British Action and Adventure: A National Take on a Global Genre

Tasker, Yvonne (2014) British Action and Adventure: A National Take on a Global Genre. Frames Cinema Journal (6). ISSN 2053-8812

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Abstract

Action and adventure are prominent forms in contemporary commercial cinema, modes of filmmaking with a high degree of cultural visibility. Action as a genre is associated with both technical innovation in the service of visual spectacle, and with American or more precisely Hollywood cinema. An inventive use of 3D (with simultaneous 2D/standard release), mobilisation of a rich American cultural form (the comic book) and ensemble action is exemplified by the expense and commercial value of the twenty-first century superhero film. Though far from the only form of contemporary Hollywood action/adventure cinema (there are numerous variants), the superhero film underlines the scale of financial investment and spectator involvement in Hollywood action’s explosive scenes.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 10:00
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 20:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60837
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