Green Screen

Overview

This book combines film studies with environmental history and politics, aiming to establish a cultural criticism informed by 'green' thought. David Ingram argues that Hollywood cinema has largely perpetuated romantic attitudes to nature and has played an important ideological role in the'greenwashing' of ecological discourses.
 
The book accounts for the rise of environmental concerns in Hollywood cinema and explores the ways in which ...

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Overview

This book combines film studies with environmental history and politics, aiming to establish a cultural criticism informed by 'green' thought. David Ingram argues that Hollywood cinema has largely perpetuated romantic attitudes to nature and has played an important ideological role in the'greenwashing' of ecological discourses.
 
The book accounts for the rise of environmental concerns in Hollywood cinema and explores the ways in which attitudes to nature and the environment are constructed in a number of movies. It is divided into three sections: Wilderness in Hollywood Cinema, Wild Animals in Hollywood Cinema, and Development and the Politics of Land Use.

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Editorial Reviews

Forum for Modern Languages

“This book is primarily an agenda-setter. As such it makes clear how complex and important are the debates that film studies and American studies more widely will need to tackle regarding representations and critique of late-capitalist consumerism in its global phase.” –Forum for Modern Languages, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2002

Oct 2001

“[Ingram’s] filmography in Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema contains more than 150 Hollywood movies from the 1890s to the 1990s “in which an environmental issue is raised explicitly and is central to the narrative”. He manages to analyze almost half of these in a dozen short chapters organized around three central themes: the wilderness, wild animals, and the politics of land use including the impacts of the automobile and nuclear power. This book will be valuable to anyone interested in politics and popular culture, American movies, and environmentalist debates on the meaning of nature.”

— American Studies International , Vol. 39, No. 3

ISLE 9.1

“Green Screen combines film criticism, cultural criticism, ecocriticism, and a bit of environmental history in an engaging and useful way.  Its selection of films, many of which are described in some detail, will be useful to those who are entering the field. Its insights will be of value to ecocritical scholars and to those who want to bring environmental film into their classroom.” –ISLE 9.1, Winter 2002

Oct 2001 - American Studies International

“[Ingram’s] filmography in Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema contains more than 150 Hollywood movies from the 1890s to the 1990s “in which an environmental issue is raised explicitly and is central to the narrative”. He manages to analyze almost half of these in a dozen short chapters organized around three central themes: the wilderness, wild animals, and the politics of land use including the impacts of the automobile and nuclear power. This book will be valuable to anyone interested in politics and popular culture, American movies, and environmentalist debates on the meaning of nature.”
Booknews
This might be the only full-scale scholarly monograph on nature in Hollywood cinema, especially by a scholar in Britain (Ingram lectures in American Studies at Brunel University). The muse for Ingram's brand of environmentalist critique is the philosopher Kate Soper, whom Ingram classifies as a critical realist, at least partly because she believes that concern for nature, rather than mystical awe and reverence for it, is more likely to lead to effective environmental strategies. Ingram subdivides Hollywood nature into wilderness, wild animals, and land use, analyzing film after film (about 140) containing, among other things, hunting narratives, nuclear power themes, and representations of pure primitives and automobiles. Ingram most often takes a sobering position between Hollywood's glorification of nature and its critics' dismissive responses. Distributed by David Brown Book Company. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859896085
  • Publisher: University of Exeter Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: Representing American Culture Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
Preface
 
Introduction: Melodrama, Realism and Environmental Crisis
I: Wilderness in Hollywood Cinema
    1. Discourses of Nature and Environmentalism
    2. The Cinematography of Wilderness Landscapes
    3. Gender and Encounters with Wilderness
    4. Ecological Indians and the Myth of Primal Purity
    5. Politics of the Amazonian Rain Forests
II: Wild Animals in Hollywood Cinema
    Introduction
    6. North American Anti-Hunting Narratives
    7. North American Ocean Fauna
    8. Wolves and Bears
    9. African Wildlife from Safari to Conservation
III: Development and the Politics of Land Use
    Introduction
    10. Country and City
    11. The Ecology of Automobile Culture
    12. The Risks of Nuclear Power
Conclusion

Notes
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

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