America on Film: Modernism, Documentary, and a Changing America / Edition 1

America on Film: Modernism, Documentary, and a Changing America / Edition 1

by Sam B. Girgus
     
 

Girgus (English, Vanderbilt U.) examines the differences in recent film representations of the typical American from those in mid- century Hollywood films. He finds in works such as Mississippi Masala, Lone Star, Malcolm X and When We Were Kings new and ethnically varied characters that re-embody American values, ideals and conflicts. Girgus charts these changes… See more details below

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Girgus (English, Vanderbilt U.) examines the differences in recent film representations of the typical American from those in mid- century Hollywood films. He finds in works such as Mississippi Masala, Lone Star, Malcolm X and When We Were Kings new and ethnically varied characters that re-embody American values, ideals and conflicts. Girgus charts these changes through an analysis of cinematic tensions created by fiction, documentary and modernism. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521009317
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Film and Modernism in America: Documentary and a Democratic Aesthetic1
Pt. 1Embodying a New Race for America: The Question of American Hope in Mississippi Masala and Lone Star
1Embodying a New Race for America: Mississippi Masala19
2Lone Star: An Archeology of American Culture and the American Psyche40
Pt. 2Great Fights for the Century
3Raging Bull: Revisioning the Body, Soul, and Cinema67
4The Black Gladiator and the Spartacus Syndrome: Race, Redemption, and the Ring87
Pt. 3The Image and the Word: Literature and Film
5"Fresh Starts": Bugsy, The Great Gatsby, and the American Dream115
6Imaging Masochism and the Politics of Pain: "Facing" the Word in the Cinetext of Seize the Day133
Pt. 4Documentary and Fiction
7Documenting the Body in Modern Times: Love, Play, and Repression in Chaplin's Silent Classic155
8Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, and the Rebirth of Malcolm X: Cinetext for a Black American Dream174
Notes203
Index219

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