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Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context
edited by Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice
Blackwell Publishing, 2001
Available now
HB: ISBN 0-631-22243-X
PB: ISBN 0-631-22244-8
297pp, 21 illus.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a an exciting new edited volume,
published by Blackwell, entitled 'Cinema and the City: Film and Urban
Societies in a Global Context'.
'Cinema and the City' is concerned with the relationship between the most
important cultural form - cinema - and the most important form of social
organization - the city - in the twentieth century (and, for the time being
at least, the twenty-first) as this relationship operates and has been
experienced as a lived social reality from World War Two to the present.
The book is interested in the relationship between the cinema and the city
in a wide range of geographical and historical contexts but, particularly,
as it may help us to apprehend and respond to large social and cultural
processes such as globalization today.
Bringing together such disciplines as Film Studies, Sociology, Urban
Studies, and Geography, this book focuses on: the active role of film
production, distribution, and exhibition in the physical growth and identity
formation of cities worldwide; the integral role of cinema in the
contemporary global economy; the relationship between the uneven development
of cities and their film cultures; the ways in which different forms of
power and resistance, social organization, and urban structure may be
imagined and articulated in film and its political economy.
The book presents case studies ranging from the prototypical post-modern
city of Los Angeles, to the colonial and post colonial world. Specific
attention is devoted to the US (including LA, New York, Philadelphia,
Houston), Canada (Montréal), Europe (Milan, Paris, London, Dublin),
Australia (Sydney), South Africa (Johannesburg), Nigeria (Lagos), the
Philippines (Manila) and Vietnam (Saigon).
The book belongs to Blackwell's series Studies in Urban and Social Change -
which engages with the latest developments in urban and regional studies -
and aims to build and promote interdisciplinary contact between Film
Studies, Sociology and other fields, including Urban Studies, Geography,
Cultural Studies, and Architecture.

"This is a great synthetic volume, piecing together the various
intertextualities of film and sociology in our reading of the twentieth
century city, kickstarted by genealogies of Hollywood and Los Angeles from
Mike Davis and John Walton. A very impressive achievement."
John Orr, Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh

Table of Contents:

1) 'Cinema and the City in History and Theory': Mark Shiel
2) 'Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context': Tony Fitzmaurice

Section 1: Postmodern Mediations of the City: Los Angeles
3) 'Bunker Hill: Hollywood's Dark Shadow': Mike Davis
4) 'Film Mystery as Urban History: The Case of Chinatown': John Walton
5) 'Return to Oz: The Hollywood Redevelopment Project, or Film History as
Urban Renewal': Josh Stenger

Section 2: Urban Identities, Production and Exhibition
6) 'Shamrock: Houston's Green Promise': James Hay
7) 'From Workshop to Backlot: The Greater Philadelphia Film Office': Paul
8) 'Cities: Real and Imagined': Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
9) 'Emigrating to New York in 3-D: Stereoscopic Vision in IMAX's Cinematic
City': Mark Neumann
10) 'Finding a Place at the Downtown Picture Palace: The Tampa Theater,
Florida': Janna Jones
11) 'Global Cities and the International Film Festival Economy': Julian

Section 3: Cinema and the Postcolonial Metropolis
12) 'Streetwalking in the Cinema of the City: Capital Flows through Saigon':
J. Paul Narkunas
13) 'Cityscape: The Capital Infrastructuring and Technologization of Manila'
: Rolando B. Tolentino
14) 'The Politics of Dislocation: Airport Tales, The Castle': Justine Lloyd
15) 'Representing the Apartheid City: South African Cinema in the 1950s and
Jamie Uys's The Urgent Queue': Gary Baines
16) 'The Visual Rhetoric of the Ambivalent City in Nigerian Video Films':
Obododimma Oha
17) 'Montréal Between Strangeness, Home and Flow': Bill Marshall
18) '(Mis-) Representing the Irish Urban Landscape': Kevin Rockett

Section 4: Urban Reactions On-screen
Idealism and Defeat
19) 'Postwar Urban Redevelopment, the British Film Industry and The Way We
Live': Leo Enticknap
20) 'Naked: Social Realism and the Urban Wasteland': Mike Mason
Escape and Invasion
21) 'Jacques Tati's Play Time as New Babylon': Laurent Marie
22) 'Poaching on Public Space: Urban Autonomous Zones in French Banlieue
Films': Adrian Fielder


Dr Mark Shiel
Lecturer in Film Studies
School of Cultural Studies
Sheffield Hallam University
Psalter Lane Campus
Sheffield S11 8UZ
tel.: +44.114.2252621
fax: +44.114.2252603

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