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Road Movies

From Muybridge and Méliès to Lynch and Kiarostami

Authors: Orgeron, D.

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Road Movies engages with two foundational twentieth century technologies: cinematic and automotive.  It is a book about road movies, a genre burdened by its own seductiveness. It is also, however, a book about images of human mobility more generally and the social function those images have served.

About the authors

Devin Orgeron is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at North Carolina State University.

Reviews

"A theoretically sophisticated and deeply considered study of the road movie. Drawing on a wide range of scholarly perspectives, Orgeron explores well-known works from major directors, and covers the history of the cinema from the time of Muybridge and Lumière to the contemporary period. His thorough scholarship and talent as a writer makes this an important book. With a bold and nuanced argument, Orgeron successfully links the stylistic development of the cinema and its growing cultural influence to the constellation of themes associated with the road." - Robert J. Burgoyne, Wayne State University

"Starting with strikingly original readings of Eadweard Muybridge s motion studies and of various silent films that depict automobile journeys, Orgeron s Road Movies argues that the cinema s analogous relation to the automobile as turn of the 20th century technologies of transportation and entertainment spectacle is in many cases an inverse one, as accelerated forward motion often leads to disaster, with equilibrium only recuperated with an abandonment of automobility and a return to the safely rooted domestic sphere. Throughout the rest of the book, he again and again disputes the accepted wisdom that the road equals an existential freedom and points to countervailing discourses in even such iconic road texts as Easy Rider, discourses that point to the way the road promotes the fragmenting of community and the negation of language as a meaningful medium of connection and communication. A daring and provocative study." - Ina Rae Hark, University of South Carolina; Co-editor of The Road Movie Book


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction Road Work Ahead

    Orgeron, Devin

    Pages 1-12

  • Early Cinema and the Mobilization of Narrative

    Orgeron, Devin

    Pages 13-46

  • Highways and Trails

    Orgeron, Devin

    Pages 47-73

  • Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless and the Road to the Road Movie

    Orgeron, Devin

    Pages 75-100

  • Misreading America in Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider

    Orgeron, Devin

    Pages 101-127

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Softcover $110.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Road Movies
Book Subtitle
From Muybridge and Méliès to Lynch and Kiarostami
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61021-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230610217
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60127-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37066-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 239
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