The Film Cheat

The Film Cheat

But the apparent revelation of a performative seam is a trick, a cheat: a door marked BACKSTAGE that does not really ... The cheat of film narrative is made accessible, albeit unlabeled as such, and provides grounds for thinking about ...

Author: Murray Pomerance

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501364969

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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Murray Pomerance, venerated film scholar, is the first to take on the 'cheat' in film, where 'cheating' constitutes a collection of production, performance, and structuring maneuvers intended to foster the impression of a screen reality that does not exist as presented. This usually calls for a suspension of disbelief in the viewer, but that rests on the assumption that disbelief is problematic for viewership, and that we must find some way to “suspend” or “disconnect” it in order to allow for the entertainment of the fiction in its own terms. The Film Cheat explores forty-five aspects of the 'cheat,' analyzing classic films such as Singin' in the Rain and Chinatown, to more contemporary films like The Revenant and Baby Driver, with Pomerance engaging his encyclopedic knowledge of film history to point out numerous instances of suspensions of disbeliefs. Whether or not Gene Kelly is actually dancin' in the rain, or if Elliott is really flying on his bicycle carrying E.T., these cheats are what make movie magic. Elegantly weaving the narrative for one to dip into at random or to read from cover to cover, Pomerance turns things upside down so that the audience actually finds pleasure in the cheat itself, pleasure in the disbelief. To see the elegant fake, the supremely accomplished simulacrum is a pleasure in its own right, indeed one of the fundamental pleasures of cinema.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Film Cheat

The Film Cheat

Murray Pomerance, venerated film scholar, is the first to take on the 'cheat' in film, where 'cheating' constitutes a collection of production, performance, and structuring maneuvers intended to foster the impression of a screen reality ...

Author: Murray Pomerance

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501364976

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

View: 293

Murray Pomerance, venerated film scholar, is the first to take on the 'cheat' in film, where 'cheating' constitutes a collection of production, performance, and structuring maneuvers intended to foster the impression of a screen reality that does not exist as presented. This usually calls for a suspension of disbelief in the viewer, but that rests on the assumption that disbelief is problematic for viewership, and that we must find some way to “suspend” or “disconnect” it in order to allow for the entertainment of the fiction in its own terms. The Film Cheat explores forty-five aspects of the 'cheat,' analyzing classic films such as Singin' in the Rain and Chinatown, to more contemporary films like The Revenant and Baby Driver, with Pomerance engaging his encyclopedic knowledge of film history to point out numerous instances of suspensions of disbeliefs. Whether or not Gene Kelly is actually dancin' in the rain, or if Elliott is really flying on his bicycle carrying E.T., these cheats are what make movie magic. Elegantly weaving the narrative for one to dip into at random or to read from cover to cover, Pomerance turns things upside down so that the audience actually finds pleasure in the cheat itself, pleasure in the disbelief. To see the elegant fake, the supremely accomplished simulacrum is a pleasure in its own right, indeed one of the fundamental pleasures of cinema.
Categories: Performing Arts

How to Cheat in Sports

How to Cheat in Sports

The rewards are high for cheating in football. If you cheat in basketball, the reward might be two points out of your team's total of one hundred. If you cheat in football and the result is a touchdown, that one play could account for ...

Author: Scott Ostler

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811873697

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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It's no secret that pro athletes cheat. But how exactly do they do it? Original interviews with former professional athletes and coaches reveal step-by-step instructions and technical drawings on how to throw a spitball, become an unblockable linebacker, foul a jumpshooter without getting caught, and other ways to gain an advantage over opponents. Hilarious accounts from insiders place these trade secrets in context, divulging what really happens in baseball, football, basketball, NASCAR, hockey, and even bowling, horseshoes, and kickball. When athletes say they give 110%, How to Cheat in Sports explains the extra 10%.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Sessue Hayakawa

Sessue Hayakawa

a Japanese newspaper in Los Angeles, started a campaign against the film. Hayakawa wrote in his autobiography, “Recalling my experiences in making this picture [The Cheat] brings to mind the opposition my playing the role of the ...

Author: Daisuke Miyao

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822389828

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 396

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While the actor Sessue Hayakawa (1886–1973) is perhaps best known today for his Oscar-nominated turn as a Japanese military officer in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), in the early twentieth century he was an internationally renowned silent film star, as recognizable as Charlie Chaplin or Douglas Fairbanks. In this critical study of Hayakawa’s stardom, Daisuke Miyao reconstructs the Japanese actor’s remarkable career, from the films that preceded his meteoric rise to fame as the star of Cecil B. DeMille’s The Cheat (1915) through his reign as a matinee idol and the subsequent decline and resurrection of his Hollywood fortunes. Drawing on early-twentieth-century sources in both English and Japanese, including Japanese-language newspapers in the United States, Miyao illuminates the construction and reception of Hayakawa’s stardom as an ongoing process of cross-cultural negotiation. Hayakawa’s early work included short films about Japan that were popular with American audiences as well as spy films that played upon anxieties about Japanese nationalism. The Jesse L. Lasky production company sought to shape Hayakawa’s image by emphasizing the actor’s Japanese traits while portraying him as safely assimilated into U.S. culture. Hayakawa himself struggled to maintain his sympathetic persona while creating more complex Japanese characters that would appeal to both American and Japanese audiences. The star’s initial success with U.S. audiences created ambivalence in Japan, where some described him as traitorously Americanized and others as a positive icon of modernized Japan. This unique history of transnational silent-film stardom focuses attention on the ways that race, ethnicity, and nationality influenced the early development of the global film industry.
Categories: Performing Arts

Extreme Exoticism

Extreme Exoticism

For a recording featuring a particularly appropriate score by Robert Israel, see Manslaughter; The Cheat (New York: Kino International Corp., 2002). DeMille's film has received sustained critical attention.

Author: William Anthony Sheppard

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190072704

Category: Music

Page: 640

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To what extent can music be employed to shape one culture's understanding of another? In the American imagination, Japan has represented the "most alien" nation for over 150 years. This perceived difference has inspired fantasies--of both desire and repulsion--through which Japanese culture has profoundly impacted the arts and industry of the U.S. While the influence of Japan on American and European painting, architecture, design, theater, and literature has been celebrated in numerous books and exhibitions, the role of music has been virtually ignored until now. W. Anthony Sheppard's Extreme Exoticism offers a detailed documentation and wide-ranging investigation of music's role in shaping American perceptions of the Japanese, the influence of Japanese music on American composers, and the place of Japanese Americans in American musical life. Presenting numerous American encounters with and representations of Japanese music and Japan, this book reveals how music functions in exotic representation across a variety of genres and media, and how Japanese music has at various times served as a sign of modernist experimentation, a sounding board for defining American music, and a tool for reshaping conceptions of race and gender. From the Tin Pan Alley songs of the Russo-Japanese war period to Weezer's Pinkerton album, music has continued to inscribe Japan as the land of extreme exoticism.
Categories: Music

The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films

The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films

Paradoxically, considering its anti-Asian slant, The Cheat was the defining film for the silent film career of Sessue Hayakawa, one of the biggest stars in the history of the silent screen. Thereafter, he would go on to star in dozens ...

Author: Salvador Jimenez Murguía

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442269064

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 824

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From D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915 to the recent Get Out, audiences and critics alike have responded to racism in motion pictures for more than a century. Whether subtle or blatant, racially biased images and narratives erase minorities, perpetuate stereotypes, and keep alive practices of discrimination and marginalization. Even in the 21st century, the American film industry is not “color blind,” evidenced by films such as Babel (2006), A Better Life, (2011), and 12 Years a Slave (2013). The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film documents one facet of racism in the film industry, wherein historically underrepresented peoples are misrepresented—through a lack of roles for actors of color, stereotyping, negative associations, and an absence of rich, nuanced characters. Offering insights and analysis from over seventy scholars, critics, and activists, the volume highlights issues such as: Hollywood’s diversity crisis White Savior films Magic Negro tropes The disconnect between screen images and lived realities of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians A companion to the ever-growing field of race studies, this volume opens up a critical dialogue on an always timely issue. The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film will appeal to scholars of cinema, race and ethnicity studies, and cultural history.
Categories: Performing Arts

Death of the Cheating Man

Death of the Cheating Man

The part of the film that shows the truest similarity to cheating is in the end. After so many years of battling against himself and failing, John finally fully accepts his issue head-on. He develops the understanding that his only way ...

Author: Maxwell Billieon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451655254

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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A revealing look at why men cheat, by two reformed cheaters—one a faithful business mogul and the other a celebrity addicted to infidelity. Relationship expert and former cheater Maxwell Billieon uncovers the hidden truth about unfaithful men and why deceitfulness is causing the demise of the human family as he teaches women everything they need to know about men who take advantage of their emotions. Ray J’s very public relationships made front-page headlines worldwide. He exposes his secret devious past as he learns how not to cheat through the principles that Maxwell Billieon has used to help countless men stop cheating. There are “Six Virtues of the New Man,” and Death of the Cheating Man reveals them all in a groundbreaking, entertaining and informative way.
Categories: Self-Help

Unspeakable Images

Unspeakable Images

Sumiko Higashi 4 Ethnicity , Class , and Gender in Film : DeMille's The Cheat The Limits of Poststructuralism Film studies has acquired legitimacy in higher education in recent years , particularly with the use of poststructuralist ...

Author: Lester D. Friedman

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252015754

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 443

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Categories: Performing Arts

Cecil B DeMille s Hollywood

Cecil B  DeMille s Hollywood

In the 1980s I came to do some unpaid work making a detailed inventory of the films in a vault on the grounds of DeMille's ... This film had been completely overshadowed by The Cheat ( 1915 ) which had come to stand in as a sort of ...

Author: Robert Birchard

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813123240

Category: History

Page: 430

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"Drawing extensively on DeMille's personal archives and other primary sources, Robert S. Birchard offers a revealing portrait of the film-maker that goes behind studio gates and beyond DeMille's legendary persona. Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood is a detailed and definitive chronicle of cinematic work that changed the course of film history and a look at how movies were made during Hollywood's golden age."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: History

A Film Actor s Technique

A Film Actor s Technique

Casting Director: A person or agency hired by the Production Company to find actors who are suitable for the film. ... Cheat: The repositioning of something from the previous shot so that it is visible again in the subsequent shot.

Author: James A. Baffico

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781466905160

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 235

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A comprehensive step-by-step how-to guide for the beginner movie actor.
Categories: Performing Arts