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American Independent CinemaRites of Passage and the Crisis Image$
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Anna Backman Rogers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693603

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693603.001.0001

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Chapter One

Chapter One

Chapter:
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American Independent Cinema
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Anna Backman Rogers

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693603.003.0002

Overtly, the film is about the trauma these boys suffer after the girls’ suicides and their inability to deal collectively with their deaths. On a formal level, however, the film is concerned with something quite different: the implicit violence of the adolescent rite of passage that pushes individuals into prescribed roles, and the irreparable harm that this can cause. It is this ‘implicit violence’ or reality that the boys truly cannot face up to. The film contains a lot of dreamlike and fantastical imagery; Coppola deliberately draws upon advertising campaigns from the 1970s and the photography from this period by William Eggleston and Sam Haskins in order to create instantly recognisable images that are evocative of a particular kind of feminine beauty that is at once both infantile and pornographic. The abundance of these fantastical kinds of images is one of the film’s most salient features.

Keywords:   American Indie Cinema, American Independent Cinema, Art Cinema, Independent film, Indie Film, Sofia Coppola, Crisis, Rites of Passage, Violence, Feminism

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