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Deconstructing existentialism and the counterculture in The Gambler (1974) and Dog Soldiers/ Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978)
Colin Gardner

’s ambitious follow-up to Toback’s more intimate character study, expands The Gambler ’s mutual corruption between ‘internal’ and ‘external’ milieux to the broader historical and psychological trauma of the Vietnam War and its counter-cultural corollary, the CIA-controlled South-East Asian heroin trade, which flooded American inner cities with addictive drugs throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Based on the

in Karel Reisz
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Will Higbee

cinema since the early 1990s, such as new realism, the so-called jeune cinéma , as well as the emergence of what we might term a ‘post-look’ spectacular genre cinema – a popular French cinema that looks to Besson and Beineix, Hollywood genres and South-East Asian cinema for its inspiration and modes of production, rather than the more traditional reference points of French realism, the auteur

in Mathieu Kassovitz
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Gemma King

hundreds of thousands of first- and second-generation migrants. Instead, these films reject the notion propagated in earlier French films of the flow of peoples, ideas and languages as being solely unilateral: as only flowing from North Africa, South-East Asia, sub-Saharan West Africa, etc. towards France. Eurocentrism has no place in these films, for according to Shohat and Stam, Eurocentrism ‘envisions the world from a single privileged point’ (1994: 2) whereas multilingual cinema acknowledges and incorporates a multitude of sociocultural and linguistic perspectives

in Decentring France
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The Queen in Australia
Jane Landman

Indian indentured labourers (and descendants in Singapore and Malaya as well as Fiji), were influenced by anti-colonial movements in erstwhile homelands, and South East Asia was far from peaceful. 22 The Dutch withdrawal from Indonesia in 1949 (after recolonising attempts were rebuffed by nationalist forces) had left unresolved the status of West Papua, which for the first part of the 1950s remained as

in The British monarchy on screen
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Lez Cooke

draw on his military experience, but given that his experience of active service had been in Cyprus it seems curious that he chose to set the novel in South East Asia. It does, however, demonstrate his interest in world politics at the time, as well as giving an indication of his literary influences: ‘One was showing interest in that [the situation in Indo-China] and what was happening in Russia and so on. I was reading everything and having ideas I guess. Also I think I was very influenced by Graham Greene and Hemingway.’ According to Kennedy Martin, Graham Greene

in Troy Kennedy Martin
Gemma King

opportunities for those with experience working in fishing, boat-building and other professions linked to the water. In the mid-twentieth century, boats would even arrive in Marseilles from as far as Vietnam, bringing a sizeable South-East Asian diaspora to the region. Today, such boats are far more likely to carry refugees from the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, in far from secure circumstances, as films like Eden à l’ouest relate. And as Human Zoo shows, the region is also a point of passage for those moving between France and Eastern Europe. In these contact zones

in Decentring France
Carol Medlicott

impression that he is in central East Asia . . . [T]hese plant associations form an alien high altitude zone that is otherwise found only in much more restricted range on the highest peaks of the upland’ (1988: 243). In describing Paektusan’s flora and human habitation patterns, Lautensach identified its mixed pine, fir, larch, birch, spruce and maple, giving way to pine, fir and larch only in the

in Cinematic countrysides
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Ian Scott
Henry Thompson

adventure; but his experience, not just of combat but also of his return to a country that was already openly divided about the war, altered his perspective and the direction of his life. Enrolment at film school under the GI Bill seemed to offer a way of expressing his anger and disillusionment, and the same determination that had kept him alive in South-​East Asia now drove him on to try and tell something of that experience on film. Even as he took his place in the Hollywood firmament, the subject did not need to be Th e ci nem a of Ol iver   S to ne 232 Vietnam to

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
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Traumatic events and international horror cinema
Linnie Blake

, Romero thus illustrates how foundational dreams of cooperative social endeavour, as the guarantor of the perfectibility of the nation, meet their end both in the rice fields of South East Asia and in the bankrupt cities of the American 1970s. Romero’s America thus emerges as a nation governed by a President whose very name would become a watchword for corruption of the body politic: a fact no binding-up of the nation’s wounds by the revisionist Gerald Ford and others would heal. As I will subsequently argue, the sociocultural and political legacy of this would manifest

in The wounds of nations
Des O’Rawe

difference and change that characterises the framing are directly influenced by existential concerns.24 There is more than enough of everywhere in San Clemente, just as the defiant farmers from the Cévennes region share more than one might think with the nomads and peasant workers of North Africa and South-­East Asia. Possibly, the tensions and paradoxes that have characterised Depardon’s work since the 1970s (here­/there, document­/fiction, image­/text, anchor­/ relay, objective­/subjective) issue from the traveller’s desire to rediscover the whereabouts of home: ‘I don

in Regarding the real