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The Death of Classical Cinema: Hitchcock, Lang, Minnelli (review)

The Death of Classical Cinema: Hitchcock, Lang, Minnelli (review) Book Review the death of classical cinema: hitchcock, lang, minnelli Joe McElhaney. Albany: New York Press, 2006, 255 pp. the death of classical cinema is by far the most comprehensive look at three distinct filmmakers and their approach between classical and modernist cinema. Author Joe McElhaney defines in the introduction of his book the differences between the classical and modernist approaches to filmmaking. The introduction not so much gives us a detailed narrative of the history of film up to the modernist period, but details the changes that have taken place since the end of World War II. All three filmmakers highlighted in this book--Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, and Vincente Minnelli--began their careers prior to the war, but their work changed dramatically as time progressed up until the 1970s. Each of them has established a considerable amount of work to be analyzed, but each has one film that can be considered a breaking point in his career. The examination of these breaking points in the book offers detailed explanations about the filmmakers' decline in their respective careers--a decline according to audience reception, but not so much according to critics and theorists who have studied these films. At first http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

The Death of Classical Cinema: Hitchcock, Lang, Minnelli (review)

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 60 (3-4) – Oct 3, 2008

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Book Review the death of classical cinema: hitchcock, lang, minnelli Joe McElhaney. Albany: New York Press, 2006, 255 pp. the death of classical cinema is by far the most comprehensive look at three distinct filmmakers and their approach between classical and modernist cinema. Author Joe McElhaney defines in the introduction of his book the differences between the classical and modernist approaches to filmmaking. The introduction not so much gives us a detailed narrative of the history of film up to the modernist period, but details the changes that have taken place since the end of World War II. All three filmmakers highlighted in this book--Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, and Vincente Minnelli--began their careers prior to the war, but their work changed dramatically as time progressed up until the 1970s. Each of them has established a considerable amount of work to be analyzed, but each has one film that can be considered a breaking point in his career. The examination of these breaking points in the book offers detailed explanations about the filmmakers' decline in their respective careers--a decline according to audience reception, but not so much according to critics and theorists who have studied these films. At first

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Oct 3, 2008

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