The Cinema of Generation X: A Critical Study of Films and Directors

Peter Hanson


The Cinema of Generation X: A Critical Study of Films and Directors

The Cinema of Generation X: A Critical Study of Films and Directors

  • Title: The Cinema of Generation X: A Critical Study of Films and Directors
  • Author: Peter Hanson
  • ISBN: 9780786413348
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback



When Steven Soderbergh exploded onto movie screens with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, it represented than the arrival of an important new director it heralded the arrival of an entire generation of important new directors Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction , Kevin Smith Dogma , David Fincher Fight Club , M Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense , Ben Stiller RealityWhen Steven Soderbergh exploded onto movie screens with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, it represented than the arrival of an important new director it heralded the arrival of an entire generation of important new directors Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction , Kevin Smith Dogma , David Fincher Fight Club , M Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense , Ben Stiller Reality Bites , Michael Bay Pearl Harbor , and dozens of others are all members of Generation X, the much talked about but much misunderstood successors to baby boomers This book is a critical study of the films directed by Gen Xers and how those directors have been influenced by their generational identity While Generation X as a whole sometimes seems to lack direction, its filmmakers have devoted their careers to making powerful statements about contemporary society and their generation s role in it Each section of the book deals with an aspect of Gen X filmmaking, including the influence of popular culture, postmodern narrative devices, slackerdom and the lack of direction, disenfranchisement and nihilism, the ever evolving role of technology, gender issues and sexuality, the question of race, the influence of older filmmakers, and visions of the future.


Recent Comments "The Cinema of Generation X: A Critical Study of Films and Directors"

The insights on Generation X (in comparison with baby boomers) get too repetitive. But the real problem with the book is Hanson's murky and lazy definition of what constitutes a Gen-X movie. We get a detailed analysis of American Beauty (2000) as an essential Gen-X film because its director, Sam Mendes, was born in the 60s. Why focus solely on the director as the creative force though, unless that director is certainly considered as an 'auteur'? Could Sam Mendes be called an 'auteur' when he mad [...]

A research book for my 90's blog: Damn The Man, Save The Empire! at co-optingthe90s/Also a book I never got to touch before I had to return it, though it looked very good. Will get it again soon.

well researched, thoughtful insight, interesting subject matter, great cohesion in explaining the relationship between culture, politics, and sociology

Keep getting this out of the library (2 years now,) one of these days I'll read it, even though I'm sure it either sucks or is at best lukewarm.


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