American Film and Society since 1945 / Edition 4

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Quart and Auster survey many of the "public classics"--fictional films whose critical acclaim, awards, or box office appeal indicate a connection with public consciousness--that were produced in the United States since 1945. They analyze the cultural and social meanings evoked by these films, and how the formal elements of these works helped shape cinema. Their premise is that if Hollywood is the dream factory, then the post-World War II film helps to unravel some of the central concerns and values of American society from 1945 to the present--from The Best Years of Our Lives to Do the Right Thing.
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Editorial Reviews

A decade-by-decade survey of the critically or popularly acclaimed films since the end of World War II, considering their social and culture significance, and the formal elements that have shaped the art. Only five illustrations. The first edition was published in 1984. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"The tone throughout is of a chatty, insightful review. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313382529
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 1,261,958
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

LEONARD QUART is Professor of Cinema Studies at the College of Staten Island and at the CUNY Graduate Center. His essays and articles have appeared in Film Quarterly, Dissent, The Forward, and London Magazine, among others, and for over twenty years, he has been an editor and contributing editor of Cineaste. He is the co-author of books including The Films of Mike Leigh and How the War was Remembered: Hollywood and Vietnam (Praeger, 1988).

ALBERT AUSTER is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and a research associate at the McGannon Communications Research Center. He is a frequent contributor to Television Quarterly, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, and other journals, and is the author or co-author of books including How the War was Remembered: Hollywood and Vietnam (Praeger, 1988).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
1 Introduction 1
2 The Forties 13
3 The Fifties 39
4 The Sixties 67
5 The Seventies 97
6 The Eighties 127
7 The Nineties 163
Selected Bibliography 209
Index 213
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