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The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood's Leading Genre

Liam Burke

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462036
eISBN:
9781626745193
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462036.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In the summer of 2000 X-Men surpassed all box office expectations and ushered in an era of unprecedented production of comic book film adaptations. This trend, now in its second decade, has blossomed ... More


Gangsters, Champions, and the History of the Boxing Film

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the history of the American boxing film from the coming of sound to the end of the twentieth century. It characterizes the chief cycles of film production in order to explain ... More


Why the Boxing Film?: The Meaningful Structure of the Boxing Film Genre

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter defines the boxing film genre and describes its conventions, including animating conflicts, model plot, major characters and settings, boxing’s mise-en-scène, and the viewer’s typical ... More


Art and Genre in Raging Bull (1980)

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the film, Raging Bull. It reviews the film’s production history and reception, and then analyzes the genre conventions governing plot, character, setting/iconography, ... More


Whither the Serial Killer Movie?

Philip L. Simpson

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers a critical overview of the serial killer film, especially in the light of the subgenre’s intense cultural significance during the 1980s and 1990s and its subsequent descent into ... More


“Hitting Below the Belt”: Violence, Suffering, and Male Emotion

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines violence in the boxing film, arguing that though an entertainment, the boxing film portrays suffering as central to experience. The genre also highlights conflicts between ... More


Body and Soul: The Conflict between the Flesh and the Spirit

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the body and soul conflict in the boxing film genre. The boxing film highlights the quest in American culture for a spiritual alternative to the sensual. In the genre, art, ... More


Epilogue: Into the Twenty-First Century

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This epilogue considers three boxing films that attracted a large audience in 2005—Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Million Dollar Baby, and Cinderella Man—and takes stock ... More


Romance and the Ring: Gender Conflict in the Boxing Film

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines romance in the boxing film. A crisis of masculinity is characteristic of the genre, where the boxer must choose between remaining loyal to the manly ethos of the ring, or ... More


“Down for the Count”: Critique of the Success Ethic in the Boxing Film

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how the boxing film genre uses changing historical perspectives to express the ongoing ambivalence in American culture toward market values and the success ethic. The analysis ... More


“On the Ropes”: The Conflict between Assimilation and the Indigenous Community

Leger Grindon

in Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739886
eISBN:
9781604739893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the conflict that appears in the boxing film: the conflict experienced by boxers between assimilation into mainstream society offered by success and loyalty to the marginalized ... More


Mission: Impossible (1996)

Douglas Keesey

in Brian De Palma's Split-Screen: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628466973
eISBN:
9781628467024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.003.0024
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the deception, duplicities, and trickster impulses embedded in De Palma's most financially successful blockbuster, the spy thriller, Mission: Impossible (1996). Notably, the ... More


Blow Out (1981)

Douglas Keesey

in Brian De Palma's Split-Screen: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628466973
eISBN:
9781628467024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines De Palma's distancing from his pigeonholed role as a “specialist in B-movie horror” in the film, Blow Out (1981). The film itself begins with a parody of a B-grade horror film, ... More


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