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Hollywood Blockbusters: The Anthropology of Popular Movies
     

Hollywood Blockbusters: The Anthropology of Popular Movies

by David Sutton
 

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ISBN-10: 1847884857

ISBN-13: 2901847884854

Pub. Date: 12/15/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Why do Jaws, Field of Dreams, The Big Lebowski, and The Godfather remain strikingly popular in this age of fragmented audiences and ever-faster spin cycles? Hollywood Blockbusters argues that these films continue to captivate audiences because they play upon underlying tensions and problems in American culture, much like the myths

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Why do Jaws, Field of Dreams, The Big Lebowski, and The Godfather remain strikingly popular in this age of fragmented audiences and ever-faster spin cycles? Hollywood Blockbusters argues that these films continue to captivate audiences because they play upon underlying tensions and problems in American culture, much like the myths that anthropologists study in non-Western contexts. In making this argument, the authors employ and extend anthropological theories about ritual, kinship, gift giving, power, egalitarianism, literacy, metalinguistics, stereotypes, and the mysteries of the Other. The results—original insights into modern film classics, American culture, and anthropological theory—will appeal to students of Film, Media, Anthropology, Sociology, and Cultural Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901847884854
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Pages:
192

Table of Contents

1: Introduction *2: The Godfather: The Gun, the Pen, and the Cannoli *3: Field Of Dreams: Blurring the Lines *4: Jaws: The Eyes of the Other *5: The Big Lebowski: Timely Masculinities *6: The Village: The Political Anthropology of the Possible*7: Conclusion *Notes *Bibliography *Index

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