The Apartment Complex: Urban Living and Global Screen Cultures
edited by Pamela Robertson Wojcik
Duke University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-4780-0251-2 | Paper: 978-1-4780-0142-3 | Cloth: 978-1-4780-0108-9

From the bachelor pad that Jack Lemmon's C. C. Baxter loans out to his superiors in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960) to the crumbling tenement in a dystopian Taipei in Ming-liang Tsai's The Hole (1998), the apartment is often more than just a setting in films and television series: it can motivate or shape the narrative in key ways. Such works belong to a critical genre identified by Pamela Robertson Wojcik as the apartment plot, which comprises specific thematic, visual, and narrative conventions that explore modern urbanism's various forms and possibilities. Bringing together a diverse group of international scholars to discuss the apartment plot in a global context, the contributors to The Apartment Complex examine films made both within and beyond the Hollywood studios. They consider the apartment plot's intersections with film noir, horror, comedy, and the musical, addressing how different national or historical contexts modify the apartment plot and how the genre's framework rethinks the work of auteurs while identifying productive connections and tensions between otherwise disparate texts.

Contributors. Steven Cohan, Michael DeAngelis, Veronica Fitzpatrick, Annamarie Jagose, Paula J. Massood, Joe McElhaney, Merrill Schleier, Lee Wallace, Pamela Robertson Wojcik 

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