Doing Justice: A Ritual-Psychoanalytic Approach to Postmodern Melodrama and a Certain Tendency of the Action Film

@article{Pope2012DoingJA,
  title={Doing Justice: A Ritual-Psychoanalytic Approach to Postmodern Melodrama and a Certain Tendency of the Action Film},
  author={R. Pope},
  journal={Cinema Journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={51},
  pages={113-136}
}
  • R. Pope
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Cinema Journal
Conjoining ethnographic and psychoanalytic approaches, this essay analyzes audience reception of Rambo: First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982) and the more recent Bourne films (Doug Liman, 2002; Paul Greengrass, 2004; Greengrass, 2007). Respondents attest to the ongoing importance of the cinematic experience in the digital era; in particular, they suggest that they sympathize with the action hero's precarious and melodramatic situation of "fighting injustice." The results suggest a need to broaden… Expand
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