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Contemporary Action Cinema

Lisa Purse


Action cinema is a popular and familiar form that reflects the cultural, industrial and historical landscape from which it emerges. This study analyses action cinema's pleasures and complexities in the light of its cinematic history and the latest critical debates. Focussing on 2000s action cinema, the book explores visual style, narrative, representation and various contexts of production through a diverse series of case studies including Avatar (2009), Casino Royale (2006), The Hurt Locker (2008) and Banlieue 13 (2004). The first three chapters address contemporary action cinema's aesthetics ... More

Keywords: Action cinema, Phenomenological film theory, Close textual analysis, Representation, Aesthetics, Action sequence, Film spectatorship, Body, Spectacle, Genre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748638178
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Purse, author