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EXTREME CINEMA: THE TRANSGRESSIVE RHETORIC OF TODAY'S ART FILM CULTURE. Mattias Frey. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2016. 298 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780813576497 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171926. Publisher's description: From Shortbus to Shame and from Oldboy to Irreversible, film festival premieres regularly make international headlines for their shockingly graphic depictions of sex and violence. Film critics and scholars alike often regard these movies as the work of visionary auteurs, hailing directors like Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier as heirs to a tradition of transgressive art. In this provocative new book, Mattias Frey offers a very different perspective on these films, exposing how they are also calculated products, designed to achieve global notoriety in a competitive marketplace. Paying close attention to the discourses employed by film critics, distributors, and filmmakers themselves, Extreme Cinema examines the various tightropes that must be walked when selling transgressive art films to discerning audiences, distinguishing them from generic horror, pornography, and Hollywood product while simultaneously hyping their salacious content. Deftly tracing the links between the local and the global, Frey also shows how the directors and distributors of extreme art house fare from both Europe and East Asia have significant incentives to exaggerate the exotic elements that would differentiate them from Anglo-American product.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171927
Paperbound $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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