Populism and the Capra Legacy

Populism and the Capra Legacy

by Wes D. Gehring
     
 

Traditionally identified with screwball comedies, Frank Capra has seldom been considered a conduit for populist concerns and issues. In this book, Gehring examines the influence of both Will Rogers and Frank Capra on modern populist movies, providing important background on Capra's links to the crackerbarrel personality of Rogers. He follows this theme forward,

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Traditionally identified with screwball comedies, Frank Capra has seldom been considered a conduit for populist concerns and issues. In this book, Gehring examines the influence of both Will Rogers and Frank Capra on modern populist movies, providing important background on Capra's links to the crackerbarrel personality of Rogers. He follows this theme forward, examining the populist roots in such films as The Electric Horseman, Field of Dreams, Dave, Grand Canyon, and others. A final chapter is a close-up of the contemporary, Capra-like director, Ron Howard. The inclusion of a bibliography and selected filmography makes this book an important contribution to film studies, popular culture, and American humor.

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"Although narrow in size, the spectrum is broad in this fascinating study that links America's most home-spun comic director with influences like Will Rogers and adherents like Ron Howard, not to mention films like The Electric Horseman, Field of Dreams, Dave, and Grand Canyon. Mr. Gehring is well-versed in his genre, and he makes his points cogently, even if purists will find the mention of Opie and the master in the same breath is fairly sacrilegious." - Films in Review
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Sets the comedy films of Frank Capra (1897-1991) firmly in the populist tradition of Will Rogers during the 1930s and 1950s, shows how populism came under attack during the McCarthy era, explores a film movement that built on Capra's legacy in the 1970s and 1990s, and profiles Ron Howard as a contemporary example of pushing Capra's principles into new areas. Includes a selected filmography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313261831
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/1995
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series, #44
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

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