The Cinema of Urban Crisis

Seventies Film and the Reinvention of the City

Lawrence Webb

The Cinema of Urban Crisis

Lawrence Webb

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

424 pages | 15 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789089646378 Published September 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Cinema of Urban Crisis explores the relationships between cinema and urban crises in the United States and Europe in the 1970s. Discussing films by Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick, and Jean-Luc Godard, among others, Lawrence Webb reflects on processes of globalization and urban change that were beginning to transform cities like New York, London, and Berlin. Throughout, the 1970s are conceptualized as a historically distinctive period of crisis in capitalism, which reorganized urban landscapes and produced cultural innovation, technological change, and new configurations of power and resistance. Addressing themes of interest for film, cultural, and urban studies, this book is a compelling take on cinema from both sides of the Atlantic.
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The Cinema of Urban Crisis is instantly a classic study on the relationship between the city and the cinema. The breadth and scope of this magnificent work is remarkable; Webb . . . has a seemingly limitless knowledge of urban history, political movements and ideology, and film. . . . This is an outstanding and important work. . . . Essential.”
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