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BIOPICS: A LIFE IN PICTURES. Ellen Cheshire. Wallflower Press, Columbia University Press, New York, 2014. Short Cuts. 144 pp. ISBN 9780231172059 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Biopics contains a series of case studies that throw light on this most unique of genres. Is the biopic a genre in its own right, or are such films merely footnotes in other, more traditional genres, such as the western or costume drama? Unlike other genres, biopics seem to share no familiar iconography, codes, or conventions. What links them are the films' depiction of an "important" person's life. Through a carefully selected range of thematically linked (English language) biopics released since 1990, this book explores key issues surrounding their resurgence, narrative structure, production, subject representation or misrepresentation, and critical response. The films under discussion are grouped around professions (writers, singers, politicians, sportsmen, criminals, artists), allowing for comparisons in approaches to similar subject matter.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 163361
Paperbound $20.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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