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Hollywood renaissance : the cinema of democracy in the era of Ford, Capra, and Kazan

Author: Sam B Girgus
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this provocative and original book, Sam Girgus offers a fresh look at films such as The Searchers, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, High Noon, and On the Waterfront, and shows how they are part of the cultural and historical debate that examines, structures, and questions what modern America means to its people, the world, and history.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sam B Girgus
ISBN: 052162388X 9780521623889 0521625521 9780521625524
OCLC Number: 38016600
Description: xii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ethnics and roughnecks: the making of the Hollywood renaissance --
A cinema for democracy: John Ford and the crisis of modernity, myth, and meaning --
Gender and American character: Frank Capra --
Revisioning heroic masculinity: from Ford to Hawks and Zinnemann --
An American conscience: Elia Kazan's long journey home --
Losing tomorrow: George Stevens and the American idea --
Conclusion: film and America after the Hollywood Renaissance.
Responsibility: Sam B. Girgus.
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