New Hollywood violence

Edited by Steven Schneider

New Hollywood violence

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6723-5
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: October 2004
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Film history, theory & criticism, Film and Media
  • Series: Inside Popular Film


New Hollywood violence is a groundbreaking collection of essays devoted to an interrogation of various aspects, dimensions, and issues relating to the depiction of violence in New Hollywood filmmaking. 'New Hollywood' refers to the return to genre filmmaking following America's flirtation with European art cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and is characterised by vast production budgets, and special effects.

Focusing on the motivations, the formal and stylistic qualities and the cultural politics of violence as well as the effects on viewers, the collection is divided into four sections: 'Surveys and schemas'; 'Spectacle and style'; 'Race and gender' and 'Politics to ideology'. An Afterword by Stephen Prince reflects on the various essays and points the way towards areas of future exploration.


List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction - Steven Jay Schneider
Preface - Thomas Schatz
I Surveys and schemas
1. The 'film violence' trope: New Hollywood, 'the sixties', and the politics of history - J. David Slocum
2. Hitchcock and the dramaturgy of screen violence - Murray Pomerance
3. Violence redux - Martin Barker
4. The big impossible: Action-adventure's appeal to adolescent boys - Theresa Webb and Nick Browne
II Spectacle and style
5. Aristotle v. the action film - Thomas Leitch
6. 'Killingly funny': Mixing modalities in New Hollywood's comedy-with-violence - Geoff King
7. Killing in style: The aestheticization of violence in Donald Cammell's 'White of the Eye' - Steven Jay Schneider
8. Terrence Malick's war film sutra: Meditating on 'The Thin Red Line' - Fred Pheil
III Race and Gender
9. From homeboy to 'Baby Boy': Masculinity and violence in the films of John Singleton - Paula J. Massood
10. 'Once upon a time there were three little girls.': Girls, violence and 'Charlie's Angels' - Jacinda Read
11. Playing with fire: Women, art and danger in American movies of the 1980s - Susan Felleman
IV Politics and ideology
12. From 'blood auteurism' to the violence of pornography: Sam Peckinpah and Oliver Stone - Sylvia Chong
13. 'Too much red meat!' - David Tetzlaff
14. Tarantino's deadly homosocial - Todd Onderdonk
15. 'Fight Club' and the political (im)potence of consumer era revolt - Ken Windrum
Afterward - Stephen Prince


Steven Jay Schneider is a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University

Newsletter Sign Up

Manchester University Press

Your cart is empty.

Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

(Based on standard shipping costs)

Final cost calculated on checkout
Promotional codes can be added on Checkout