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Some months ago there were someone in the list searching film histories =
which
wouldn't be too concentrated in Hollywood cinema and preferably to speak=
 
also about foreign cinema. I just found (in one old article) a reference=
 to
Robert Kolker's book The Altering Eye: Contemporary International Cinema=
.
The book semms to be alittle bit old, printed in 1983 Oxford University =
Press.
Anyway, does anyone of you know this book? Is it still useful?
 
Book's preface says as following (according to Burton's article,
Screen, 1986): "... is the first major contemporary history to give Thir=
d World
films more than token attention. Kolker focuses on films "made in the sp=
irit
of resistance, rebellion, and refusal", and more specially on "films mad=
e in
Europe and Latin America... in reaction to American cinema, often to Ame=
rica
itself, yet dependent upon... the conventions and attitudes of American =
films
and culture...". He argues that "in fact no direct split between filmmak=
ing
in America and elsewhere exists. There is rather an interplay in which t=
he
dominant style (or styles) of American movies are always present to be d=
enied, expanded upon, embraced, and rejected, only to be embraced again.=
"
 
Mari Maasilta
 
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