Beyond The Stars 5

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$17.41
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.70
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 26%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $14.70   
  • New (5) from $14.70   
  • Used (2) from $17.40   

Overview

The essays in Beyond the Stars 5 examine a small but important sample of the conventional themes and ideologies treated in popular film. Among the topics covered are family, social class, gender roles, politics, warfare, hedonism, and the 1960s. Taken singly or collectively, these essays suggest how certain themes and ideologies persist or evolve while others have only a brief life in movie consciousness. Because the conventions of film are, in themselves, indications of our most basic assumptions, they are rarely noticed or written about. Thematic or ideological conventions - the "isms," doctrines, and ways of thinking imbedded in popular film - provide evidence of many of our most basic cultural assumptions and the ways in which American values and American movies interrelate. Anyone who is interested in the patterns of American life and how popular film reflects and sometimes distorts the patterns of our culture will find in these essays much that is illuminating and thought provoking.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is the final volume in a series presenting new scholarship on American movie conventions deemed worthy of study because they are markers or indicators of the belief system of the culture that produces the films. The more commonplace a convention, the more deeply embedded it likely is in society's unconscious assumptions. Compared with the first four series entries, however, this particular volume has little new to sayeven the editors commented on the paucity of manuscripts submitted compared with the volumes on stock characters or stock plot conventions. Howard Good's piece on the success myth in baseball biopics, William Brigham's on the unrealistic Hollywood portrayals of the homeless, and Martin F. Norden's article on the physically disabled in films are interesting, but most of the pieces lack freshness. Academic and subject collections should buy as demand indicates from use of the first four volumes.Marianne Cawley, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore
Booknews
A collection of essays examining conventional themes and ideologies treated in popular film, touching on subjects including the family, social class, gender roles, politics, hedonism, and the 1960s. For students of film and popular culture. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879727024
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: American Themes, American Dreams 1
"Like a Tiger in the Trees": Mothers Redeemed in Contemporary American Film 7
"It's a Cold World Out There": Redefining the Family in Contemporary American Film 21
Aggression, Confession, and the Psychiatric Profession: Ideologies of Gender and Agency in Recent "Woman's Films" 43
Surveying Popular Films of Oppression: The Ideological Construction of Women and Madness 65
The Ugly American Syndrome in Films of the Vietnam War 87
Pacifism in Film: Exclusion and Containment as Hegemonic Processes 103
Film's Satirical Rogues at War 121
Diminishing Degrees of Separation: Class Mobility in Movies of the Reagan-Bush Era 141
Down and Out in Tinseltown: Hollywood Presents the Dispossessed 165
The Heart of the Order: The Success Myth in Baseball Biopics 187
Hollywood's Ableist Agenda 211
The Ideology of the "Red Scare" Movement: McCarthyism in the Movies 229
The Pleasures of Evil: Hedonism and the Contemporary Horror Film 249
Discounting the '60s: Hollywood Revisits the Counterculture 265
Dances with Wolves and Unforgiven: Apocalyptic, Postrevisionist Westerns 281
Afterword: Film Convention Studies: A Topographic Model for Film Study 293
Contributors 299
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)