By Ellen Cheshire
Bio-pics: A lifestyles in images deals a sequence of case experiences which throw gentle in this most original of genres. Is the bio-pic a style in its personal correct? Or are such movies purely footnotes in different extra conventional genres equivalent to the western or dress drama, reckoning on the ancient determine less than scrutiny. in contrast to different style types bio-pics probably proportion no primary iconography, codes or conventions. they are often set at any place and at any time. What hyperlinks them is kind of easily that the flicks depict the lifetime of an 'important' individual. via a delicately chosen diversity of thematically associated (English-language) bio-pics published because 1990 this booklet explores key concerns surrounding their resurgence, narrative constitution, construction, topic illustration or misrepresentation, and significant reaction. the flicks less than dialogue are grouped round a occupation (writers, singers, politicians, sportsmen, criminals, artists) making an allowance for comparisons to be drawn in ways to related topic matter.
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His OCD manifested in extreme obsession with cleanliness, and washing his hands is shown through extreme close-ups of a bathroom doorknob looming large, with Hughes waiting for someone else to come in to prevent him from having to touch it. He locks himself away to hide from his increasing deafness (caused by the accident). A scene where a naked Hughes sits on his germ-free seat watching his old movies reﬂected onto his naked torso encapsulates all his obsessions (both positive and negative) in one haunting image.
You’d have to use her voice, you’d have to use her essence’ (quoted in Anon. 2014). Music-based bio-pics were a popular sub-genre of the Hollywood Golden Age and have remained so. They provide a built-in fan base and opportunities for lucrative tie-in soundtrack sales. 21 SHORT CUTS The narrative structure of these music bio-pics can be seen as offering a contradiction to other emotion-driven dramas. In principle, the purpose of a narrative is to get from the beginning to the end of a story with the least amount of fuss.
Crane himself remains an enigma, curiously dispassionate, his voice-over narrative adding no insights into the psyche; it is a bland soundtrack to a man who seemingly has no emotional engagement with the world in which he has become embroiled. There is plenty of nudity, but this is not a sexy ﬁlm. The sex is joyless, and his and Carpenter’s re-viewing of their exploits does not seem anything more than a technical experience as though the mechanics of the technology is of greater importance than the act it is recoding.
Bio-pics : a life in pictures by Ellen Cheshire