Hollywood's America: United States History Through Its Films / Edition 3

Hollywood's America: United States History Through Its Films / Edition 3

by Steven Mintz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1881089681

ISBN-13: 9781881089681

Pub. Date: 09/12/2006

Publisher: Wiley

This anthology of documents and essays teaches students to read films as cultural artifacts within the contexts of actual past events. The films are studied as a reflection of their times and as an influence upon style and belief.

Each major Part consists of essays on particular films or topics, followed by an assortment of primary documents; a 50-page bibliography

Overview

This anthology of documents and essays teaches students to read films as cultural artifacts within the contexts of actual past events. The films are studied as a reflection of their times and as an influence upon style and belief.

Each major Part consists of essays on particular films or topics, followed by an assortment of primary documents; a 50-page bibliography of film history concludes the volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881089681
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

Part I: The Silent Era.

1. Introduction.

2. Silent Film as Social Criticism.

3. Silent Cinema as Historical Mythmaker.

4. Silent Comedy as Cultural Commentary.

5. Primary Sources.

Part II: Hollywood's Golden Age.

1. Introduction.

2. Depression America and Its Films.

3. The Depression's Human Toll.

4. Depression Allegories.

5. African Americans on the Silver Screen.

6. Oson Wells as Poet and Historian.

7. Primary Sources. 

Part III: Wartime Hollywood.

1. Introduction.

2. Wartime Films as Instruments of Propaganda.

3. Casablanca as Propaganda.

4. Bureau of Motion Pictures Report.

5. How WW II Affected Women.

6. Primary Source. 

Part IV: Postwar Hollywood.

1. Introduction.

2. The Red Scare in Hollywood.

3. A Perverse Tribute to Hollywood's Past.

4. The Morality of Informing.

5. Science Fiction as Social Commentary.

6. The Western as Cold War Film.

7. Primary Sources. 

Part V: Hollywood Since Vietnam.

1. Introduction.

2. A Shifting Sensibility.

3. Films of the Late Sixties and Early Seventies.

4. Reaffirming traditional Values.

5. Coming to Terms with the Vietnam War.

6. Films of the Eighties.

7. Our Movie-Made President.

8. Primary Source.

9. Presenting African Americans on Film. 

Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

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