Stages of Reality: Theatricality in Cinema

Edited by André Loiselle and Jeremy Maron

© 2011

A groundbreaking collection of original essays, Stages of Reality establishes a new paradigm for understanding the relationship between stage and screen media. This comprehensive volume explores the significance of theatricality within critical discourse about cinema and television.

Stages of Reality connects the theory and practice of cinematic theatricality through conceptual analyses and close readings of films including The Matrix and There Will be Blood. Contributors illuminate how this mode of address disrupts expectations surrounding cinematic form and content, evaluating strategies such as ostentatious performances, formal stagings, fragmentary montages, and methods of dialogue delivery and movement. Detailing connections between cinematic artifice and topics such as politics, gender, and genre, Stages of Reality allows readers to develop a clear sense of the multiple purposes and uses of theatricality in film.

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Detailing connections between cinematic artifice and topics such as politics, gender, and genre, Stages of Reality allows readers to develop a clear sense of the multiple purposes and uses of theatricality in film.

Stages of Reality: Theatricality in Cinema

Edited by André Loiselle and Jeremy Maron

© 2011

A groundbreaking collection of original essays, Stages of Reality establishes a new paradigm for understanding the relationship between stage and screen media. This comprehensive volume explores the significance of theatricality within critical discourse about cinema and television.

Stages of Reality connects the theory and practice of cinematic theatricality through conceptual analyses and close readings of films including The Matrix and There Will be Blood. Contributors illuminate how this mode of address disrupts expectations surrounding cinematic form and content, evaluating strategies such as ostentatious performances, formal stagings, fragmentary montages, and methods of dialogue delivery and movement. Detailing connections between cinematic artifice and topics such as politics, gender, and genre, Stages of Reality allows readers to develop a clear sense of the multiple purposes and uses of theatricality in film.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is a lively and stimulating collection of essays that will appeal to both theatre and film scholars and students alike, and ably demonstrate that a discussion of cinematic theatricality can facilitate productive reflection on the nature and function of filmic realities.’
    Victoria Lowe
    Screen vol 55:01:2014
  • Author Information

    André Loiselle is a professor in the Film Studies program and assistant vice-president (Academic) at Carleton University.



    Jeremy Maron is a doctoral candidate in the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    ANDRÉ LOISELLE and JEREMY MARON

    Part One Traces of Theatricality: Stage-to-Screen Adaptations

    1. Self-Adaptation: Queer Theatricality in Brad Fraser’s Leaving Metropolis and Robert Lepage’s La face cachée de la lune
      SYLVAIN DUGUAY
    1. Brechtian Television: Theatricality and Adaptation of the Stage Play
      BILLY SMART

    Part Two Cinematic Theatricality, Genre, and Gender

    1. Cinéma du Grand Guignol: Theatricality in the Horror Film
      ANDRÉ LOISELLE
    1. ‘I’ll Show Them!’ Creating Legal Spectacles in Revenge Cinema
      R.J. TOUGAS
    1. The Ethics of Murder: Trial as Performance in the Maternal Melodrama
      BRENDA AUSTIN-SMITH
    1. Theatricality in the Cleopatra Films: Women (or We Men?) of Power
      SARAH HATCHUEL

    Part Three The Politics of Cinematic Theatricality

    1. Committed Theatricality
      SYLVIE BISSONNETTE
    1. Theatrical Games and the Gift of a Fable: Performance vs. Reality in Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful
      JEREMY MARON

    Part Four Performance, Voice, Movement, and the Theatricality of Cinema

    1. Playing to the Balcony: Screen Acting, Distance, and Cavellian Theatricality
      AARON TAYLOR
    1. Bullet-Time, Becoming, and the Sway of Theatricality: Performance and Play in The Matrix
      BRUCE BARTON

    Selected Bibliography

    Contributors

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