A new persona for a new new Hollywood: the work of Charlie Kaufman and how it informs the changing face of American independent cinema

Morley, Thomas (2011) A new persona for a new new Hollywood: the work of Charlie Kaufman and how it informs the changing face of American independent cinema. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

[img] PDF
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (487kB)

    Abstract

    This analysis of the work of Charlie Kaufman attempts to identify his distinctive persona. I also interrogate how these nuance the changing nature of American independent cinema, most notably the current trend of the New New Hollywood, or Indiewood.

    My method is to isolate three different persona that recur within Kaufman's oeuvre. These form the three substantive chapters within the text. I analyse Kaufman's representation of 'the creative persona, the 'romantic persona' and the 'celebrity persona' and assess how these inform his work. I then relate this to Charlie Kaufman's influence over the development of Indiewood filmmaking, paying particular attention to the spirit of rapprochement with mainstream Hollywood cinema. This is important because all three personas encapsulate elements of both the personal and the public, whilst engaging with structures of society and commercial filmmaking.

    I argue that the personae Kaufman presents are based not only on his personal viewpoints but also on his opinion regarding mainstream filmic representation. This finding is framed within a context that discusses the changing nature of American independent film sensibility. I ascertain that it is the nature of film to represent life, but also that that representation is an important part of life outside of the film as well. It is this dialogue between the real and artificial which informs my work as a whole. Kaufman embraces a filmic artifice but shies away from lying to an audience via his representations. Therefore, his characters (personae) emerge from a need to be based on a truth, but they are housed in a filmic artifice which is typical of popular film.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 11:35
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7033

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...