Jane Campion

May 1, 2007|
Jane Campion by Kathleen McHugh
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In considering Jane Campion's early award-winning short films on through international sensation The Piano and beyond, Kathleen McHugh traces the director's distinctive visual style as well as her commitment to consistently renovating the conventions of "women's films." By refusing to position her female protagonists as victims, McHugh argues, Campion scrupulously avoids the moral structures of melodrama, and though she often works with the narratives, mise-en-scene, and visual tropes typical of that genre, her films instead invite a distanced or even amused engagement. 

Jane Campion concludes with four brief, revelatory interviews and a filmography. Campion spoke twice with Michel Ciment—after the screening of her short and medium-length films at the Cannes Film Festival 1986, and three years later, after the Cannes screening of Sweetie. Judith Lewis narrates a Beverly Hills interview with Campion that followed the release of Holy Smoke, and Lizzie Francke's interview, reprinted from Sight and Sound,centers on Campion's film In the Cut, adapted from Susanna Moore's novel.

A volume in the series Contemporary Film Directors, edited by James R. Naremore

Kathleen McHugh is a professor of English and film, television, and digital media at UCLA. She is the author of American Domesticity: From How-To Manual to Hollywood Melodrama.
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Title:Jane Campion
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:208 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.7 in
Published:May 1, 2007
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780252032042

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