Sincerity and Irony

Nicholas Rombes

in New Punk Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748620340
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671052 | DOI:
Sincerity and Irony

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This chapter discusses the sincerity and irony in new punk cinema. New punk cinema developed during a time when irony became a mainstay in popular culture in the 1970s. As such, the moments of intense emotion and melodrama in key films, Magnolia, The Idiots, Breaking the Waves, Fight Club and the Blair Witch Project can be read through conflicting registers that blur the boundaries of sincerity, irony and camp. The uneasy and contradictory codes of new punk cinema are also part of a broader trend that extends beyond cinema and into television, literature and the web.

Keywords: new punk cinema; sincerity; irony; popular culture

Chapter.  6325 words. 

Subjects: Film

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