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American Independent Cinema : rites of passage and the crisis image

Authors Anna Backman Rogers
ISBN 9780748693603
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Place of publication Edinburgh
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Language en
Keywords American Independent Cinema, Deleuze, Rites of Passage, Crisis
Subject categories Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Arts, Other Humanities


Anna Backman Rogers argues that American independent cinema is a cinema not merely in crisis, but also of crisis. As a cinema which often explores the rite of passage by explicitly drawing on American cinematic heritage, from the teen movie to the western, American independent films deal in images of crisis, transition and metamorphosis, offering a subversive engagement with more traditional modes of representation. Examining films by Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch and Sofia Coppola, this study sets forth that American indie films offer the viewer an ‘art experience’ within the confines of commercial, narrative cinema by engaging with cinematic time (as a mode of philosophical thought) and foregrounding the inherent ‘crisis’ of the cinematic image (as the mode of being as change). Key features Case studies include: The Virgin Suicides, Elephant, Dead Man, Last Days, Somewhere and Broken Flowers Argues for the relevance and importance of American indie cinema as a mode of ‘art’ cinema that offers a challenging viewing experience to a broad audience Engages with and develops on recent scholarship on American independent film from a formal perspective Situates analysis of indie film within the context of American generic cinematic (and historical) traditions

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