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Yannis Tzioumakis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633685

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633685.001.0001

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David Mamet and ‘Indie’ Cinema

David Mamet and ‘Indie’ Cinema

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(p.28) 2. David Mamet and ‘Indie’ Cinema
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The Spanish Prisoner
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Yannis Tzioumakis

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633685.003.0003

The Chapter examines David Mamet’s position within the independent and indie cinema landscapes. It starts with an overview of Mamet’s work in American cinema and points to the problem that despite the fact that the majority of his work has been for independent companies and studio specialty film divisions, he rarely has been examined as an independent filmmaker. This is despite the fact that as a filmmaker he has produced aesthetically distinctive films that differ considerably from mainstream Hollywood productions. Furthermore, the independent and indie film companies that have financed and distributed his films have increasingly utilised his name as an auteur brand name for the independent sector, which begs further the question of why David Mamet has rarely been discussed as an independent filmmaker. Through an examination of the trailers and other promotional material that surrounded the release of his films, the chapter explores the ways in which Mamet has been associated with American independent cinema.

Keywords:   Indie film, Film authorship, Film trailers, David Mamet, Classics divisions, Auteur, American independent cinema

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