New York in Cinematic Imagination: The Agitated City

1st Edition

Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes

July 10, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 280 Pages - 40 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367247560 - CAT# 306979
Series: Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

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New York in Cinematic Imagination is an interdisciplinary study into urbanism and cinematic representations of the American metropolis in the twentieth century. It contextualises spatial transformations and discourse about New York during the Great Depression and the Second World War, examining both imaginary narratives and documentary images of the city in film.


The book argues that alternating endorsements and critiques of the 1920s machine age city are replaced in films of the thirties and forties by a new critical theory of ‘agitated urban modernity’ articulated against the backdrop of turbulent economic and social settings and the initial practices of urban renewal in the post-war period.


Written for postgraduates and researchers in the fields of film, history and urban studies, with 40 black and white illustrations to work alongside the text, this book is an engaging study into cinematic representations of New York city.

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