The Multi-Protagonist Film is an insightful and provocative introduction to this important new genre. * Explores the origins and history of one of the most exciting new developments in contemporary film worldwide * Guides readers through the genre's central characteristics and conventions, as well as it's evolution and cultural relevance * Provides a theoretical framework that is developed through the analysis several films, including Grand Hotel, Singles, American Pie, Short Cuts, and Syriana. * Reveals the duality of the genre's contemporary preoccupations: the impact of globalization on human lives versus the current state of intimate affairs, the crisis of marriage, and the proliferation of sexual choices
Maria del Mar Azcona teaches English and Film Studies at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. She has published articles on film genre, contemporary Hollywood cinema, and Spanish cinema, and is the author of a book on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, co-written with Celestino Deleyto (2010).
List of Plates. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1 A Brief History of the Multi-Protagonist Film. 2 Theorizing the Multi-Protagonist Film. 3 An Early Experiment: Grand Hotel. 4 Short Cuts and the Consolidation of a Genre. 5 Adolescent Tapestries: American Pie. 6 Intimacy Multiplies: Singles. 7 Global Thrills: Syriana. Conclusion. References. Index.