Jason Statham’s mock-Cockney attitudes have remained virtually unchanged
across his range of roles. Whether in America or Britain, Italy or small
South American islands, Statham has rarely ventured into exploring the
culture of his surroundings. However, his role as Frank in the French
Transporter films offer a tantalising glimpse into examining the interaction
of a British star as ‘transnational body’. This chapter will examine
Statham’s work within the codes of these international action movies.
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers memory as a specific framework for the study of popular film, intervening in growing debates about the status and function of memory in cultural life and discourse. It examines the relationship between official and popular history and the constitution of memory narratives in and around the production and consumption of American cinema. The book explores the political stakes of cinematic discourse in its production of national memory. It also examines the discursive and institutional apparatus that has come to support the memory of Classic Hollywood in British cultural life. The book also considers both the presence of music and colour in nostalgia films of the 1990s and the impact of digital and video technologies on the representational determinants of mediated memory.