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Palmer, R. Barton 1946-

Works: 109 works in 472 publications in 3 languages and 23,237 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Film adaptations  Drama  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Motion pictures  Horror films  Poetry  Biography  Science fiction films 
Roles: Editor, Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, win, Publishing director, wpr
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Most widely held works about R. Barton Palmer
Most widely held works by R. Barton Palmer
Hollywood's dark cinema : the American film noir by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this background of studio system production in place, Palmer traces the advent of the film noir in the cold light of industry aims, target audiences, censorship, and the role Hollywood played in American society. In subsequent chapters, he investigates the film noir in all its guises: the crime melodrama, the detective film, the thriller, and the woman's picture
Joel and Ethan Coen by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With landmark films such as Fargo, O Brother Where art Thou?, Blood Simple, and Raising Arizona, the Coen brothers have achieved both critical and commercial success. Proving the existence of a viable market for "small" films that are also intellectually rewarding, their work has exploded generic conventions amid rich webs of transtextural references. In Joel and Ethan Coen, R. Barton Palmer argues that the Coen oeuvre also forms a central element in what might be called postmodernist filmmaking. Mixing high and low cultural sources and blurring genres like noir and comedy, the use of pastiche and anti-realist elements in films such as The Hudsucker Proxy and Barton Fink clearly fit the postmodernist paradigm. Palmer argues that for a full understanding of the Coen brothers unique position within film culture, it is important to see how they have developed a new type of text within general postmodernist practice that Palmer terms commercial/independent. Analyzing their substantial body of work from this "generic" framework is the central focus on this book."--Book cover
Twentieth-century American fiction on screen by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this collection analyse major film adaptations of twentieth-century American fiction, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon to Toni Morrison's Beloved. Combining cinematic and literary approaches, this volume explores the adaptation process from conception through production and reception. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book includes production stills and full filmographies. Together with its companion volume on nineteenth-century fiction, the volume offers a comprehensive account of the rich tradition of
Hollywood's Tennessee : the Williams films and postwar America by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

14 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No American dramatist has had more plays adapted than Tennessee Williams, and few modern dramatists have witnessed as much controversy during the adaptation process. His Hollywood legacy, captured in such screen adaptations as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer, reflects the sea change in American culture in the mid-twentieth century. Placing this body of work within relevant contexts ranging from gender and sexuality to censorship, modernism, art cinema, and the Southern Renaissance, Hollywood's Tennessee draws on rarely examined archival research to recast Williams's significance." "Providing not only cultural context, the authors also bring to light the details of the arduous screenwriting process Williams experienced, with special emphasis on the Production Code Administration - the powerful censorship office that drew high-profile criticism during the 1950s - and Williams's innovative efforts to bend the code. Going well beyond the scripts themselves, Hollywood's Tennessee showcases findings culled from poster and billboard art, pressbooks, and other production and advertising material. The result is a sweeping account of how Williams's adapted plays were crafted, marketed, and received, as well as the lasting implications of this history for commercial filmmakers and their audiences."--Jacket
Nineteenth-century American fiction on screen by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The process of translating works of literature to the silver screen is a rich field of study for both students and scholars of literature and cinema. The fourteen essays collected in this 2007 volume provide a survey of the important films based on, or inspired by, nineteenth-century American fiction, from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans to Owen Wister's The Virginian. Many of the major works of the American canon are included, including The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick and Sister Carrie. The starting point of each essay is the literary text itself, moving on to describe specific aspects of the adaptation process, including details of production and reception. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book includes production stills and full filmographies. Together with its companion volume on twentieth-century fiction, the volume offers a comprehensive account of the rich tradition of American literature on screen
Traditions in world cinema by Linda Badley( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings together a colourful and wide-ranging collection of world cinematic traditions all of which are in need of introduction, investigation and, in some cases, critical reassessment
Seconds by John Frankenheimer( Visual )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sinister thriller from the fractured 1960s that concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who is urged (and blackmailed) to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life as a reborn
The judgment of the King of Bohemia = Le jugement dou roy de Behaingne by Guillaume( Book )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and French, Old and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cinematic text : methods and approaches( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to British Arthurian narrative by Susan Lynn Aronstein( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Hitchcock : influence, imitation, and intertextuality( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfred Hitchcock is arguably the most famous director to have ever made a film. Almost single-handedly he turned the suspense thriller into one of the most popular film genres of all time, while his Psycho updated the horror film and inspired two generations of directors to imitate and adapt this most Hitchcockian of movies. Yet while much scholarly and popular attention has focused on the director's oeuvre, until now there has been no extensive study of how Alfred Hitchcock's films and methods have affected and transformed the history of the film medium. In this book, thirteen original essays by leading film scholars reveal the richness and variety of Alfred Hitchcock's legacy as they trace his shaping influence on particular films, filmmakers, genres, and even on film criticism. Some essays concentrate on films that imitate Hitchcock in diverse ways, including the movies of Brian de Palma and thrillers such as True Lies, The Silence of the Lambs, and Dead Again. Other essays look at genres that have been influenced by Hitchcock's work, including the 1970s paranoid thriller, the Italian giallo film, and the post-Psycho horror film. The remaining essays investigate developments within film culture and academic film study, including the enthusiasm of French New Wave filmmakers for Hitchcock's work, his influence on the filmic representation of violence in the post-studio Hollywood era, and the ways in which his films have become central texts for film theorists
Perspectives on film noir( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hitchcock at the source : the auteur as adaptor by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

13 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featured in this book are 19 original essays, ranging across the entirety of Alfred Hitchcock's career, that consider the ways in which he adapted and transformed a variety of literary works - novels, plays, and short stories - into film
A little solitaire : John Frankenheimer and American film by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Little Solitaire offers the only multidisciplinary critical account of Frankenheimer's oeuvre. Especially emphasized is his deep and passionate engagement with national politics and the irrepressible need of human beings to assert their rights and individuality in the face of organizations that would reduce them to silence and anonymity
Larger than life : movie stars of the 1950s by R. Barton Palmer( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larger Than Life offers a comprehensive view of the star system in 1950s Hollywood and also in-depth discussions of the decades major stars, including Montgomery Clift, Judy Holliday, Jerry Lewis, James Mason, Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Jayne Mansfield, and Audrey Hepburn
The philosophy of Steven Soderbergh( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the age of twenty-six, Steven Soderbergh launched his career in the film industry with astonishing success. His film sex, lies, and videotape (1989), which he wrote in only eight days, won the prestigious Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a bittersweet blessing that shaped high expectations for the young director. The film, also nominated for an Academy Award, is regarded by most film experts as a turning point in the history of American independent cinema. The Philosophy of Steven Soderbogh examines Soderbergh's full body of work, from films that brought him commercial success such as Erin Brockovich (2000), to more controversial films such as The Limey (1999), which put his name among the ranks of such celebrated filmmakers as the Coen brothers, David Lynch, and Orson Welles. Editors R. Barton Palmer and Steven M. Sanders introduce readers to the imaginative storylines, philosophically salient themes, and inventive approaches to filmmaking that distinguish Soderbergh's work. Expert scholars analyze Soderbergh's films individually, exploring topics such as the nature of reality in Solaris (2002); the heritage of Enlightenment thought in Schizopolis (1996); guilt, punishment, and redemption in The Limey (1999); altruism in Erin Brockovich (2000); truth, knowledge, and ethics in sex, lies, and videotape (1989); politics as reality and fiction in K Street (2004); and Kantian ethics, performance, and agency in Traffic (2000) and the Ocean's trilogy (2001-2007). Like the Coens and David Lynch, Soderbergh places emphasis on character over narrative, self-conscious stylistic display and visual exuberance, and a deep, often disturbing engagement with the problematic aspects of the human condition. His films take on a variety of cinematic forms, often by joining the traditions of film noir and crime cinema with European styles and themes. By consistently challenging the viewer to question the foundations of knowledge, understanding, and reality, Soderbergh's films have played a significant role in the advancement of American art cinema. R. Barton Palmer Is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University and the author or editor of many books. Steven M. Sanders, professor emeritus of philosophy at Bridgewater State University --Book Jacket
International noir( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the influence of film noir on visual narrative and technique in global cinematic traditions.Following World War II, film noir became the dominant cinematic expression of Cold War angst, influencing new trends in European and Asian filmmaking. International Noir examines film noir's influence on the cinematic traditions of Britain, France, Scandinavia, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and India. This book suggests that the film noir style continues to appeal on such a global scale because no other cinematic form has merged style and genre to effect a vision of the disturbing consequences of modernity. International noir has, however, adapted and adopted noir themes and aesthetic elements so that national cinemas can boast an independent and indigenous expression of the genre. Ranging from Japanese silent films and women's films to French, Hong Kong, and Nordic New Waves, this book also calls into question critical assessments of noir in international cinemas. In short, it challenges prevailing film scholarship to renegotiate the concept of noir. Ending with an examination of Hollywood's neo-noir recontextualization of the genre, and post-noir's reinvigorating critique of this aesthetic, International Noir offers Film Studies scholars an in-depth commentary on this influential global cinematic art form, further offering extensive bibliography and filmographies for recommended reading and viewing. Key Features * Examines noir's influence on film narrative and technique in several different national cinemas *Covers British, French and Japanese noir as well as the influence of noir on Scandivavian, Chinese and Korean cinema *Includes chapters on neo-noir and post-noir films
Film noir by Homer B Pettey( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the development of film noir as a cultural and artistic phenomenon. This book traces the development of film noir from the proto-noir elements of Feuillade’s silent French crime series and German Expressionism to the genre’s mid-twentieth century popularization and influence on contemporary global media. By employing experimental lighting effects, oblique camera angles, distorted compositions, and shifting points-of-view, film noir’s style both creates and comments upon a morally adumbrated world, where the alienating effects of the uncanny, the fetishistic, and the surreal dominate. The appeal of film noir concerns its commentary on social anxieties, its cynical view of political and capitalist corruption, and its all-too-brutal depictions of American modernity. This book examines the changing, often volatile shifts in representations of masculinity and femininity, as well as the genre’s complex relationship with Afro-American culture, observable through noir’s musical and sonic experiments
The philosophy of Michael Mann by STEVEN SANDERS( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Known for restoring vitality and superior craftsmanship to the crime thriller, American filmmaker Michael Mann has long been regarded as a talented triple threat capable of moving effortlessly between television and feature films as a writer, director, and executive producer. His unique visual sense and thematic approach are evident in the Emmy Award-winning The Jericho Mile (1979), the cult favorite The Keep (1983), the American epic The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and the Academy Award-nominated The Insider (1999) as well as his most recent works -- Ali (2001), Miami Vice (2006), and Public
Michael Mann : cinema and television : interviews, 1980-2012 by Michael Mann( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This reader is the first to bring together a selection of Mann's own interviews where he reflects on his film and television productions. The sixteen interviews provide historical context, interpretation and evaluation of the auteur's work. They encompass his entire career as a feature filmmaker and television producer/director as he and others reflect on his themes, working methods, artistic development and career achievements. The book aims to open up Mann's body of work, making it available for comparison with the work of his contemporaries, and to provide fresh insights into his film and television work. A substantive introductory essay, chronology and filmography provide additional bases for understanding the interviews, essays and work of this major filmmaker. -- Provided by publisher
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Hollywood's dark cinema : the American film noir
Alternative Names
Barton Palmer, R. 1946-

Barton Palmer, Richard 1946-

Palmer, Barton 1946-

Palmer, R. B. 1946-

Palmer, Richard Barton 1946-

Joel and Ethan CoenTwentieth-century American fiction on screenHollywood's Tennessee : the Williams films and postwar AmericaNineteenth-century American fiction on screenTraditions in world cinemaAfter Hitchcock : influence, imitation, and intertextualityPerspectives on film noirHitchcock at the source : the auteur as adaptor