Film and Nationalism

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Today there is much debate over an increasingly "global economy." But commercial cinema has been, from the very beginnings of its existence, "globalized." From the mediums inception, films have defined and reinforced the core values and social structures of countries. They have also helped definesocially and culturallywhat is to be considered "outside" the nation and what it is to be shunned.

Film and Nationalism examines the ways in which cinema has been considered an arena of conflict and interaction between nations and nationhood. Each section of this volume explores a crucial aspect of the discussion. Is film an effective form of national propaganda? Are films losing the very notion of nationhood, in favor of a generalized, "global" cinematographic culture? What is films influence over "national character"? In addition, the volume explores the cultural and economic interactions between developed and underdeveloped countries. How have third world nations defined themselves in relation to hegemonic first world cultures, and how have their relations been changed through the dissemination of Western films? Throughout, Alan Williams chooses essays that enhance our understanding of how films help shape our sense of nationhood and self.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813530406
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Rutgers Depth of Field Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Williams is a professor in the department of French at Rutgers University. He is the author of Max Ophuls and the Cinema of Desire and Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Theoretical Perspectives
Reconceptualizing National Cinema/s 25
The Concept of National Cinema 52
Movie Analyses in the Study of Culture 68
National Cinemas
Australian Cinema as a National Cinema 89
The Testament of Dr. Goebbels 137
The "Funny War" of the Sexes in French Cinema 152
International Relations
The Legacy of T. E. Lawrence: The Forward Policy of Western Film Critics in the Far East 181
Are All Latins from Manhattan? Hollywood, Ethnography, and Cultural Colonialism 195
A "Global" (Postnational) Future?
Multinational Pest Control: Does American Cinema Still Exist? 217
A Neo-Marxist Approach: World Film Trade and Global Culture Flows 230
Selected Bibliography 249
Contributors 253
Index 255
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