The Cinema of James Cameron

Bodies in Heroic Motion

James Clarke

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of James Cameron

Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9780231169776

224 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9780231169769

224 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9780231850629

224 Pages

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The Cinema of James Cameron

Bodies in Heroic Motion

James Clarke

Wallflower Press

This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle. The book also considers Cameron's engagement with the aesthetic of visual effects and the 'now' technology of performance-capture which is arguably moving a certain kind of event-movie cinema from photography to something more akin to painting. This book is explicit in presenting Cameron as an authentic auteur, and each chapter is dedicated to a single film in his body of work, from The Terminator to Avatar. Space is also given to discussion of Strange Days as well as his short films and documentary works.
Examines Cameron's place in the transitional paradigm of a post-analogue, posthuman, and painterly cinema where impossible bodies are rendered through reassuringly old-fashioned narrative and spectacular conventions that have made his films the biggest on the planet. This comprehensive study outlines how his enduring fascination with bleeding-edge technology has both caught the public imagination and time and again proved a touchstone of the zeitgeist. Harvey O'Brien, University College Dublin
Informative, interesting, and effective.... Reading James Clarke's The Cinema of James Cameron: Bodies in Heroic Motion helps readers to appreciate [Cameron's] influence and proves to be an intriguing experience. Film Matters
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Genesis: From Short Film Visions to Low-Budget Monster Movie
2. The Terminator (1984)
3. Aliens (1986)
4. The Abyss (1989)
5. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
6. True Lies (1994)
7. Titanic (1997)
8. Avatar (2009)
9. Cameron's Documentaries
10. Cameron as Writer and Producer
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

James Clarke is a UK-based film writer, contributing to numerous cinema-related publications. He has also taught Film Studies and designed Screenwriting courses at UK universities.