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Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema

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While films such as Rambo, Thelma and Louise and Basic Instinct have operated as major points of cultural reference in recent years, popular action cinema remains neglected within contemporary film criticism.
Spectacular Bodies unravels the complexities and pleasures of a genre often dismissed as obvious' in both its pleasure and its politics, arguing that these controversi
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 7th 1993 by Routledge (first published December 6th 1993)
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Whitney
Sep 29, 2007 Whitney rated it liked it
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I really liked how Tasker rejected the ideas of male/masculinity vs. female/femininity in favor of a more shifting and complex reading in action films. Like, for example, she doesn't see Ripley as a "man in drag" like other critics have claimed, but as a "musculinized" heroine acting within genre conventions. I think she could have taken some of her ideas further instead of just opposing previous ideas, though. (maybe she does in her other books) I also don't think there was cohension between ch ...more
Evan
Apr 14, 2015 Evan rated it liked it
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An interesting overview, this is a reread as I read the book initially as an undergrad. i was much more impressed with it then. It has some excellent points, particularly in noting intersections of gender and race in the action cinema. However, her concept of musculinity does not work for me, when read through the lens of Butler's work on gender performativity - if masculinity is a performance, and musculinity is a performance, why does it only apply to women? I find some of her work relies upon ...more
molly
Dec 29, 2008 molly marked it as could-not-finish
So. I'm working on an essay about feminism in Resident Evil. Yes, it's weird inside my head - why do you ask?
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