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American Independent Cinema: Rites of Passage and the Crisis Image

Anna Backman Rogers


Anna Backman Rogers argues that American independent cinema is a cinema not merely in crisis, but also of crisis. As a cinema which often explores the rite of passage by explicitly drawing on American cinematic heritage, from the teen movie to the western, American independent films deal in images of crisis, transition and metamorphosis, offering a subversive engagement with more traditional modes of representation. Examining films by Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch and Sofia Coppola, this study sets forth that American indie films offer the viewer an ‘art experience’ within the confines of commerc ... More

Keywords: American Indie Cinema, American Independent Cinema, Art Cinema, Independent film, Indie Film, Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant, Crisis, Rites of Passage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748693603
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Backman Rogers, author
University of Gothenberg

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