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The first complete study of mainstream and nontraditional film since 1960

Indispensable to film students and general readers interested in this art form, Contemporary American Cinema culls together the writings of the world's leading film scholars to provide the first comprehensive introduction to postclassical American film. Heavily illustrated with more than 50 color and black-and-white stills, it takes a close look at all aspects of the genre, including influential movies, directors, producers, and actors.

This unique and accessible resource includes two Tables of Contents, allowing readers to research chronologically or thematically. In addition, it includes a glossary of important terms, suggestions for further reading, sample essay questions, and a filmography. Subjects include:

  • Decline of the early studio system
  • Rise of American new-wave cinema
  • Parallel histories of independent and underground cinema
  • Black cinema--from the "blaxploitation" era of the 1970s to the 1990s
  • Full history of the American blockbuster
  • Uses and effects of new film making technologies
  • America's ever-changing audiences
  • Key genres and industry statistics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335218325
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Ruth Williams and Michael Hammond are senior lecturers in film at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

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Table of Contents

1 American cinema, 1965-70 12
The road movie 14
Roger Corman and new world 21
The sound of music 26
Night of the living dead 31
2 Debts, disasters and mega-musicals : the decline of the studio system 41
Twentieth Century Fox in the 1960s 46
The Hollywood musical 53
3 American underground cinema of the 1960s 62
4 North American documentary in the 1960s 73
Pop movies and festival films 80
5 "The last good time we ever had?" : revising the Hollywood renaissance 90
Psycho 93
Warren Beatty 97
The graduate 101
Box office figures, 1960s and award winners 1960-69 108
6 American cinema, 1970-75 124
Alan Arkin 125
Disaster movies in the 1970s 128
American horror cinema since 1960 134
Auteurism and auteurs 139
Sam Peckinpah 148
Taxi driver 157
Jane Fonda 161
7 Blockbusters in the 1970s 164
Steven Spielberg 166
Star wars 172
William Friedkin 181
8 Blaxploitation 184
Richard Pryor live in concert 186
9 The 1970s and American documentary 199
Eraserhead 210
Box office figures, 1970s and award winners 1970-79 213
10 Hollywood in the age of Reagan 229
Science fiction and fantasy since 1960 230
Simpson and Bruckheimer 238
Tim Burton 242
Heaven's gate and United Artists 245
11 US independent cinema since the 1980s 247
Do the right thing 249
Miramax 257
12 Disney and family entertainment 265
Back to the future 272
13 The Vietnam War in American cinema 280
Arnold Schwarzenegger 284
14 The 1980s and American documentary 289
Mtv 297
15 Women in recent US cinema 299
Barbra Streisand 301
Desperately seeking Susan 304
Sigourney Weaver 308
Box office figures, 1980s and award winners 1980-89 315
16 Spectacle and narrative in the contemporary blockbuster 334
Hong Kong in Hollywood 335
Sequels, series and spin-offs 344
Titanic 349
The agent 353
17 What is cinema today? : home viewing, new technologies and DVD 356
Neo-noir and erotic thrillers 358
Toy story 369
Tom Hanks 376
18 American documentary film in the 1990s 379
19 New black cinema 389
The Hughes brothers 390
John Singleton 394
20 New queer cinema 398
The silence of the lambs 400
21 Fantasizing gender and race : women in contemporary US action cinema 410
Jodie Foster 412
Unforgiven 415
Kathryn Bigelow 421
22 Smart cinema 429
Quentin Tarantino 432
Box office figures, 1990s and award winners 1990-2004 440
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