European Cinema After 1989: Cultural Identity and Transnational Production

Hardcover | December 15, 2007

byLuisa Rivi

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This book brings post-Berlin Wall Europe and European cinema to full visibility and into the fray of current debates on cultural identity, transnational cinema, and postcolonialism.  It presents new ways of reading post-1989 European film policy in relation to culture, ways that are crucial to rethinking Europe in its geopolitical and symbolic configuration. In particular, it addresses how the neglected strategies of coproduction articulate a supranational Europe and redefine European identity. By drawing on contemporary political, cultural, and philosophical discourses, Rivi offers pointed analyses of some of the recent most significant European films like Nostalghia, Underground, Land and Freedom, No Man’s Land, Lamerica, La promesse, Code inconnu and Caché.

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This book brings post-Berlin Wall Europe and European cinema to full visibility and into the fray of current debates on cultural identity, transnational cinema, and postcolonialism.  It presents new ways of reading post-1989 European film policy in relation to culture, ways that are crucial to rethinking Europe in its geopolitical and ...

 Luisa Rivi holds a Ph.D. in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She has taught extensively on European cinema/s, world cinema and film theory at Loyola Marymount University, California State University Long Beach, and the University of Southern California, where she has been awarded a Postdoctor...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230600247

ISBN - 13:9780230600249

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The Political Discourse Around the European Union: A Supranational Europe * The Return of the Repressed: European Cinema and the New Cinematographic Coproductions * Nostalgia as a Weak Utopia for Europe * Underground and the Balkanization of History * Postcolonial Europe * A Global European Cinema

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"This is a timely and ambitious book that places contemporary film culture in Europe within a post-Cold War, globalized context. Indicating the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as the pivotal event that marked the beginning of a new era in which we are now immersed, Rivi’s study shows how Europe’s efforts to redefine itself are being played out in the cinematic imaginary. The body of films she has judiciously selected prove to be a rich source of different, even contrasting, perceptions of the European continent at this crucial historical juncture."--Aine O'Healy, Loyola Marymount University“This is an important book that provides a brilliant reading of post-1989 developments in European cinema--one that combines a thorough knowledge of contemporary debates on issues of transnational identity and a sophisticated mastery of European philosophy, with perceptive close readings of some of the most challenging films of the period. It is rare to find such a comprehensive range of knowledge being leveraged so effectively to illuminate such a fascinating group of films. I highly recommend it.”--Marsha Kinder, University of Southern California"Rivi brings post-1989 Europe and European Cinema to full visibility and into the frayof contemporary debates on nationalism, post-colonialism, globalisation and transnational cinema." The Times Higher Education Supplement