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Smart cinema, DVD add-ons and new audience pleasures /
Pat Brereton.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
viii, 256 p.
ISBN
0230282776 (hbk.), 9780230282773 (hbk.)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
0230282776 (hbk.)
9780230282773 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8590208
 
Includes bibliographical references(p. 242-250) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Pat Brereton is Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Research in the School of Communications at Dublin City University, Ireland. His previous publications include Hollywood Utopia: Ecology in Contemporary American Cinema (2005) and A Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema (co-edited, 2007). His work has also been widely published in journals.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-02-01:
"Smart cinema," Brereton (Dublin City University, Ireland) writes in his introduction, includes "a broad range of post-1990s indie films, alongside a few mainstream films which break many of the old classic linear narrative and generic rules that have helped to define Hollywood and its alternative 'art' cinema." In addition to treating many cult classics, Brereton provides throughout textual analyses of large studio blockbusters that do not have any relationship to this "smart film" genre. What makes Brereton's study unique is his inclusion of commentary on the special features contained in the DVD releases of these films. But though this provides a new perspective to some of the discussion, the focus is primarily on the films themselves; the author leaves the DVD features dangling, as an afterthought that loosely ties the different chapters together. Discussion of the real and potential impact of streaming media on the viewing experience as well as the delivery of such special features is notably absent. Whereas the textual analyses of many of the films would stand well on their own, Brereton relies on the presence of extra features in the DVDs of these disparate films to create a cohesive collection--a tactic that is largely unsuccessful. Summing Up: Optional. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. B. H. McMillin Pratt Institute
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'This book is using 'smart' in at least three ways in relation to cinema: first, in taking up ideas on smart films and their audiences, particularly as these have been articulated by Jeffrey Sconce, as the best way of thinking about a wide range of mostly independent films that rely and play on an assumed advanced cinematic literacy in their audience; second, in relation to the bonus material provided on DVDs, which constitutes not merely a form of marketing but also and more interestingly an educational resource and a site of additional pleasurable engagement with the films that it accompanies; and third, in thinking about the use of digital technologies at all levels of the film industry, including in relation to the nature and organization of content (narrative) that emphasize similarities with newer digital forms such as computer games. All these sense of smart are in play in the book, which makes a particular claim to originality in its focus on DVD add-ons.' - Denis Condon, National University of Ireland
This book is using "smart" in at least three ways in relation to cinema: first, in taking up ideas on smart films and their audiences, particularly as these have been articulated by Jeffrey Sconce, as the best way of thinking about a wide range of mostly independent films that rely and play on an assumed advanced cinematic literacy in their audience; second, in relation to the bonus material provided on DVDs, which constitutes not merely a form of marketing but also and more interestingly an educational resource and a site of additional pleasurable engagement with the films that it accompanies; and third, in thinking about the use of digital technologies at all levels of the film industry, including in relation to the nature and organization of content (narrative) that emphasize similarities with newer digital forms such as computer games. All these sense of smart are in play in the book, which makes a particular claim to originality in its focus on DVD add-ons. - Denis Condon, National University of Ireland
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Summaries
Main Description
Examining post-1990s Indie cinema alongside more mainstream films, Brereton explores the emergence of smart independent sensibility and how films break the classic linear narratives that have defined Hollywood and its alternative "art" cinema. The work explores how bonus features on contemporary smart films speak to new generational audiences.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Examining post-1990s indie cinema alongside more mainstream films, Pat Brereton explores the emergence of smart independent sensibility and how films break the classic linear narratives that have defined Hollywood and its alternative 'art' cinema.
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Examines Smart/Independent cinema and their audiences using DVD add-ons
Long Description
Smart movies broadly encapsulate what have been described as a reflexive and playful postmodern tendency and are augmented by the specific attributes of contemporary new digital media. These new attributes are drawn from video games and music videos in particular, as well as other new generational e-pleasures and tastes. Pat Brereton examines a broad range of post-1990s Indie and mainstream films that break many of the old classic linear narrative and generic rules which helped to define Hollywood and its alternative 'art' cinema. This work particularly explores how bonus features attached to smart DVDs are capable of speaking to new generational audiences. There is a continuing need for a creative and critical dialogue with new generations of students and audiences to help reinvigorate the study of film. DVD add-ons provide a useful bridge between new media and conventional film study, while assisting in exploring how new generational film fans relate to smart cinema.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction to Smart Cinemap. 1
Postmodernism, Parody and Smart Cinema: Case Studies of Lynch, Tarantino, and Soderberghp. 20
Independent New Smart Creatives and Niche Marketing - Case Studies of Richard Linklater, Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, and Michel Gondryp. 43
Smart Cult Classics: Case Studies of Donnie Darko, American Beauty, and Magnoliap. 63
European Art and Smart Cinema - Case Studies of Run Lola Run, Amélie, and Breaking the Wavesp. 87
Smart Irish Comedy - Case Studies of When Brendan Met Trudy, Intermission and In Brugesp. 104
Social Realism and Contemporary British Smart Cinema: Case Studies of Trainspotting, Timecode and Sexy Beastp. 121
Smart Green/Nature Animation: Case Studies of Pixar - Wall-E, Up and Toy Storyp. 141
Smart Science Fiction, DVD Add-Ons and New Media Logics - A Reading of Spielberg's Minority Report, AI: Artificial Intelligence and War of the Worldsp. 159
Smart Post-9/11 Narratives - From Defining Ur-Narratives Forrest Gump and Fight Club to Three Kings and United 93p. 176
Conclusions and Future Researchp. 199
Outline History of New Media DVDsp. 210
List of Bonus Featuresp. 212
Notesp. 220
Bibliographyp. 242
Select Filmography: Smart Filmp. 251
Indexp. 252
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