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The Cinema of Richard LinklaterWalk, Don't Run$
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Rob Stone

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165532

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165532.001.0001

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Locating Linklater

Locating Linklater

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(p.7) Chapter One Locating Linklater
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The Cinema of Richard Linklater
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Rob Stone

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165532.003.0001

This chapter examines the role of the city of Austin in Richard Linklater's cinema. Locating Linklater in Austin is vital, for his films not only emerged from the slacker culture of the mid-1980s, but enunciate the undermining of the ideologies of late capitalist materialism through the form, content, style, and themes of his filmmaking. Through this city, Linklater applied the techniques associated with representations of alienation in post-war European cinema to a specifically regional concept of American cinema that was also informed by existentialist and Marxist undercurrents. Consequently, his films associated slacker culture with the deliberate wider critical project of communal estrangement from political and national hegemonies, and reterritorialised a part of America that would find common identity and cause in the development of independent cinema.

Keywords:   city of Austin, slacker culture, capitalist materialism, alienation, post-war European cinema, American cinema, independent cinema

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