Splice volume 1: issue 1 (1.1) (paperback)

Volume 1 issue 1 autumn 2006   100pp   £14.99

Contemporary film offers an insight into the world in which we live, and reflect our ambitions, our concerns and our fears. And it is often in the sphere of popular cinema, regularly overlooked by the critical cognoscenti, where we find the most interesting and relevant examples of work that can tell us something about ourselves, today. Splice is intended to bridge the gap between contemporary, often blockbuster, cinema and intelligent discourse for educators.

War of the Worlds – A Study in Representation
An in-depth consideration of one of 2005’s most successful films, Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, which compares its representations of gender, class and society in general with both the source novel of 1898 and the first Hollywood adaptation in 1953.

Arabs in Western Media – From The Sheik to Syriana
A timely review of the history of Arabs in popular Western cinema. What can we learn from these films and their treatment of ethnicity as products both of their time and of increasing global reach? And how have they influenced how we think of Arabs in the ‘real’ world?

Jafar Panahi’s Offside
How you can use this popular Iranian film in the classroom to stimulate discussion about culture, politics and citzenship.

Book Reviews
Radical Hollywood, New Europe.

 

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