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The Politics of Contemporary European Cinema
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ISBN 9781841500591
Paperback 155 pages

Published January 2002
Imprint: Intellect
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How does contemporary European Cinema reflect the drive for political and economic integration and recent trends in globalisation, if at all? This book is a valuable excursion into the politics of European cinema and extensively addresses questions like this.

Mike Wayne identifies some key themes pertinent to a study of the contemporary cultural and political dynamics of European cinema from the mid-1980's, including the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the Soviet Empire.

Throughout the book, issues are raised that question European culture and the nature of national cinema, including;

• The cultural relationship with Hollywood;

• Debates over cultural plurality and diversity;

• The disintegration of nation states along the eastern flank;

• Postcolonial travels and the hybridisation of the national formation.

These themes will be discussed and explored through various contemporary films:

• The Name of the Rose
• Emma
• Land and Freedom
• Journey of Hope
• Beautiful People
• Ulysses Glaze
• Bahji on the Beach
• Wild West
• East is East

Chapter titles
Chapter 1: 'European Cinema: In The Shadow of Hollywood
Chapter 2: 'National Cinema/ International Markets'
Chapter 3: 'Pan-European Cinema'
Chapter 4: 'After The Fall: Cinema and Central and Eastern Europe'
Chapter 5: 'Diasporan Travels: British Asian Cinema'
'In his study The Politics of Contemporary European Cinema, Mike Wayne successfully describes contemporary European cinema's concern with "the transitional, improvisational and shifting nature of identity, national or otherwise" (viii). According to Wayne, the contemporary European film market is shaped by various national cinemas which are concerned with negotiating between their individual cultural myths and an international audience. Wayne situates his analysis against the backdrop of several historical narratives which he constructs in order to explain the complex alterations of the political European landscape since the late 1980s.' – Thorsten Carstensen, Scope

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