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The action sequence

Lisa Purse

in Contemporary Action Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638178
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638178.003.0004
The action sequence

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This chapter discusses the aesthetic tendencies evident in the construction of the contemporary action sequence, exploring what might be at stake in their inclusion and popularity, and the ways in which they are narratively expressive as well as spectacular. The stylistic and representational aspects of the staging of speed, risk and mastery are investigated using Fast and Furious and Live Free or Die Hard as case studies, and the discussion of action cinema as sensory experience is developed in relation to these dimensions. The chapter ends with an explicit emphasis on sound design, considering the sound strategies used in the contemporary action sequence to stage the body, and their consequences for a film's representational hierarchy.

Keywords: Action sequence; Spectacle; Speed; Risk; Mastery; Sound design; Representation

Chapter.  9816 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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