Cinema and Community by Derek Mckiernan

By Derek Mckiernan

Within the first book-length research of this subject, D.W. McKiernan examines the way in which mainstream advertisement cinema represents society's complicated courting with the assumption and perform of group within the context of speedily altering social stipulations. movies tested comprise  Fond Kiss, The Idiots and Monsoon marriage ceremony.

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16). In terms that might have been taken directly from Putnam or Kenyon, Beuka writes that the very evidence of the material success of the suburban life was now being interpreted as ‘[ . . ] evidence of the failure of the suburban dream’. He continues, That is, capitalism’s victory was seen as spelling the death of a sense of community in the suburbs, as the utopian vision of inclusion and togetherness that informed the postwar suburban migration had given way – at least in the popular imagination – to disjointed development neighborhoods characterized by a form of crass materialism readily observable on the very landscape.

Communities always have boundaries, there are always exclusions and 20 Cinema and Community some people are always to be found at their margins. The secure possibility offered by community is counterchecked by the possibility of a loss of freedom. My analysis is frequently drawn to such boundaries and margins and to the relationship between freedom and security. In the following chapters, then, I draw on both resources as appropriate. It is important to stress, however, that they do not provide a single unifying interpretative matrix through which every film, topic or issue can be read or each aim pursued.

Each of its major characters is, in one way or another, separated from the others. There is work and family and there are the obligatory roles of friends and neighbours, but none provide the basis for the mutual obligations that Putnam regards as important in the formation of communal life. There appears to be freedom, of a sort, but no community. The differences between Pleasantville and American Beauty seem stark. And yet, there is, I will argue, more to the distinction between ‘too much’ and ‘too little’ community than meets the eye.

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