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Discover films that dared to be different, risked reputations and put careers in jeopardy. This is what happens when filmmakers take tradition and rip it up. FilmQuake
introduces 50 movies that shook the cinematic world, telling the fascinating stories
behind their creation, reception and legacy
From unbelievable developments in technology (Citizen Kane
, 1941) to feminist triumphs (Wanda
, 1970); films that kickstarted New Queer Cinema (Paris is Burning
, 1990) to others that challenged lawmakers (A Short Film About Killing
, 1988) – FilmQuake
presents the movies that questioned boundaries
, challenged the status quo
and made shockwaves
we are still feeling today.
From film's first innovators, people like the Lumière brothers,
whose short film of a train arriving was reported to have terrified audiences in 19th century Paris, through iconoclasts like Sergei Eisenstein
and Luis Buñuel
, to titans of 20th century cinema like Alfred Hitchcock
and Jean-Luc Godard,
discover the stories behind the films which incontrovertably changed the course of cinema forever.
Into the modern day, this book examines how filmmakers have addressed themes of prejudice and inequality, from the Black Lives Matter movement and Jordan Peele's
unmissable Get Out
to Bong Joon-ho's
cutting study of the lives of the wealthy in Parasite,
as well as innovative new cinematic techniques emerging in films like 28 Days Later
and Blair Witch Project.
In telling the history of cinema through the works that were truly disruptive
, and explaining the context in which each was created, FilmQuake
demonstrates the heart of modern film, which is to constantly question boundaries and challenge expectation.
This book is from the Culture Quake series, which looks into iconic moments of culture which truly created paradigm shifts in their respective fields.
Also available is ArtQuake, which tells the stories of 50 pivotal works that challenged consensus and broke daring new ground in the world of art, inspiring shock and scandal as they did so, but ultimately cementing themselves as truly great works of modern art.
About the Author
Ian Haydn Smith is a London-based writer. He is the update editor on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and is the editor of BFI Filmmakers Magazine and Curzon Magazine. Ian is also the author of Selling the Movie: The Art of the Film Poster, The Short Story of Photography and Cult Filmmakers.