revised edition)
Stephen Prince
R1,022 R801 Discovery Miles 8 010 Save R221 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, who died at the age of 88, has been internationally acclaimed as a giant of world cinema. "Rashomon," which won both the Venice Film Festival's grand prize and an Academy Award for best foreign-language film, helped ignite Western interest in the Japanese cinema. "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo" remain enormously popular both in Japan and abroad. In this newly revised and expanded edition of his study of Kurosawa's films, Stephen Prince provides two new chapters that examine Kurosawa's remaining films, placing him in the context of cinema history. Prince also discusses how Kurosawa furnished a template for some well-known Hollywood directors, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas.

Providing a new and comprehensive look at this master filmmaker, "The Warrior's Camera" probes the complex visual structure of Kurosawa's work. The book shows how Kurosawa attempted to symbolize on film a course of national development for post-war Japan, and it traces the ways that he tied his social visions to a dynamic system of visual and narrative forms. The author analyzes Kurosawa's entire career and places the films in context by drawing on the director's autobiography--a fascinating work that presents Kurosawa as a Kurosawa character and the story of his life as the kind of spiritual odyssey witnessed so often in his films. After examining the development of Kurosawa's visual style in his early work, "The Warrior's Camera "explains how he used this style in subsequent films to forge a politically committed model of filmmaking. It then demonstrates how the collapse of Kurosawa's efforts to participate as a filmmaker in the tasks of social reconstruction led to the very different cinematic style evident in his most recent films, works of pessimism that view the world as resistant to change.

Tough Ain't Enough - New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman, David Desser Tough Ain't Enough - New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman, David Desser; Contributions by Lester D. Friedman, David Desser, Stephen Prince, …
R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Throughout his lengthy career as both an actor and a director, Clint Eastwood has appeared in virtually every major film genre and, at this point in his career, has emerged as one of America's most popular, recognizable, and respected filmmakers. He also remains a controversial figure in the political landscape, often characterized as the most prominent conservative voice in mostly liberal Hollywood. At Eastwood's late age, his critical success as actor and director, his combative willingness to confront serious cultural issues in his films, and his undeniable talent behind the camera all call for a new and comprehensive study that considers and contextualizes his multiple roles, both on and off screen. Tough Ain't Enough offers readers a series of original essays by prominent cinema scholars that explore the actor-director's extensive career. The result is a far-reaching and nuanced portrait of one of America's most prolific and thoughtful filmmakers.

Remembering the Memphis Massacre - An American Story (Paperback): Beverly Greene Bond, Susan Eva O'Donovan Remembering the Memphis Massacre - An American Story (Paperback)
Beverly Greene Bond, Susan Eva O'Donovan; Foreword by Greg Downs; Contributions by Jim Downs, Carole Emberton, …
R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

On May 1, 1866, a minor exchange between white Memphis city police and a group of black Union soldiers quickly escalated into murder and mayhem. Changes wrought by the Civil War and African American emancipation sent long-standing racial, economic, cultural, class, and gender tensions rocketing to new heights. For three days, a mob of white men roamed through South Memphis, leaving a trail of blood, rubble, and terror in their wake. By May 3, at least forty-six African American men, women, and children and two white men lay dead. An unknown number of black people had been driven out of the city. Every African American church and schoolhouse lay in ruins, homes and businesses burglarized and burned, and at least five women had been raped. As a federal military commander noted in the days following, "what [was] called the 'riot'" was "in reality [a] massacre" of extended proportions. It was also a massacre whose effects spread far beyond Memphis, Tennessee. As the essays in this collection reveal, the massacre at Memphis changed the trajectory of the post-Civil War nation. Led by recently freed slaves who refused to be cowed and federal officials who took their concerns seriously, the national response to the horror that ripped through the city in May 1866 helped to shape the nation we know today. Remembering the Memphis Massacre brings this pivotal moment and its players, long hidden from all but specialists in the field, to a public that continues to feel the effects of those three days and the history that made them possible.

A New Pot of Gold - Hollywood under the Electronic Rainbow, 1980-1989 (Paperback): Stephen Prince A New Pot of Gold - Hollywood under the Electronic Rainbow, 1980-1989 (Paperback)
Stephen Prince
R999 R772 Discovery Miles 7 720 Save R227 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Facing an economic crisis in the 1980s, the Hollywood industry moved boldly to control the ancillary markets of videotape, video disk, pay-cable and pay-per-view, and the major studios found themselves targeted for acquisition by global media and communications companies. This volume examines the decade's transformation that took Hollywood from the production of theatrical film to media software. Some of the films discussed in this volume include: "Platoon"; "Do the Right Thing"; "Blue Velvet"; "Diner"; "E.T."; "Batman"; and, "Body Heat".

Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Paperback): Charleton Charleton Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Paperback)
Charleton Charleton; Created by Stephen Prince B 1827 [From Ol Twiss
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Paperback): Charleton (Mass Town), Stephen Prince B 1827... Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Paperback)
Charleton (Mass Town), Stephen Prince B 1827 Twiss
R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Hardcover): Charleton (Mass Town), Stephen Prince B 1827... Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Hardcover)
Charleton (Mass Town), Stephen Prince B 1827 Twiss
R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Stories of the South - Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915 (Paperback): K Stephen Prince Stories of the South - Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915 (Paperback)
K Stephen Prince
R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, the character of the South, and even its persistence as a distinct region, was an open question. During Reconstruction, the North assumed significant power to redefine the South, imagining a region rebuilt and modeled on northern society. The white South actively resisted these efforts, battling the legal strictures of Reconstruction on the ground. Meanwhile, white southern storytellers worked to recast the South's image, romanticizing the Lost Cause and heralding the birth of a New South. In Stories of the South, K. Stephen Prince argues that this cultural production was as important as political competition and economic striving in turning the South and the nation away from the egalitarian promises of Reconstruction and toward Jim Crow. Examining novels, minstrel songs, travel brochures, illustrations, oratory, and other cultural artifacts produced in the half century following the Civil War, Prince demonstrates the centrality of popular culture to the reconstruction of southern identity, shedding new light on the complicity of the North in the retreat from the possibility of racial democracy.

Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Hardcover): Charleton Charleton Addresses at the Unveiling of the Portrait of General Salem Towne (Hardcover)
Charleton Charleton; Created by Stephen Prince B 1827 [From Ol Twiss
R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Digital Cinema (Hardcover): Stephen Prince Digital Cinema (Hardcover)
Stephen Prince
R1,376 R1,283 Discovery Miles 12 830 Save R93 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Digital Cinema considers how new technologies have revolutionized the medium, while investigating the continuities that might remain from filmmaking's analog era. In the process, it raises provocative questions about the status of realism in a pixel-generated digital medium whose scenes often defy the laws of physics. It also considers what these changes might bode for the future of cinema. How will digital works be preserved and shared? And will the emergence of virtual reality finally consign cinema to obsolescence? Stephen Prince offers a clear, concise account of how digital cinema both extends longstanding traditions of filmmaking and challenges some fundamental assumptions about film. It is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how movies are shot, produced, distributed, and consumed in the twenty-first century.

Remembering the Memphis Massacre - An American Story (Hardcover): Beverly Greene Bond, Susan Eva O'Donovan Remembering the Memphis Massacre - An American Story (Hardcover)
Beverly Greene Bond, Susan Eva O'Donovan; Foreword by Greg Downs; Contributions by Jim Downs, Carole Emberton, …
R1,939 Discovery Miles 19 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

On May 1, 1866, a minor exchange between white Memphis city police and a group of black Union soldiers quickly escalated into murder and mayhem. Changes wrought by the Civil War and African American emancipation sent long-standing racial, economic, cultural, class, and gender tensions rocketing to new heights. For three days, a mob of white men roamed through South Memphis, leaving a trail of blood, rubble, and terror in their wake. By May 3, at least forty-six African American men, women, and children and two white men lay dead. An unknown number of black people had been driven out of the city. Every African American church and schoolhouse lay in ruins, homes and businesses burglarized and burned, and at least five women had been raped. As a federal military commander noted in the days following, "what [was] called the 'riot'" was "in reality [a] massacre" of extended proportions. It was also a massacre whose effects spread far beyond Memphis, Tennessee. As the essays in this collection reveal, the massacre at Memphis changed the trajectory of the post-Civil War nation. Led by recently freed slaves who refused to be cowed and federal officials who took their concerns seriously, the national response to the horror that ripped through the city in May 1866 helped to shape the nation we know today. Remembering the Memphis Massacre brings this pivotal moment and its players, long hidden from all but specialists in the field, to a public that continues to feel the effects of those three days and the history that made them possible.

Firestorm - American Film in the Age of Terrorism (Hardcover): Stephen Prince Firestorm - American Film in the Age of Terrorism (Hardcover)
Stephen Prince
R1,954 R1,688 Discovery Miles 16 880 Save R266 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It was believed that September 11th would make certain kinds of films obsolete, such as action thrillers crackling with explosions or high-casualty blockbusters where the hero escapes unscathed. While the production of these films did ebb, the full impact of the attacks on Hollywood's creative output is still taking shape. Did 9/11 force filmmakers and screenwriters to find new methods of storytelling? What kinds of movies have been made in response to 9/11, and are they factual? Is it even possible to practice poetic license with such a devastating, broadly felt tragedy?

Stephen Prince is the first scholar to trace the effect of 9/11 on the making of American film. From documentaries like "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004) to zombie flicks, and from fictional narratives such as "The Kingdom" (2007) to Mike Nichols's "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), Prince evaluates the extent to which filmmakers have exploited, explained, understood, or interpreted the attacks and the Iraq War that followed, including incidents at Abu Ghraib. He begins with pre-9/11 depictions of terrorism, such as Alfred Hitchcock's "Sabotage" (1936), and follows with studio and independent films that directly respond to 9/11. He considers documentary portraits and conspiracy films, as well as serial television shows (most notably Fox's "24") and made-for-TV movies that re-present the attacks in a broader, more intimate way. Ultimately Prince finds that in these triumphs and failures an exciting new era of American filmmaking has taken shape.

Blood Lad Collection (Japanese, English, Blu-ray disc): Matthew Mercer, Caitlin Chang, Erica Mendez, Kyle Hebert, Kira... Blood Lad Collection (Japanese, English, Blu-ray disc)
Matthew Mercer, Caitlin Chang, Erica Mendez, Kyle Hebert, Kira Buckland, … 1
R890 Discovery Miles 8 900 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Complete collection of the Japanese anime series. The series revolves around a vampire from the demon world called Staz Charlie Blood (voice of Bryce Papenbrook) who, unlike his kin, refuses to attack human beings and spends most of his time playing video games and daydreaming about visiting humans. Things change dramtically for Staz when one day an ordinary girl called Fuyumi Yanagi (Xanthe Huynh), is accidentally transported to Staz's demon world through a mysterious portal. When Fuyimi is attacked by a demon, Staz tries to intervene but can ultimately not prevent her death. She is turned into a ghost and Staz vows to help the girl of his dreams restore her life, travelling across worlds in search of a solution.

Firestorm - American Film in the Age of Terrorism (Paperback): Stephen Prince Firestorm - American Film in the Age of Terrorism (Paperback)
Stephen Prince
R719 R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Save R114 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It was believed that September 11th would make certain kinds of films obsolete, such as action thrillers crackling with explosions or high-casualty blockbusters where the hero escapes unscathed. While the production of these films did ebb, the full impact of the attacks on Hollywood's creative output is still taking shape. Did 9/11 force filmmakers and screenwriters to find new methods of storytelling? What kinds of movies have been made in response to 9/11, and are they factual? Is it even possible to practice poetic license with such a devastating, broadly felt tragedy?

Stephen Prince is the first scholar to trace the effect of 9/11 on the making of American film. From documentaries like "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004) to zombie flicks, and from fictional narratives such as "The Kingdom" (2007) to Mike Nichols's "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), Prince evaluates the extent to which filmmakers have exploited, explained, understood, or interpreted the attacks and the Iraq War that followed, including incidents at Abu Ghraib. He begins with pre-9/11 depictions of terrorism, such as Alfred Hitchcock's "Sabotage" (1936), and follows with studio and independent films that directly respond to 9/11. He considers documentary portraits and conspiracy films, as well as serial television shows (most notably Fox's "24") and made-for-TV movies that re-present the attacks in a broader, more intimate way. Ultimately Prince finds that in these triumphs and failures an exciting new era of American filmmaking has taken shape.

The Ballad of Robert Charles - Searching for the New Orleans Riot of 1900 (Hardcover): K Stephen Prince The Ballad of Robert Charles - Searching for the New Orleans Riot of 1900 (Hardcover)
K Stephen Prince
R2,222 Discovery Miles 22 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For a brief moment in the summer of 1900, Robert Charles was arguably the most infamous black man in the United States. After an altercation with police on a New Orleans street, Charles killed two police officers and fled. During a manhunt that extended for days, violent white mobs roamed the city, assaulting African Americans and killing at least half a dozen. When authorities located Charles, he held off a crowd of thousands for hours before being shot to death. The notorious episode was reported nationwide; years later, fabled jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton recalled memorializing Charles in song. Yet today, Charles is almost entirely invisible in the traditional historical record. So who was Robert Charles, really? An outlaw? A black freedom fighter? And how can we reconstruct his story? In this fascinating work, K. Stephen Prince sheds fresh light on both the history of the Robert Charles riots and the practice of history-writing itself. He reveals evidence of intentional erasures, both in the ways the riot and its aftermath were chronicled and in the ways stories were silenced or purposefully obscured. But Prince also excavates long-hidden facts from the narratives passed down by white and black New Orleanians over more than a century. In so doing, he probes the possibilities and limitations of the historical imagination.

Classical Film Violence - Designing and Regulating Brutality in Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1968 (Paperback): Stephen Prince Classical Film Violence - Designing and Regulating Brutality in Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1968 (Paperback)
Stephen Prince
R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This work examines the interplay between the aesthetics and the censorship of violence in classic Hollywood films from 1930 to 1968, the era of the Production Code, when filmmakers were required to have their scripts approved before they could start production. Stephen Prince explains how Hollywood's filmmakers designed violence in response to the regulations of the Production Code Administration (PCA) and regional censors. Taking this one step further, he shows that graphic violence in contemporary films actually has its roots in these early films. He explains how Hollywood's filmakers were drawn to violent scenes and how they ""pushed the envelope"" of what they could depict by manipulating the PCA. Examining violent scene construction in key films of the period, Prince shows that many choices about camera positions, editing and blocking of the action and sound were functional responses by filmmakers to regulatory constraints, necessary for clearing release approval from the PCA and then in surviving scrutiny by the nation's state and municipal censor boards. Prince's study is a stylistic history of American screen violence that is grounded in industry documentation. Using PCA files, he traces the negotiations over violence carried out by filmmakers and PCA officials and then shows how these negotiations left their traces on picture and sound in the finished films. Almost everything revealed by this research is contrary to what most have believed about Hollywood and film violence. Chapters include ""Throwing the Extra Punch"" and ""Cruelty, Sadism and the Horror Film"".

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