John Paizs's Crime Wave (Canadian Cinema)

John Paizs's Crime Wave (Canadian Cinema)

By: Jonathan Ball (author)Paperback

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John Paizs's 'Crime Wave' examines the Winnipeg filmmaker's 1985 cult film as an important example of early postmodern cinema and as a significant precursor to subsequent postmodern blockbusters, including the much later Hollywood film Adaptation. Crime Wave's comic plot is simple: aspiring screenwriter Steven Penny, played by Paizs, finds himself able to write only the beginnings and endings of his scripts, but never (as he puts it) "the stuff in-between." Penny is the classic writer suffering from writer's block, but the viewer sees him as the (anti)hero in a film told through stylistic parody of 1940s and 50s B-movies, TV sitcoms, and educational films. In John Paizs's 'Crime Wave,' writer and filmmaker Jonathan Ball offers the first book-length study of this curious Canadian film, which self-consciously establishes itself simultaneously as following, but standing apart from, American cinematic and television conventions. Paizs's own story mirrors that of Steven Penny: both find themselves at once drawn to American culture and wanting to subvert its dominance. Exploring Paizs's postmodern aesthetic and his use of pastiche as a cinematic technique, Ball establishes Crime Wave as an overlooked but important cult classic.

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About Author

Jonathan Ball teaches courses in literature, film, and writing at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

Contents

Acknowledgements 1 The Top! Few Films Made It! 2 Beginnings and Endings 3 The Greatest Color Crime Movie Never Made 4 The Stuff In-Between 5 Twists! 6 The Gap Exposing the Real 7 An Alternate Universe 8 From the North Production Credits Further Viewing Notes Selected Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781442616172
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781442616172
  • weight: 240
  • ISBN10: 1442616172

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