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America on Film : Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies.

Author: Harry M Benshoff; Sean Griffin
Publisher: Wiley, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Movies is a lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema. The first synthetic and historical text of its kind, America on Film provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Benshoff, Harry M.
America on Film : Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies.
: Wiley, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harry M Benshoff; Sean Griffin
ISBN: 9781444357592 144435759X
OCLC Number: 1058192930
Notes: Conclusion: Recloaking Class Consciousness.
Description: 1 online resource (503 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Acknowledgments; How to Use This Book; Part I: Culture and American Film; Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF FILM FORM AND REPRESENTATION; Film Form; American Ideologies: Discrimination and Resistance; Culture and Cultural Studies; Case Study: The Lion King (1994); Further Reading; Chapter 2: THE STRUCTURE AND HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD FILMMAKING; Hollywood vs. Independent Film; The Style of Hollywood Cinema; The Business of Hollywood; The History of Hollywood: The Movies Begin; The Classical Hollywood Cinema; World War II and Postwar Film. "New" Hollywood and the Blockbuster MentalityQuestions for Discussion; Further Reading; Further Screening; Part II: Race and Ethnicity and American Film; Chapter 3: THE CONCEPT OF WHITENESS AND AMERICAN FILM; Seeing White; Bleaching the Green: The Irish in American Cinema; Looking for Respect: Italians in American Cinema; A Special Case: Jews and Hollywood; Case Study: The Jazz Singer (1927); Veiled and Reviled: Arabs on Film in America; Conclusion: Whiteness and American Film Today; Questions for Discussion; Further Reading; Further Screening; Chapter 4: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND AMERICAN FILM. African Americans in Early FilmBlacks in Classical Hollywood Cinema; World War II and the Postwar Social Problem Film; The Rise and Fall of Blaxploitation Filmmaking; Box: Blacks on TV; Hollywood in the 1980s and the Arrival of Spike Lee; Black Independent vs. "Neo-Blaxploitation" Filmmaking; New Images for a New Century --
Or Not?; Case Study: Bamboozled (2000); Questions for Discussion; Further Reading; Further Screening; Chapter 5: NATIVE AMERICANS AND AMERICAN FILM; The American "Indian" Before Film; Ethnographic Films and the Rise of the Hollywood Western; The Evolving Western. A Kinder, Gentler America?Case Study: Smoke Signals (1998); Conclusion: Twenty-First-Century Indians?; Questions for Discussion; Further Reading; Further Screening; Chapter 6: ASIAN AMERICANS AND AMERICAN FILM; Silent Film and Asian Images; Asians in Classical Hollywood Cinema; World War II and After: War Films, Miscegenation Melodramas, and Kung Fu; Contemporary Asian American Actors and Filmmakers; Case Study: Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989); Questions for Discussion; Further Reading; Further Screening; Chapter 7: LATINOS AND AMERICAN FILM; The Greaser and the Latin Lover: Alternating Stereotypes. World War II and After: The Good Neighbor PolicyThe 1950s to the 1970s: Back to Business as Usual?; Expanding Opportunities in Recent Decades; Conclusion: A Backlash Against Chicanos?; Case Study: My Family/Mi Familia (1995); Questions for Discussion; Further Reading; Further Screening; Part III: Class and American Film; Chapter 8: CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD CINEMA AND CLASS; Setting the Stage: The Industrial Revolution; Early Cinema: The Rise of the Horatio Alger Myth; Hollywood and Unionization; Class in the Classical Hollywood Cinema; Case Study: The Grapes of Wrath (1940).

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America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Movies is a lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema. The first synthetic and historical text of its kind, America on Film provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. The volume chronicles the cinematic history of various cultural groups, examines forces and institutions of bias, and stimulates discussion about the relationship between f.

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