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The Cinema of Richard Linklater


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Table of Contents

1. Walk, Don't Run: The Cinema of Richard Linklater
2. Locating Linklater
3. Crafting Contradictions
4. The Form and Content of Slack
5. Walking and Talking
6. Dreamstate, USA: The Metaphysics of Animation
7. Winging It
8. The Spaces In Between

About the Author

Rob Stone is professor of film studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Julio Medem (2007); coauthor of Basque Cinema: A Cultural and Political History (2015); and coeditor of The Unsilvered Screen: Surrealism on Film (2007), Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema (2012), A Companion to Luis Bunuel (2013), and The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (2018), among others.


Rob Stone explores the elements that connect Linklater's films with each other and the ways in which they represent a particular perspective as this is associated with the filmmaker's philosophy. Through recourse to key theoretical and philosophical approaches, the use of thematic analysis and extensive interviews with Linklater himself, Stone provides thought provoking discussions of his numerous films...The Cinema of Richard Linklater is a theoretically powerful and analytically rigorous study. -- Yannis Tzioumakis, University of Liverpool
Written with his trademark balance of intellectual rigor and entertainment, Stone's updated volume provides the perfect scholarly accompaniment to Linklater's films, not only offering exceptional analyses of those films that have come out since the publication of the first edition, but also using these films as a filter to cast new light on his older work. -- Paul Cooke, University of Leeds
This book presents a careful reading of every film by Linklater, and considers the filmmaker's work through various theoretical concepts, using each to elucidate and contextualize Linklater's work. Linklater, Stone argues, harbors a commitment to several key themes, a particular aesthetic and a point of view that remains consistent across more than two decades...This book is written with authority, clarity, precision and a full awareness of contemporary conversations related to cinema. -- Holly Willis, University of Southern California

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