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America on film : modernism, documentary, and a changing America

Author: Sam B Girgus
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In America on Film, Sam B. Girgus traces how the representation of being "American" in films of recent decades differs dramatically from portrayals in classic mid-century Hollywood film. In works such as Mississippi Masala, Lone Star, Malcolm X, Raging Bull, When We Were Kings, and Bugsy he finds new and ethnically varied characters that reembody American values, ideals, and conflicts. Such films dramatize a
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sam B Girgus
ISBN: 0521810922 9780521810920 0521009316 9780521009317
OCLC Number: 48397793
Description: xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : film and modernism in America : documentary and a democratic aesthetic --
pt. 1. Embodying a new race for America : the question of American hope in Mississippi Masala and Lone Star. Embodying a new race for America : Mississippi Masala ; Lone Star : an archeology of American culture and the American psyche --
pt. 2. Great fights for the century. Raging bull : revisioning the body, soul, and cinema ; The black gladiator and the Spartacus syndrome : race, redemption, and the ring --
pt. 3. The image and the word : literature and film. "Fresh starts" : Bugsy, The great Gatsby, and the American dream ; Imaging masochism and the politics of pain : "facing" the word in the cinetext of Seize the day --
pt. 4. Documentary and fiction. Documenting the body in Modern times : love, play, and repression in Chaplin's silent classic ; Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, and the rebirth of Malcolm X : cinetext for a black American dream.
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America on Film, first published in 2002, examines how the notion of 'American' has changed from American cinema up to the 1950s.  Read more...

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"A useful text for anyone interested in understanding how American cinema both produces and reflects stories and images about national ideologies and identities." American Studies

 
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