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Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Ellen Cheshire


This book offers a series of case studies that throw light on the type of films that are collectively known as bio-pics. It asks whether the bio-pic is a genre in its own right, or whether such films are merely footnotes to other more traditional genres such as western or costume dramas. It shows how bio-pics, unlike other genre forms, seem to share no familiar iconography, codes, or conventions. They can be set anywhere and at any time. It argues that what links them is, quite simply, the fact that the films depict the life of an “important” person. Through a carefully selected range of thema ... More

Keywords: bio-pics, English-language films, film genre, narrative structure, westerns, costume dramas, subject representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172059
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Cheshire, author