Cinema and Community by Derek Mckiernan

By Derek Mckiernan

Within the first book-length research of this subject, D.W. McKiernan examines the way in which mainstream advertisement cinema represents society's advanced dating with the assumption and perform of group within the context of speedily altering social stipulations. motion pictures tested contain  Fond Kiss, The Idiots and Monsoon marriage ceremony.

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Daniel O’Donnell, 1999), Ae Fond Kiss (dir. Ken Loach, 2004) and Yasmin (dir. Kevin Glenaan, 2004). In each case the dramatic pressure falls most heavily on the shoulders of Muslim fathers who, fearing a loss of honour, feel responsible to their communities for the actions of their children. The shifting dynamics of Britain’s increasingly multicultural society constitute a national variation on a more universal theme. Indeed, it is only one feature of the rapidly globalizing developments taking place at the turn of the twenty-first century.

He sets off in a mobile home across the States to visit his daughter for her wedding but never really connects with the people he meets en route or with the wedding guests. Realizing Community in Suburban America 39 A second example taken from Putnam concerns suburbanization, a key feature of post-1945 American social life and the central theme of this chapter. Some of the conditions for suburbanization were set in place in the 1920s when real estate developers, taking advantage of local road programmes, subdivided land into low-density projects.

I began discussing these issues in Chapter 1 through my account of Bauman’s work on the ambivalence of community. In order to build on this conceptual discussion here, I have chosen to analyse two films that are very different from each other in many respects but nevertheless share a common concern with community and ethics. Babette’s Feast (dir. Gabriel Axel, 1987) presents a discourse on communal hospitality whilst The Magdalene Sisters (dir. Peter Mullan, 2002) explores communal violence. 1 The focal point of the community is the house of a Lutheran Pastor and his two daughters, Martine and Filippa.

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