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The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way / Edition 2

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Overview


"One of the best books ever written about the movies." —Tom Ryan, The Age

In this daring reexamination of the connections between national politics and Hollywood movies, Lary May offers a fresh interpretation of American culture from the New Deal through the Cold War—one in which a populist, egalitarian ethos found itself eventually supplanted by a far different view of the nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226511634
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 1,163,105
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Lary May is a professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Screening out the Past and editor of Recasting America.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Prologue: Nothing Is More American
Part One: The Modern Republic Comes of Age
1. "My Ancestors Did Not Come Over on the Mayflower": Will Rogers and the Radicalism of Tradition
2. The Recreation of America: Hybrid Moviemakers and the Multicultural Republic
3. Utopia on Main Street: Modern Theaters and the "New" Audiences
Part Two: The American Way and Its Discontent
4. The Birth of the White Consumer Democracy: Hollywood and the World War II Conversion Narrative
5. Movie Star Politics: Hollywood and the Making of Cold War Americanism
6. "Outside the Groove of History": Film Noir and the Birth of a Counterculture
Epilogue: Reimaging Postwar America
Appendix 1: Sampling Methods and Research Data
Appendix 2: Trends in Film Plots and the Changing Face of American Ideology
Appendix 3: Examples of Film Reviews from Motion Picture Herald
Notes
Film Index
Subject Index
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