Celluloid Heroes Down Under: Australian Film, 1970-2000 Theodore F. Sheckels

ISBN: 9780275976774

Published: July 30th 2002

Hardcover

264 pages


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Celluloid Heroes Down Under: Australian Film, 1970-2000  by  Theodore F. Sheckels

Celluloid Heroes Down Under: Australian Film, 1970-2000 by Theodore F. Sheckels
July 30th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 264 pages | ISBN: 9780275976774 | 5.75 Mb

With films such as Muriels Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert finding recent success in American theaters, Australian cinema has never been as popular in North America as it is today.

This new study argues thatMoreWith films such as Muriels Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert finding recent success in American theaters, Australian cinema has never been as popular in North America as it is today. This new study argues that post-1970 Australian film is best described not as exhibiting phenomenal variety but as focused on a conception of heroism characterized by the love of freedom, the resentment of authority, and attachment to the land, along with anti-intellectualism, fatalism, and occasional sexism.

Tracing these themes through one hundred films, Scheckels explores the ways in which they are reflected through depictions of men, women, aboriginals, and youth, with each demographic group posing its own unique generic and cultural questions.Including films both elite and popular, excellent and flawed, Celluloid Heroes Down Under offers film-by-film discussions in seven chapters, making the volume both a highly readable study of a particular cinema and superb reference guide for its readers. Unlike previous studies of the nations film output, Sheckelss work presents its subject not as a miscellaneous collection but as a focused endeavor, a cohesive and undervalued component of world cinema.



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