The Cinema of Sean Penn

In and Out of Place

Deane Williams

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of Sean Penn

Pub Date: November 2015

ISBN: 9780231176255

208 Pages

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Pub Date: November 2015

ISBN: 9780231176248

208 Pages

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Pub Date: November 2015

ISBN: 9780231850858

208 Pages

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The Cinema of Sean Penn

In and Out of Place

Deane Williams

Wallflower Press

Although best known as an Academy Award winning actor, Sean Penn's directorial works The Indian Runner (1991), The Crossing Guard (1995), The Pledge (2001), and Into the Wild (2007), consist of some of the most interesting and singular films made in the United States over the past twenty years. Each of Penn's directorial films and much of the cinema he has acted in are set in an immediate past in which a "stalled" time and a restricted locale apply narrative constraints. At the same time, these films all feature a sophisticated web of intertextual relations, involving actors, songs, books, films, and directors, and the political lineage to which Penn belongs, which reveal the deep cultural structures that concern each particular film.
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Politics
2. Penn's Performance Places
3. The Indian Runner
4. The Crossing Guard
5. The Pledge
6. Interlude: 'U.S.A.'
7. Into the Wild
Conclusion: Places of Hope
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Deane Williams is associate professor in film and screen studies at Monash University in Melbourne. He is editor of the journal Studies in Documentary Film and coauthor (with Noel King and Con Verevis) of Australian Film Theory and Criticism.