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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521009316

ISBN-13: 9780521009317

Pub. Date: 03/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Part I. Embodying a New Race for America: The Question of American Hope in Mississippi Masala and Lone Star: 1. Mississippi Masala: merging ethnic and racial images; 2. Lone Star: an archeology of American culture and the American psyche; Part II. Great Fights for the Century: 3. Raging Bull: revisioning the body, soul and cinema; 4. The black gladiator and the Spartacus syndrome: race, redemption, and the ring; Part III. The Image and the Word: Literature and Film: 5. 'Fresh starts': Bugsy, The Great Gatsby, and the American dream; 6. Imaging masochism and the politics of pain: 'facing' the word in the cinetext of Seize the Day; Part IV. Documentary and Fiction: 7. Documenting the body in Modern Times: Love, play, and repression in Chaplin's silent classic; 8. Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, and the rebirth of Malcolm X: cinetext for a black American dream.

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