Hollywood as Historian: American Film in a Cultural Context, Revised Edition

Peter C. Rollins


Hollywood as Historian: American Film in a Cultural Context, Revised Edition

Hollywood as Historian: American Film in a Cultural Context, Revised Edition

  • Title: Hollywood as Historian: American Film in a Cultural Context, Revised Edition
  • Author: Peter C. Rollins
  • ISBN: 9780813109510
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback



Motion picture images have influenced the American mind since the earliest days of film, and many thoughtful people are becoming ever concerned about that influence, as about the pervasive influence of television In eras of economic instability and international conflict, the film industry has not hesitated to use motion pictures for definite propaganda purposes DurMotion picture images have influenced the American mind since the earliest days of film, and many thoughtful people are becoming ever concerned about that influence, as about the pervasive influence of television In eras of economic instability and international conflict, the film industry has not hesitated to use motion pictures for definite propaganda purposes During less troubled times, the American citizen s ability to deal with political and social issues has been enhanced or thwarted by images absorbed in the nation s theatres Hollywood As Historian tracks the interaction of Americans with important motion picture productions Considered are such topics as racial and sexual stereotyping, censorship of films, comedy as a tool for social criticism, the influence of great men and their screen images, and the use of film to interpret history Opportunities for future study are suggested for those who wish to conduct their own examinations of American film in a cultural context.Hollywood As Historian benefits from a variety of approaches Literary and historical influences are carefully related to The Birth of a Nation 1915 and Apocalypse Now 1979 , two highly tendentious epics of war and cultural change How political beliefs of filmmakers affected cinematic styles is illuminated in a short survey of documentary films made during the Great Depression Historical distance has helped analysts to decode messages unintended by filmmakers in the study of The Snake Pit 1948 and Dr Strangelove 1964 While pluralism of approach has been encouraged, balance has also been a goal a concern for institutional and thematic considerations never obscures matters of film aesthetics In twelve chapters dealing with than sixteen films, Hollywood As Historian offers a versatile text for classes in popular culture, American studies, film history, or film as history The visual awareness promoted by this text has immediate application, in that students can begin to consider the impact of motion pictures and television on their own lives.The films considered The Birth of a Nation 1915 , The Plow that Broke the Plains 1936 , The River 1937 , March of Time 1935 1953 , City Lights 1931 , Modern Times 1936 , The Great Dictator 1940 , The Grapes of Wrath 1940 , Native Land 1942 , Wilson 1944 , The Negro Soldier 1944 , The Snake Pit 1948 , On the Waterfront 1954 , Dr Strangelove 1964 , Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf 1966 , and Apocalypse Now 1979.


Recent Comments "Hollywood as Historian: American Film in a Cultural Context, Revised Edition"

Although this book can be quite an interesting read, it is a bit uneven from chapter to chapter. Some of them are mind-blown, some others are just trivial to readers who have an average knowledge of american cinema.


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