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Overview

American Cinema/American Culture looks at the interplay between American cinema and mass culture from the 1890s to 2011. It begins with an examination of the basic narrative and stylistic features of classical Hollywood cinema. It then studies the genres of silent melodrama, the musical, American comedy, the war/combat film, film noir, the western, and the horror and science fiction film, investigating the way in which movies shape and are shaped by the larger cultural concerns of the nation as a whole. The book concludes with a discussion of post World War II Hollywood, giving separate chapter coverage to the effects of the Cold War, 3D, television, the counterculture of the 1960s, directors from the film school generation, and the cultural concerns of Hollywood from the 1970s through 2011.

Ideal for Introduction to American Cinema courses, American Film History courses, and Introductory Film Appreciation courses, this text provides a cultural overview of the phenomenon of the American movie-going experience.

An updated study guide is also available for American Cinema/American Culture. Written by Ed Sikov, this guide introduces each topic with an explanatory overview written in more informal language, suggests screenings and readings, and offers self-tests.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073535098
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 42,721
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Emergence of the Cinema as an Institution 3
Ch. 2 Classical Hollywood Cinema: Narration 21
Ch. 3 Classical Hollywood Cinema: Style 41
Ch. 4 The Studio System 61
Ch. 5 The Star System 83
Ch. 6 Silent Film Melodrama 117
Ch. 7 American Comedy 135
Ch. 8 The War Film 164
Ch. 9 Film Noir: Somewhere in the Night 184
Ch. 10 The Making of the West 206
Ch. 11 Hollywood and the Cold War 233
Ch. 12 Hollywood in the Age of Television 257
Ch. 13 The 1960s: the Counterculture Strikes Back 275
Ch. 14 The Film School Generation 298
Ch. 15 Into the 1990s: Bringing It All Back Home 322
Glossary of Terms 347
Index 355
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