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Film Sequels

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780748626038
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626038.001.0001
Film Sequels

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The film sequel has been much maligned in popular culture as a vampirish corporative exercise in profit-making and narrative regurgitation. Drawing upon a wide range of filmic examples from early cinema to the twenty-first century, this book reveals the increasing popularity of, and experimentation with, film sequels as a central dynamic of Hollywood cinema. Now creeping into world cinemas and independent film festivals, the sequel is persistently employed as a vehicle for cross-cultural dialogue and as a structure by which memories and cultural narratives can be circulated across geographical and historical locations. This book aims to account for some of the major critical contexts within which sequelisation operates by exploring sequel production beyond box office figures. Its account ranges across sequels in recent mainstream cinema, art-house and ‘indie’ sequels, non-Hollywood sequels, the effects of the domestic market on sequelisation and the impact of the video game industry on Hollywood.

Keywords: film sequel; popular culture; profit-making; early cinema; Hollywood cinema; world cinemas; independent film festivals; cross-cultural dialogue; memories; cultural narratives

Book.  176 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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