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Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema

Jennifer O'Meara


This book examines the centrality of dialogue to American independent cinema, arguing that it is impossible to separate small budgets from the old adage that ‘talk is cheap’. Focusing on the 1980s until the present, particularly on films by writer-directors like Jim Jarmusch, Noah Baumbach and Richard Linklater, the book demonstrates dialogue’s ability to engage audiences and bind together the narrative, aesthetic and performative elements of selected cinema. When compared to the dialogue norms of more mainstream cinema, the verbal styles of these independent writer-directors are found to be m ... More

Keywords: Film dialogue, American cinema, Independent cinema, Contemporary cinema, Writer-directors, Film aesthetics, Reception studies, Auteur studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420624
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer O'Meara, author
University of St Andrews