Touring the Screen: Tourism and New Zealand Film Geographies

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Intellect Books, 2011 - Art - 231 pages
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Following the success of prominent feature films shot on location, including Tolkien's wildly popular The Lord of the Rings, New Zealand boasts an impressive film tourism industry. This book examines the relationship between New Zealand's cinematic representation—as both a vast expanse of natural beauty and a magical world of fantasy on screen—and its tourism imagery, including the ways in which savvy local tourism boards have in recent decades used the country's film representations to sell New Zealand as a premiere travel destination. Focusing on the films that have had a strong impact on marketing strategies by local tourist boards, Touring the Screen will be of interest to all those working and studying in the fields of cinema, postcolonial history, and tourism studies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Early New Zealand Films and Western Voyag
13
New Zealand Film Landscapes for Cinenauts
33
FilmTourist Geographies and the Aesthetic of the Sublime
71
The Filmic Journey Indigenous Traveller
107
Dépaysement and Worship in The Last Samurai
135
Heterotopian Impulse Western Anxiety and Spatial Identity in The Lord of the Rings ...
161
Conclusions
195
Filmography
205
Bibliography
211
BackCover
233
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About the author (2011)

Alfio Leotta teaches film studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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