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Smart Cinema, DVD Add-Ons and New Audience Pleasures

Authors: Brereton, P.

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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.

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PAT BRERETON 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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'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

'Through accessible and insightful close readings, Smart Cinema brings together movies from different countries, genres, and directors in order to show how how these films participate in the wider cultures of cinephilia. Brereton is especially sharp in his assessment of the role of DVD extras in promoting new modes of cinematic storytelling.'

- Chuck Tryon, Fayetteville State University, USA

'From Donnie Darko to Pixar, this is a fascinating and timely overview of 21st Century western cinema's defining feature: its smartness. Brereton gives new insights into the digital technologies, complex storytelling and savvy audiences that typify film culture today, through accessible analyses of Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Be Kind Rewind, In Bruges, Inception and many others. As smart as the films it studies.'

- Ernest Mathijs, University of British Columbia, Canada


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction to Smart Cinema

    Brereton, Pat

    Pages 1-19

  • Postmodernism, Parody and Smart Cinema: Case Studies of Lynch, Tarantino and Soderbergh

    Brereton, Pat

    Pages 20-42

  • Independent New Smart Creatives and Niche Marketing – Case Studies of Richard Linklater, Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan and Michel Gondry

    Brereton, Pat

    Pages 43-62

  • Smart Cult Classics: Case Studies of Donnie Darko, American Beauty and Magnolia

    Brereton, Pat

    Pages 63-86

  • European Art and Smart Cinema – Case Studies of Run Lola Run, Amélie and Breaking the Waves

    Brereton, Pat

    Pages 87-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Smart Cinema, DVD Add-Ons and New Audience Pleasures
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-02708-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137027085
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-28277-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-32856-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 256
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