Screening the Past: Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema

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Taylor & Francis, Oct 8, 2004 - Performing Arts - 264 pages
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From Mildred Pierce and Brief Encounter to Raging Bull and In the Mood for Love, this lively and accessible collection explores film culture's obsession with the past, offering searching and provocative analyses of a wide range of titles.

Screening the Past engages with current debates about the role of cinema in mediating history through memory and nostalgia, suggesting that many films use strategies of memory to produce diverse forms of knowledge which challenge established ideas of history, and the traditional role of historians.

Classic essays sit side by side with new research, contextualized by introductions which bring them up to date, and provide suggestions for further reading as the work of contemporary directors such as Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Todd Haynes and Wong Kar-wai is used to examine the different ways they deploy creative processes of memory.

Pam Cook also investigates the recent history of film studies, reviewing the developments that have culminated in the exciting, if daunting, present moment. The result is a rich and stimulating volume that will appeal to anyone with an interest in cinema, memory and identity.

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About the author (2004)

Pam Cook is Professor of European Film and Media at the University of Southampton. She is co-editor of The Cinema Book (BFI, 1999), and her many publications on film include Fashioning the Nation: Costume and Identity in British Cinema (BFI, 1996) and I Know Where I'm Going! (BFI, 2002)

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