Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World

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University of Toronto Press, 2012 - Performing Arts - 367 pages
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Award-winning author David L. Pike offers a unique focus on the crucial quarter-century in Canadian filmmaking when the industry became a viable force on the international stage. Pike provides a lively, personal, and accessible history of the most influential filmmakers and movements of both Anglo-Canadian and Quebecois cinema, from popular movies to art film and everything in between.

Along with in-depth studies of key directors, including David Cronenberg, Patricia Rozema and Denys Arcand, Jean-Claude Lauzon, Robert Lepage, Léa Pool, Atom Egoyan, and Guy Maddin, Canadian Cinema since the 1980s reflects on major themes and genres and explores the regional and cultural diversity of the period. Pike positions Canadian filmmaking at the frontlines of a profound cinematic transformation in the age of global media and presents fresh perspectives on both its local and international contexts. Making a significant advance in the study of the film industry of the period, Canadian Cinema since the 1980s is also an ideal text for students, researchers, and Canadian film enthusiasts.

 

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Contents

What Is Canadian Cinema and What Happened to It at the End
3
Invisibility and Difference
17
David Cronenberg and the Canadian Imagination
48
The Eighties Worlds of Denys Arcand and Patricia Rozema
79
The Faces of Canadian Cinema
107
The New Internationalism of JeanClaude Lauzon Léa
144
Genre Filmmaking around the Turn of
171
The Death of the Author? The Case of Atom Egoyan
204
Margins and Ethnicities
227
Guy Maddin
267
Conclusion
284
Works Cited
317
Index
337
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David L. Pike is a professor in the Department of Literature at American University.

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