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ReFocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt

E. Dawn Hall

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The first book-length study of Reichardt’s career and works

Over her multi-film career, including works like Old Joy, Meek’s Cutoff and Certain Women, the independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt has established a highly individual perspective on questions of gender, feminism, socioeconomics and sexual orientation, set within an aesthetic framework that is guided by the low-budget techniques of ‘slow cinema’, minimalism and neorealism. In this close reading of her films and production methods, E. Dawn Hall defines Reichardt’s auteur characteristics, arguing that she offers a contemporary and sustainable model for independent filmmakers in America.

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Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgements

Kelly Reichardt as Auteur

A Closer Look: Kelly Reichardt

Precursor: River of Grass
Production
A Female Centered Road Movie
Feminist Counter-Cinema
Taboo Topics: Post-Partum and Role Reversals
Powerless Men
Liminal Existence

Growth: "Ode," "Then, A Year" and "Travis"
"Ode" (1999)
"Then, a Year" (2001)
"Travis" (2004)

Discovery: Old Joy
Production
Complicating Masculinity
Politics and Personal Identity
Inserting the Feminine

Breakthrough:Wendy and Lucy
Production
Neo-Neorealism
Gender and the Narrative of Homelessness
Social Realism and the At-Risk vs. the Can-do Girl
Ecofeminist Concerns

Expectations: Meek's Cutoff
The Real Story of Meek
Production
Sound
Questions of Genre: Feminist Western
Slow Cinema and Neo-Neorealism
"Politicking," Race, and Violence
The Open Image in Slow Cinema

Expansion: Night Moves
Production
Sound
Denying Expectations
Political Connections
Historical Implications: Oklahoma
Earth Liberation Front (ELF)
Maternity and Post Feminism
A Character Study

Solidificaton: Certain Women
Production
Adaptation: Lost Characters and Open Endings

An Interview with Kelly Reichardt

Filmography

Bibliography

About the Author

E. Dawn Hall is a professor in the English Department at Western Kentucky University.

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