Nihilism in Film and Television (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
226
Utgivningsdatum
2006-09-01
Upplaga
illustrated ed
Förlag
McFarland & Co Inc
Illustrationer
32 photographs
Dimensioner
234 x 158 x 19 mm
Vikt
294 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780786425471
Nihilism in Film and Television (häftad)

Nihilism in Film and Television

A Critical Overview from ""Citizen Kane"" to the ""Sopranos

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This book explores the idea of nihilism, as introduced by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, through its appearance in modern popular culture. The author defines and reflects upon nihilism, then explores its manifestation in film and television characters, stories, and settings. He surveys these fictional portrayals and makes a distinction between two forms of nihilism: passive life-denial and active self-realization. Among the subjects examined are the award-winning television series ""The Sopranos"" and the film noir genre that preceded and influenced it. Films probed include Orson Welles's masterpiece ""Citizen Kane"", the films of Stanley Kubrick, Neil Jordan's controversial ""The Crying Game"" and Richard Linklater's unconventional ""Waking Life"". Finally, the author considers nihilism in terms of the decay of traditional values in the genre of westerns, mostly through works of filmmaker John Ford. In the concluding chapter, the author broadens the lessons gleaned from these studies, maintaining that the question of the possible meaninglessness of life must be recognized and appreciated before people can overcome its life-negating effects.
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Kevin L. Stoehr is associate professor of humanities at Boston University and lives in Wells, Massachusetts.