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Title: Striking a balance between culture and fun: 'Quality' meets hitman genre in 'In Bruges'
Authors: King, G
Keywords: In Bruges;Indiewood;Hybrid;Irony;Sincerity
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: New Review of Film and Television Studies, 9(2), 132 - 151, 2011
Abstract: This paper gives an analysis of In Bruges (2008) that situates the film as a hybrid product offering a mixture of signifiers of cinematic ‘quality’ and ‘lower’ genre ingredients. This paper also considers the extent to which In Bruges offers a combination of tonal registers in which irony and detachment, as markers of distinction, are blended with a more mainstream-oriented appeal to emotional engagement on the part of the viewer, and considers how this might be related to the broader social and industrial contexts in which it appeared.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in New Review of Film and Television Studies, 9(2), 132 - 151, 2011, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
ISSN: 1740-0309
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