Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism (Paperback)
  • Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism (Paperback)
zoom

Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism (Paperback)

(author)
£25.49
Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 24/09/2015
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
With iconic movies like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, and Carnal Knowledge, Mike Nichols was the most prominent American director during the cultural upheavals of the 1960s. Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism argues that he overhauled the style of psychological realism, and, in doing so, continues to shape the legacies of Hollywood cinema. It also reveals that misreadings of his films were central to foundational debates at the emergence of Cinema Studies as a discipline, inviting new reflections on critical dogma. Focusing on Nichols' classic movies, as well as later films such as Silkwood, The Birdcage, and Angels in America, Kyle Stevens demonstrates that Nichols' realism lies not in the plausibility of his characters but in their inherent mystery. By attending to the puzzling words and silences, breaths and laughter, that comprise these characters, Stevens uncovers new insights into the subversive potential of a range of cinematic elements, and reveals how Nichols' satirical oeuvre, and Hollywood itself, participated in several of the nation's most urgent social, political, and philosophical advances.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199375813
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 234 x 165 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This special book tells the fascinating tale of Mike Nichols, an extraordinary man who made many major contributions to the American stage and cinema as an actor and producer as well as a theater and film director ... [a] mature and thoughtful rendering of the long and complicated life of Mike Nichols. No doubt others will have a go at it as well in the years ahead, but surely this book will provide much that is useful for such future efforts. * Monroe Friedman, Journal of American Culture *
this clear, elegant analysis does justice to the great director ... For all of Stevens's command of theory, his great gift is his close analyses of individual shots, phrases, and moments from Nichols's work. * M. Yacowar, CHOICE *

You may also be interested in...

The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov
Added to basket
Coppola, Francis Ford
Added to basket
Von Sternberg
Added to basket
£34.00
Hardback
Wes Anderson Collection
Added to basket
Roman Polanski
Added to basket
£17.99
Paperback
Coppola
Added to basket
£19.99
Hardback
Hitchcock and the Spy Film
Added to basket
The Stanley Kubrick Archives
Added to basket
Starting Point: 1979-1996 (paperback)
Added to basket
Of Walking In Ice
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Ayoade on Ayoade
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Lars Von Trier
Added to basket
£26.99
Paperback
At Your Own Risk
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The World is Ever Changing
Added to basket
Roberto Rossellini: Magician of the Real
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.