Academic journal article CineAction

Beyond the Narrative

Academic journal article CineAction

Beyond the Narrative

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The papers in this issue of CineAction cover a wide range of themes and approaches, but what ties them together is that they all look beyond the filmic narrative; it's not the plot that counts here, but the various meanings, ideas and connections that can be teased out of films when an analytic is applied. Two of the papers deal with a fresh look at specific genres: "Love in the Time of Calvary" is Brian Walter's reading of crucifixion films from the unusual viewpoint of male-female relationships; Luis Garcia-Mainar investigates the Spy genre by separating out a sub-genre, the 'Realist' Spy film, which includes, along with the action, an emphasis on the impact of the professional spy's choice on their personal life. Two other papers focus on the horror genre as filtered through the singular vision of David Cronenberg at the beginning stages of his film career. Michael Pepe offers up an analysis of Scanners (1981) as a 'baby-boomer psychodrama' in "Lefties and Hippies and Yuppies, Oh My!". Allan Maclnnis's piece offers a close study of three of Cronenberg's earliest films, Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977) and The Brood (1979), by opening up Robin Wood's sometimes scathing critiques of Cronenberg's work to see what can be said to hold true today. …

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