Mad Max

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Mad Max



January 7th, 2020

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Mad Max (1979) is a freak picture. Too classy and well-crafted to be lumped in with low-budget Ozploitation titles, yet completely unlike other films made during the 1970s Australian New Wave, George Miller’s directorial debut is a singular piece of action cinema, one that had a major cultural impact and spawned a movie icon in Max Rockatansky (played by Mel Gibson). This monograph examines the film’s considerable formal qualities in detail, including Miller’s theory of cinema as “visual rock ‘n’ roll” and his marriage of classical Hollywood editing and Soviet-style montage. George Miller is arguably the single most important filmmaker in Australia’s history, bringing a commercial and artistic vision to the screen few of his compatriots have ever managed before or since. Taking in everything from the film’s extremely controversial critical reception to its legacy today via a string of sequels and the creation of an entire subgenre—postapocalyptic action—the book is for film students and fans alike.

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Martyn Conterio is a film writer based in the South East of England. To date, he has written a study of Mario Bava's Black Sunday, in Auteur's Devil's Advocates series, and a monograph on George Miller's Mad Max, for Auteur's Constellations collection. He contributes to numerous print and online publications.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Preface: A Few Years From Now8
Introduction: Base But See It10
Chapter One: Give ‘Em Back Their Heroes16
Chapter Two: Metal Damage, Brain Damage32
Chapter Three: The White Line Nightmare56
Chapter Four: Beyond Anarchie Road78