David Mamet and ‘Indie’ Cinema

Yannis Tzioumakis

in The Spanish Prisoner

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748633685
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671236 | DOI:
David Mamet and ‘Indie’ Cinema

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The Chapter examines David Mamet’s position within the independent and indie cinema landscapes. It starts with an overview of Mamet’s work in American cinema and points to the problem that despite the fact that the majority of his work has been for independent companies and studio specialty film divisions, he rarely has been examined as an independent filmmaker. This is despite the fact that as a filmmaker he has produced aesthetically distinctive films that differ considerably from mainstream Hollywood productions. Furthermore, the independent and indie film companies that have financed and distributed his films have increasingly utilised his name as an auteur brand name for the independent sector, which begs further the question of why David Mamet has rarely been discussed as an independent filmmaker. Through an examination of the trailers and other promotional material that surrounded the release of his films, the chapter explores the ways in which Mamet has been associated with American independent cinema.

Keywords: Indie film; Film authorship; Film trailers; David Mamet; Classics divisions; Auteur; American independent cinema

Chapter.  8263 words. 

Subjects: Film

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