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Cultural Studies

By Richard Dyer

Purely leisure is a vintage selection of essays on leisure and the pleasures of pop culture. Richard Dyer argues that any research of leisure starts off with spotting that leisure is a part of a "common sense" that's continually traditionally and culturally built. Dyer examines this social development of leisure with no rejecting aesthetic or ideological feedback, and his topics variety from The Sound of tune to motion cinema, classical ballet to disco, megastar pin-ups to pornography. the second one version incorporates a new creation putting the essays within the context of cultural debates.

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First, it seems to me that the reading of nonrepresentational signs in the cinema is particularly undeveloped. On the one hand, the mise-en-scène approach (at least as classically developed in Movie) tends to treat the non-representational as a function of the representational, simply a way of bringing out, emphasizing, aspects of plot, character, situation, without signification in their own right. On the other hand, semiotics has been concerned with the codification of the representational. Second, I feel that film analysis remains notoriously non-historical, except in rather lumbering, simplistic ways.

Thus, while the non-representational certainly suggests an alternative to the narrative, the representational merely reinforces the narrative (women as sexual coinage, women – and men – as expressions of the male producer). g. 1 Women as abundance: Golddiggers of 1933 magic, the by-definition immaterial), dance as human creative energy and subhuman mindlessness. In Funny Face, the central contradiction is between art and entertainment, and this is further worked through in the antagonism between the central couple, Audrey Hepburn (art) and Fred Astaire (entertainment).

G. political/economic manipulation, psychological forces), but I want to put the emphasis here on entertainment as entertainment. Musicals were predominantly conceived of, by producers and audiences alike, as ‘pure entertainment’ – the idea of entertainment was a prime determinant on them. Yet because entertainment is a common-sense, ‘obvious’ idea, what is really meant and implied by it never gets discussed. Musicals are one of a whole string of forms – music hall, variety, TV spectaculars, pantomime, cabaret, etc.

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