• Filming Postbourgeois Suburbia:Office Spaceand the New American Suburb

    Author(s):
    Shaun Huston (see profile)
    Date:
    2009
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Feminist Humanities, Film Studies
    Subject(s):
    Cultural geography, Film and society, Landscape, Popular culture studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    20th century film, geography, Office Space, representations, suburbs
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6MB6F
    Abstract:
    The article examines how the depiction of American suburbia in motion pictures illustrates the physical, cultural, and demographic changes in modern suburban society. Particular attention is paid to the portrayal of the suburban landscape in the 1999 film "Office Space," written and directed by Mike Judge. The "polymorphous" landscape of "Office Space" shows single family homes along side office parks, apartments, restaurants and retail spaces. How the film introduces new sources of angst and oppression to contemporary suburbia is assessed. It is suggested that the film highlights the fact that the suburbs Americans actually live in are fundamentally different from the ones that once dominated the cultural imagination.
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    Published
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