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Martin Scorsese's America

Author: Ellis Cashmore
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For over four decades, Martin Scorsese has been the chronicler of an obsessive society, where material possessions and physical comfort are valued, where the pursuit of individual improvement is rewarded and where male prerogative is respected and preserved." "Scorsese has often described his films as sociology and he has a point: his storytelling condenses complex information into comprehensible narratives about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Martin Scorsese; Martin / Criticism and interpretation Scorsese; Martin Scorsese; Martin Scorsese; Martin Scorsese; Martin Scorsese
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ellis Cashmore
ISBN: 9780745645223 0745645224 0745645232 9780745645230
OCLC Number: 320316072
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : Grand, dark, American vision --
Dream gone toxic --
Whose law? what order? --
Minds and the metropolis --
Pawns in their game --
What the people want --
Family values --
Idea of a man --
Women lose --
Submission to romance --
Conclusion : Price of money.
Responsibility: Ellis Cashmore.
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