The Gus Van Sant Touch: A Thematic Study—Drugstore Cowboy, by Justin Vicari

By Justin Vicari

loved, debatable, influential, the author of such attention-grabbing and award-winning movies as My personal inner most Idaho, reliable Will searching, Elephant, and Milk, Gus Van Sant stands one of the nice overseas administrators, both at domestic in Hollywood and the avant-garde. analyzing his movies thematically, this booklet reveals consistency of imaginative and prescient in Van Sant’s new angle to cinema, which deploys postmodernist thoughts equivalent to appropriation, nonlinear narrative, and queering—not within the carrier of the stylish yet to use an all-inclusive standpoint to ageless stories of existence, love and demise. Van Sant’s motion pictures are seen via a multi-genre prism, together with the paintings of Bruce Weber and Derek Jarman, the westerns of Sam Peckinpah, the song of the Velvet Underground and Nirvana, the fiction of Sam D’Allesandro, and particularly the “cut-up”/collage perform of intertextual authorship pioneered via William Burroughs.

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