Second takes: critical approaches to the film sequel

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

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Sequels, serials, and remakes have been a staple of cinema since the very beginning, and recent years have seen the emergence of dynamic and progressive variations of these multi-film franchises. Taking a broad range of sequels as case studies, from the Godfather movies to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Second Takes confronts the complications posed by film sequels and their aftermaths, proposing new critical approaches to what has become a dominant industrial mode of Hollywood cinema. The contributors explore the sequels investments in repetition, difference, continuation, and retroactivity, and particularly those attitudes and approaches toward the sequel that hold it up as a kind of figurehead of Hollywoods commercial imperatives. An invaluable resource to the film student, critic, and fan, Second Takes offers new ways of looking at the film sequels industrial, aesthetic, cultural, political, and theoretical contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherState University of New York Press
ISBN (Print)9781438430294
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameHorizons of Cinema
PublisherState University of New York Press


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