CUS  Vol.4 No.2 , June 2016
The City in Cinema: A Global Perspective
Abstract: Commercial cinema is a worldwide form of entertainment enjoyed by most of the planet’s population and variety of cultures. Films are produced on six continents and marketed successfully internationally. However, cinema is more than a medium for telling stories of adventure, intrigue, comedy and romance. As most of the world’s population now lives in cities, many films take place in urban settings, where a large number of those cities’ physical and social problems are exposed. Commercial film, then, plays a useful role in determining how such issues can be confronted through the lenses of their many countries and cultures. That is, solutions to urban problems must be culturally sensitive. Moreover, as cities dominate life on planet Earth in the 21st century far beyond what their population alone would warrant, they are at the core of some of the most influential films of the last century. This paper, then, is significant in that it looks at some of these urban focused films and identifies the universal themes they consider.
Cite this paper: Edelman, D. (2016) The City in Cinema: A Global Perspective. Current Urban Studies, 4, 140-145. doi: 10.4236/cus.2016.42010.

[1]   Ajami (Israel, 2009). Produced by Moshe Danon, Thanassis Karathanos and Talia Kleinhendler and Directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani.

[2]   Bend it like Beckham (UK, 2002). Produced by Gurinda Chadna and Deepak Naya and Directed by Gurinda Chadna.

[3]   Black Orpheus (Brazil/France/Italy, 1959). Produced by Sacha Gordine and Directed by Marcel Camus.

[4]   Blade Runner (USA, 1991). Produced by Charles de Lauzirika and Michael Deeley and Directed by Ridley Scott.

[5]   Can (Turkey, 2011). Produced and Directed by Rasit Celikezer.

[6]   Chinatown (USA, 1974). Produced by Robert Evans and Directed by Roman Polanski.

[7]   City of God (Brazil, 20002).Produced by Andrea Barata Ribeiro and Directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund.

[8]   Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (India, 2015). Produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Aditya Chopra and Directed by Dibakar Banerjee.

[9]   Do the Right Thing (USA, 1989). Produced and Directed by Spike Lee.

[10]   Elysium (USA, 2013). Produced by Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg and Directed by Neill Blomkamp.

[11]   Grand Torino (USA, 2008). Produced by Clint Eastwood, Bill Gerber and Robert Lorenz and Directed by Clint Eastwood.

[12]   Java Heat (USA/Indonesia, 2013). Produced by Conor Allyn and Rob Allyn. and Directed by Conor Allyn.

[13]   La Gunguna (Dominican Republic, 2015). Produced by Ernesto Alemany and Juan Basanta and Directed by Ernesto Alemany.

[14]   La Haine (France, 1995). Produced by Christophe Rossignon and Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.

[15]   Metro Manila (UK/Philippines, 2013). Produced by Mathilde Charpentier and Sean Ellis and Directed by Sean Ellis.

[16]   Metropolis (Germany, 1927). Produced by Erich Pommer and directed by Fritz Lang.

[17]   Microphone (Egypt, 2011). Produced by Khaled Abol Naga and Mohamed Hefzy and Directed by Ahmad Abdalla.

[18]   Modern Times (USA, 1936). Produced and Directed by Charlie Chaplin.

[19]   Norma Rae (USA, 1979). Produced by Tamara Asseyev and Alexandra (Alex) Rose and Directed by Martin Ritt.

[20]   On the Waterfront (USA, 1954). Produced by Sam Spiegel and Directed by Elia Kazan.

[21]   Piter FM. Three Episodes (Russia, 2006). Produced by Elena Glikman, Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy and Igor Tolstunov and Directed by Oksana Bychkova.

[22]   Run Lola Run (Germany, 1998). Produced by Stefen Arndt, Gebhard Henke and Andreas Schreitmüller and Directed by Tom Tykwer.

[23]   Slumdog Millionaire (UK/India, 2008). Produced by Christian Colson and Directed by Danny Boyle.

[24]   The Harder They Come (Jamaica, 1972). Produced by and Directed by Perry Henzell.

[25]   The Third Man (UK, 1949). Produced by Carol Reed, Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick, and Directed by Carol Reed.

[26]   The Year of Living Dangerously (USA/Australia, 1982). Produced by James McElroy.and Directed by Peter Weir.

[27]   Viva Riva! (Congo, 2010). Produced and Directed by Djo Munga.

[28]   Wild City (Hong Kong/China, 2015). Produced by Ringo Lam and Chris Liu and Directed by Ringo Lam.