World Film Locations: Las Vegas

Edited by Marcelline Block

Edited by Marcelline Block

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781841505886 Published May 2012

Sin and redemption. The ridiculous and the sublime. The carnivalesque excess of the Strip and the barrenness of the desert surrounding the city. Visited by millions of fortune seekers—and starry-eyed lovers—each year, Las Vegas is a city with as many apparent contradictions as Elvis impersonators, and this complexity is reflected in the diversity of films that have been shot on location there. 
            A copiously illustrated retrospective of Vegas’s appearances on the big screen, this new volume in Intellect’sWorld Film Locations series presents synopses of scenes from a broad selection of films—from big-budget blockbusters like Oceans 11 to acclaimed classics Rain Man, Casino, and The Godfather to cult favorites like Showgirls and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Insightful essays throughout explore a range of topics, including the Rat Pack’s Las Vegas, the cinematized Strip, Las Vegas as a frequent backdrop for science fiction, and the various film portrayals of iconic pop-cultural figures like Elvis and Frank Sinatra. Rounding out this information are film stills juxtaposed with photographs of the locations as they appear today.
            World Film Locations: Las Vegas goes beyond the clichés of Sin City to examine what Hal Rothman and Mike Davis called “the grit beneath the glitter,” thus providing an opportunity to find out more about the unique position Vegas occupies in the popular imagination.

Contents
Introduction

Las Vegas: City of the Imagination
      David Sterritt
Map of Scenes 1–8: 1957–1980
Pack Mentality: The Vegas of the Original Ocean's Eleven
      Walter Raubicheck
Map of Scenes 9–16: 1982–1988
Electric Dreams: Lighting Up The Strip Sydney Pollack Style
      Carol Cling
Map of Scenes 17–24: 1988–1995
Fear and Loathing: Las Vegas and the Cinema of American Excess
      Mike King
Map of Scenes 25–32: 1995–1998
Strings Attached: Las Vegas in Science Fiction 'B' Movies
      Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoàng
Map of Scenes 33–39: 1999–2005
Dream Machine: Las Vegas as Mythical Destination
      Oana Chivoiu
Map of Scenes 40–46: 2007–2010
Beyond the Strip: Life and Culture on the Outer Limits of 'Sin City'
      David Dickens

Resources
Contributor Bios
Filmography
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