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Reconstructing American historical cinema : from Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Author: J E Smyth
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By looking at production records, scripts, and contemporary reviews, J.E. Smyth argues that certain classical Hollywood filmmakers were actively engaged in a self-conscious history. Her volume is a major reassessment of American historiography and cinematic historians from the advent of sound to the beginning of wartime film production in 1942."
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Smyth, J.E., 1977-
Reconstructing American historical cinema.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2006
(OCoLC)607759417
Online version:
Smyth, J.E., 1977-
Reconstructing American historical cinema.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2006
(OCoLC)607869966
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J E Smyth
ISBN: 9780813124063 0813124069 9780813192390 0813192390
OCLC Number: 70133210
Awards: Winner of IAMHIST Prize for a Work in Media and History 2009
Description: xiii, 447 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction : toward a filmic writing of history in classical Hollywood --
pt. 1: Traditional and modern American history --
The new American history : Cimarron, 1931 --
Contemporary history in the Age of Scarface, 1932 --
pt. 2: Resolving westward expansion --
Competing frontiers, 1933-1938 --
The return of our epic America, 1938-1941 --
pt. 3: Civil War and Reconstruction --
Jezebels and rebels, cavaliers and compromise, 1930-1939 --
The lives and deaths of Abraham Lincoln, 1930-1941 --
pt. 4: Veterans of different wars --
War in the Roaring Twenties, 1932-1939 --
The last of the long hunters, 1938-1941 --
pt. 5: Hollywood history --
Stars born and lost, 1932-1937 --
A Hollywood cavalcade, 1939-1942 --
Conclusion : From Land of Liberty to the decline and fall of Citizen Kane --
Appendixes --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: J.E. Smyth.
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Explores Hollywood's pivotal interpretations of national history during the height of the studio system. This work uncovers Hollywood's diverse and conflicted attitudes toward American history in  Read more...

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"A smart, well-researched, and well-argued book that will be controversial in cinema studies, communications, and history." - Robert A. Rosenstone, California Institute of Technology"

 
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