Beyond the Stars: Themes and Ideologies in American Popular Film

Beyond the Stars: Themes and Ideologies in American Popular Film

by Paul Loukides
     
 

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.

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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.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879727017
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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