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The Roots of Modern Hollywood : the Persistence of Values in American Cinema, from the New Deal to the Present.

Author: Nick Smedley
Publisher: Bristol : Intellect, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this insightful study of Hollywood cinema since 1969, film historian Nick Smedley traces the cultural and intellectual heritage of American films, showing how recentHollywood movies owe a profound debt to the liberal values of New Deal cinema. Hollywood cinema is not usually thought of as politically or socially engaged, but theauthor argues that it is, in fact, one of the most value-laden of all national  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smedley, Nick.
Roots of Modern Hollywood.
Bristol : Intellect, 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Smedley
ISBN: 9781783203758 9781783203741 1783203749 9781783203758 1783203757
OCLC Number: 914150703
Description: 1 online resource (226 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1: The failure of American liberalism and the cinema of despair: Hollywood in the 1970s; Chapter 2: The disappointment of the liberal renaissance: Hollywood in the Clinton era, 1992-2000; Fantasy in the 1990s; Exemplar film one: Groundhog Day; Exemplar film two: The Truman Show; Author's interview with Peter Weir; Introduction to the published screenplay of The Truman Show, by Peter Weir; Chapter 3: The rise and fall of the Republicans: Melancholy meditationson America's destiny, 2000-2012. Film noir for the new millenniumExemplar film three: Collateral; Author's interview with Michael Mann; Exemplar film four: Michael Clayton; Author's interview with Tony Gilroy; Chapter 4: The enduring appeal of pacifism: Hollywood and Americanglobal imperialism, 1978-2010; The pacifist tradition; Exemplar film five: In the Valley of Elah; Author's interview with Paul Haggis; Chapter 5: The creeping advance of feminism: Hollywood and thechanging role of women in America, 1970 to the present; The feminist debate; Two-faced woman --
Julia Roberts as the incarnationof the American woman. Exemplar films six and seven: Pretty Woman and Erin BrockovichConclusion; Bibliographical essay; Index; Back Cover.


The Roots of Modern Hollywood studies the cultural and intellectual heritage of American films since 1969, drawing on Hollywood's trends and themes. Smedley explores capitalism, liberalism, pacifism  Read more...


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