Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global by Mark Shiel

By Mark Shiel

This booklet brings jointly the literature of city sociology and picture experiences to discover new analytical and theoretical methods to the connection among cinema and town, and to teach how those effect at the realities of existence in city societies.

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Most of Film Studies and most of Sociology seem to have now long since lost faith in the possibility that the individual nation or nation-state might be able to significantly resist globalization. This recognition has informed the acknowledgment of the growing importance of cities to Sociology and has underpinned recent theorizations of the demise of the power of national governments and structures in the global system. 36 Today, resistance is hard to identify. 40 Sameness and Difference The picture of globalization which recurs insistently in this book, then, consists of an opposition between homogenization and blandness, on the one hand, and pluralism and richness, on the other.

Cultures of Globalization (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998), p. 63. With reference to contemporary Hollywood and consumerism, the reader is particularly referred to Justin Wyatt, High Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1994). 18 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 Mark Shiel Wyatt (p. ” The most comprehensive study of the relationship of dominance and resistance between US (or Western) cinema and Third World filmmaking is undoubtedly Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media (London and New York: Routledge, 1994).

Cinema is a peculiarly spatial form of culture, of course, because (of all cultural forms) cinema operates and is best understood in terms of the organization of space: both space in films – the space of the shot; the space of the narrative setting; the geographical relationship of various settings in sequence in a film; the mapping of a lived environment on film; and films in space – the shaping of lived urban spaces by cinema as a cultural practice; the spatial organization of its industry at the levels of production, distribution, and exhibition; the role of cinema in globalization.

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