Title

Flamboyant risk taking: Why some filmmakers embrace avoidable and excessive risks

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

Film and Risk

Publication Date

2012

First Page

31

Last Page

54

Abstract

While many scholarly books and articles devoted to film make passing reference to risk, no attempt has been made systematically to explore filmmaking as a process involving the actual taking of risks as well as the depiction of risk taking. As a mostly cost-intensive, collaborative activity that spans the worlds of commerce and art and aims to engage large numbers of people-often in a range of different places-filmmaking is necessarily caught up with, at the very least, economic risks. That the phenomenon of risk should be rather neglected in the scholarly literature on film is in many ways surprising, given how central it is to any number of other disciplines, many of them relevant to the study of film. Risk, after all, is a concept that economists, sociologists, and anthropologists consider crucial, as their already voluminous and still growing literature on the topic clearly indicates. © 2012 by Wayne State University Press.

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9780814334638

Recommended Citation

Hjort, M. (2012). Flamboyant risk taking: Why some filmmakers embrace avoidable and excessive risks. In Hjort, M. (ed.) Film and Risk, pp. 31-54. Wayne State University Press.