Cinematic Flashes (Hardcover)

Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood

By Rashna Wadia Richards

Indiana University Press, 9780253006882, 280pp.

Publication Date: December 28, 2012

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Cinematic Flashes challenges popular notions of a uniform Hollywood style by disclosing uncanny networks of incongruities, coincidences, and contingencies at the margins of the cinematic frame. In an agile demonstration of "cinephiliac" historiography, Rashna Wadia Richards extracts intriguing film fragments from their seemingly ordinary narratives in order to explore what these unexpected moments reveal about the studio era. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's preference for studying cultural fragments rather than composing grand narratives, this unorthodox history of the films of the studio system reveals how classical Hollywood emerges as a disjointed network of accidents, excesses, and coincidences.

About the Author

Rashna Wadia Richards is Associate Professor and T. K. Young Chair of English at Rhodes College.