World Film Locations: Las Vegas (Book)

World Film Locations: Las Vegas goes beyond the clichés of Sin City to examine what Hal Rothman and Mike Davis called 'the grit beneath the glitter', thus providing an opportunity to find out more about the unique position Vegas occupies in the popular imagination.

Category: Film Studies

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Sin and redemption. The ridiculous and the sublime. The carnivalesque excess of the Strip and the barrenness of the desert surrounding the city. Visited by millions of fortune seekers – and starry-eyed lovers – each year, Las Vegas is a city with as many apparent contradictions as Elvis impersonators and this complexity is reflected in the diversity of films that have been shot on location there. 

A copiously illustrated retrospective of Vegas's appearances on the big screen, this new volume in Intellect's World Film Locations series presents synopses of scenes from a broad selection of films – from big-budget blockbusters like Oceans Eleven to acclaimed classics Rain Man, Casino and The Godfather to cult favourites like Showgirls and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Insightful essays throughout explore a range of topics, including the Rat Pack's Las Vegas, the cinematised Strip, Las Vegas as a frequent backdrop for science fiction and the various film portrayals of iconic pop-cultural figures like Elvis and Frank Sinatra. Rounding out this information are film stills juxtaposed with photographs of the locations as they appear today.

Marcelline Block is a lecturer in history at Princeton University, where she is completing her PhD in French. She is the editor or coeditor of several volumes, including Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema.

Maps/Scenes

Scenes 1-8 – 1957-1980

Scenes 9-16 – 1982-1988

Scenes 17-24 – 1988-1995

Scenes 25-32 – 1995-1998

Scenes 33-29 – 1999-2005

Scenes 40-46 – 2007-2010

Essays

Las Vegas: City of the Imagination – David Sterritt

Pack Mentality: The Vegas of the Original Ocean’s Eleven – Walter Raubicheck

Fear and Loathing: Las Vegas and the Cinema of American Excess – Mike King

Dream Machine: Las Vegas as Mythical Destination – Oana Chivoiu

Electric Dreams: Lighting Up The Strip Sydney Pollack Style – Carol Cling

Strings Attached: Las Vegas in Science Fiction ‘B’ Movies – Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoàng

Beyond the Strip: Life and Culture on the Outer Limits of ‘Sin City’ – David Dickens

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