Moving Pictures/Stopping Places: Hotels and Motels on Film

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David B. Clarke, Valerie Crawford Pfannhauser, Marcus A. Doel
Lexington Books, May 16, 2009 - Social Science - 416 pages
Mobility has long been a defining feature of modern societies, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the various 'stopping places'_hotels, motels, and the like_that this mobility presupposes. If the paradoxical qualities of fixed places dedicated to facilitating movement have been overlooked by a variety of commentators, film-makers have shown remarkable prescience and consistency in engaging with these 'still points' around which the world is made to turn. Hotels and motels play a central role in a multitude of films, ranging across an immensely wide variety of genres, eras, and national cinemas. Whereas previous film theorists have focused on the movement implied by road movies and similar genres, the outstanding contributions to this volume extend the recent engagement with space and place in film studies, providing a series of fascinating explorations of the cultural significance of stopping places, both on screen and off. Ranging from the mythical elegance of the Grand Hotel, through the uncanny spaces of the Bates motel, to Korean 'love motels,' the wealth of insights, from a variety of theoretical perspectives, that this volume delivers is set to change our understanding of the role played by stopping places in an increasingly fluid world.
 

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Contents

Checking In
1
Chapter 01 Revisiting the Grand Hotel and Its Place within the Cultural Economy of Fascist Italy
13
Cruise Holidays and Amateur Filmmaking in the Interwar Period
49
Hotels Reception Desks and Identity in American Cinema 19291964
73
Chapter 04 The Swiss Hotel Film
143
Wim Wenders Hotels
183
Chapter 06 The Decay of Fiction and the Poetics of Pastness
209
Chapter 07 Now where was I?Memories Motels and Male Hysteria
219
Spaces of Disjunction in Barton Fink The Shining and Muzak
255
Chapter 10 Parallel Hotel Worlds
277
Motel Cactus and the Low Heterotopias of Seoul
297
Some Notes on Stopping Places in Cinema
325
Atom Egoyans Speaking Parts
353
The 21st Century HotelYour MediaHome Away from Home
371
Index
381
Contributors
391

Cinematic Hotels and Motels as Mnemonic Purgatories
235

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David B. Clarke is chair of human geography at Swansea University, Wales, UK. Valerie Crawford Pfannhauser is an independent film scholar in Vienna, Austria. Marcus A. Doel is a research chair of human geography at Swansea University, Wales, UK.

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