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Melnyk, George / Film And The City

SKU 9781927356593 / Film And The City: The Urban Imaginary In Canadian Cinema / Melnyk
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Examining fourteen Canadian films produced from the late 1980s onward, including Denys Arcand’s Jesus de Montreal (1989), Mina Shum’s Double Happiness (1994), and Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg (2007), Film and the City is the first comprehensive study of Canadian film and “urbanity”—the totality of urban culture and life as refracted through the filmmaker’s prism. Drawing on insights from both film and urban studies and building upon issues of identity formation long debated in Canadian studies, Melnyk considers how filmmakers interpret and employ the spatiality, visuality, and orality of urban space and how audiences read the films that result. In this way, Film and the City argues that Canadian narrative film of the postmodern period has contributed to the articulation of a new, multifaceted understanding of national identity.

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