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What was the Neo-Underground and What Wasn't: A First Reconsideration of Harmony Korine

Benjamin Halligan

in New Punk Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748620340
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620340.003.0013
What was the Neo-Underground and What Wasn't: A First Reconsideration of Harmony Korine

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the assimilating nature of the film American Beauty, which occurs in the successful translation of style and preoccupations of an ‘underground’ into box-office material. It cites how the wider impulse for assimilation is evident in general filmmaking trends of the formerly ‘underground’ or semi-underground American auteurs in the 1990s. The discussion then turns to how this shift to the mainstream was tempered by Harmony Korine in his films Gummo and julien donkey-boy.

Keywords: filmmaking; American Beauty; Gummo; julien donkey-boy

Chapter.  5697 words. 

Subjects: Film

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