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The first collection of essays devoted to the phenomenon of the film sequel.
Sequels, serials, and remakes have been a staple of cinema since the very beginning, and recent years have seen the emergence of dynamic and progressive variations of these multi-film franchises. Taking a broad range of sequels as case studies, from the Godfather movies to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Second Takes confronts the complications posed by film sequels and their aftermaths, proposing new critical approaches to what has become a dominant industrial mode of Hollywood cinema. The contributors explore the sequel’s investments in repetition, difference, continuation, and retroactivity, and particularly those attitudes and approaches toward the sequel that hold it up as a kind of figurehead of Hollywood’s commercial imperatives. An invaluable resource to the film student, critic, and fan, Second Takes offers new ways of looking at the film sequel’s industrial, aesthetic, cultural, political, and theoretical contexts.
“…engage[s] with the sequel in a wide range of national and historical contexts.” — Scope
“…Second Takes is the first essay collection exploring the trend of sequelization and multi-film franchises in contemporary cinema and an excellent and valuable addition to the slowly growing field of academic research on sequels, series, and remakes.” — Screening the Past
“A comprehensive and adventurous exploration of a timely topic.” — Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia
Carolyn Jess-Cooke is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. She is the author of Shakespeare on Film: Such Things as Dreams Are Made Of and Film Sequels: Theory and Practice from Hollywood to Bollywood, and the coeditor (with Melissa Croteau) of Apocalyptic Shakespeare: Essays on Visions of Destruction and Revelation in Recent Film Adaptations.Constantine Verevis is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, and the author of Film Remakes.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Constantine Verevis
1. Redefining the Sequel: The Case of the (Living) Dead Constantine Verevis
2. Of “True” Sequels: The Four Daughters Movies, or the Series That Wasn’t Jennifer Forrest
3. Sequel-Ready Fiction: After Austen’s Happily Ever After Thomas Leitch
4. Before and After, Before Before and After: Godfather I, II , and III R. Barton Palmer
5. Sequelizing Hollywood: The American “Smart” Film Claire Perkins
6. From Remake to Sequel: Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve Joyce Goggin
7. Decent Burial or Miraculous Resurrection: Serenity, Mourning, and Sequels to Dead Television Shows Ina Rae Hark
8. Prequel: The “Afterwardsness” of the Sequel Paul Sutton
9. Circulations: Technology and Discourse in The Ring Intertext Daniel Herbert
10. Sequelizing the Superhero: Postmillennial Anxiety and Cultural “Need” Simon McEnteggart
11. Before and After and Right Now: Sequels in the Digital Era Nicholas Rombes
12. Sequelizing Spectatorship and Building Up the Kingdom: The Case of Pirates of the Caribbean, Or, How a Theme Park Attraction Spawned a Multibillion-Dollar Film Franchise Carolyn Jess-Cooke