Postmodernism, hyperreality and the hegemony of spectacle in New Hollywood : the case of The Truman show

Part of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.7, No.1, 1999, pages 41-72

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Μεταμοντερισμός, υπερπραγματικότητα και η ηγεμονία του θεάματος στο Νέο Χόλιγουντ : η περίπτωση της ζωντανής μετάδοσης
The purpose of this essay is to explore the nature of contemporary movies in the socio-economic and cultural context of the so-called New Hollywood. Ever since Hollywood’s reorientation towards the blockbuster, the American film industry has witnessed an unprecedented growth as a result of the radical changes it underwent both in the way of making films and in the way of doing business. The point I intend to make in this essay is that unless we become aware of these changes, that is, unless we realize that Hollywood has now expanded in diversified multimedia markets, controlled by international conglomerates, we will find it difficult to appreciate or evaluate its cultural products, especially the hightech, high-stakes, high-budgeted blockbusters. By focusing on one of New Hollywood’s self­reflexive releases, The Truman Show, I propose to analyze the ways in which this film reflects on the current situation in New Hollywood. My approach is not necessarily based on narrative analysis, but rather on placing the film within a broader, post­modernist cultural perspective.
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ταινίες, κινηματογράφος
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