British Action and Adventure: A National Take on a Global Genre

Yvonne Tasker

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Abstract

Action and adventure are prominent forms in contemporary commercial
cinema, modes of filmmaking with a high degree of cultural visibility.
Action as a genre is associated with both technical innovation in the
service of visual spectacle, and with American or more precisely
Hollywood cinema. An inventive use of 3D (with simultaneous
2D/standard release), mobilisation of a rich American cultural form (the
comic book) and ensemble action is exemplified by the expense and
commercial value of the twenty-first century superhero film. Though far
from the only form of contemporary Hollywood action/adventure cinema
(there are numerous variants), the superhero film underlines the scale of
financial investment and spectator involvement in Hollywood action’s
explosive scenes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalFrames Cinema Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2014

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