Hollywood Speaks Out: Pictures that Dared to Protest Real World Issues / Edition 1

Hollywood Speaks Out: Pictures that Dared to Protest Real World Issues / Edition 1

by Robert L. Hilliard
     
 

In spite of its professed liberalism, Hollywood has always been risk-adverse, and most feature films deal with controversial issues long after the controversy is past. Hollywood Speaks Out explores that rare Hollywood feature that dared to tackle red-hot, social issues while America herself struggled to come to terms . Organized around issues that map the

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Overview

In spite of its professed liberalism, Hollywood has always been risk-adverse, and most feature films deal with controversial issues long after the controversy is past. Hollywood Speaks Out explores that rare Hollywood feature that dared to tackle red-hot, social issues while America herself struggled to come to terms . Organized around issues that map the culture wars of the past and the present moment—poverty, racism, sexism, war, anti-Semitism, and homophobia—this engaging text captures American cultural and social history in cinematic real-time—from The Birth of a Nation, Boys Don’t Cry, and American Beauty to  SilkwoodSyriana, and Transamerica.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405178990
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Foreword.

Introduction.

1 Overview
But who will come to see it?

2 War
Hell for whom?

3 Anti-Semitism
Some of my best friends . . ..

4 Prison and Justice Systems
Not separate but unequal.

5 Labor–Management
Whose side are you on?

6 Poverty
Anyone can play.

7 Racism
Recipe for superiority.

8 Politics
The good and the bad.

9 Homophobia
Who's a bigot?

10 Technology
Can we beat the machine?

11 Sexism
Protecting old boys' egos.

12 Hide or Seek
Other genres: Will Hollywood shut up or speak up?

Selected Readings.

Index.

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