Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 August 2015

184 Pages | 27 b/w illus.

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780748693603

Bookseller Code (06)

American Independent Cinema

Rites of Passage and the Crisis Image

Anna Backman Rogers

Published by Edinburgh University Press

By examining six films, all of which conform to the notion of 'indiewood' (King 2005) from a formal perspective, this book argues that American 'indie' cinema is not one merely in crisis, but also of crisis. As a cinema that draws upon an American cinematic heritage that explores various rites of passage (the teen movie, the road movie, the western), these films deal in images of crisis, transition and metamorphosis. Case studies include The Virgin Suicides, Elephant, Dead Man, Last Days, Somewhere and Broken Flowers.


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