Through close readings of films by U.S. filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Errol Morris, Todd Haynes, and Joel and Ethan Coen, Hollywood Hybrids studies provocative, disorienting strategies of genre mixing in contemporary cinema. The book also explores foreign parallels to U.S. hybrid cinema in films by such directors as Pedro Almodovar (Spain) and Stephen Chow (Hong Kong). Hollywood Hybrids regards genre mixing as a key creative interest motivating major filmmakers around the globe.
Ira Jaffe is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Media Arts at the University of New Mexico. He is co-editor of Redirecting the Gaze: Gender, Theory, and Cinema in the Third World and author of essays about Robert Altman, Charlie Chaplin, Errol Morris, and Orson Welles. He founded UNM's International Cinema Lecture Series and Latin American Film Festival as well as the Department of Media Arts.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 Fact and Fiction Chapter 3 2 Gangster and Warrior Chapter 4 3 Melodrama and Teen Romance Chapter 5 4 Tragicomic Accidents Chapter 6 5 Global Parallels Chapter 7 Bibliography Chapter 8 Selected Filmography