Projecting Empire: Imperialism and Popular Cinema

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Popular cinema is saturated with images and narratives of empire. With Projecting Empire, Chapman and Cull have written the first major study of imperialism and cinema for over thirty years. This welcome text maps the history of empire cinema in both Hollywood and Britain through a serious of case studies of popular films including biopics, adventures, literary adaptations, melodramas, comedies and documentaries, from the 1930s and 'The Four Feathers' to the present, with Indiana Jones and Three Kings. The ...

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Overview

Popular cinema is saturated with images and narratives of empire. With Projecting Empire, Chapman and Cull have written the first major study of imperialism and cinema for over thirty years. This welcome text maps the history of empire cinema in both Hollywood and Britain through a serious of case studies of popular films including biopics, adventures, literary adaptations, melodramas, comedies and documentaries, from the 1930s and 'The Four Feathers' to the present, with Indiana Jones and Three Kings. The authors consider industry-wide trends and place the films in their wider cultural and historical contexts. Using primary sources that include private papers, they look at the presence of particular auteurs in the cinema of Imperialism, including Korda, Lean, Huston and Attenborough, as well as the actors who brought the stories to life, such as Elizabeth Taylor and George Clooney. At a time when imperialism has a new significance in the world, this book will fulfil the needs of students and interested filmgoers alike.

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"The authors include fascinating information on the influence wielded by British and American political interests in shaping some of the films. This book demonstrates clearly that the symbiosis of cinema and empire is well worth exploring." --CHOICE
 

"[A] fascinating and insightful  exploration of the empire film...This is film history at its best, produced by scholars with a mastery of these movies, the relevant historical literature, and their sources. The engaging writing makes it accessible to students, while its stimulating analysis makes it relevant to scholars. Its case study approach allows the authors to delve deeply into each film, rather than stringing together a series of superficial observations about all relevant titles in the genre. Its readings of the films, though at times brief, are invariably informed, insightful, and ultimately persuasive." -- James Burns (Clemson University), Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845119409
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Chapman is Professor of Film, University of Leicester. His previous books include Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (second edition 2007) and Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film (2005), both I.B. Tauris.

Nicholas J. Cull is Professor of Public Diplomacy, Annenberg School for Communications/USC School of International Relations, University of Southern California. His previous books include Selling War: The British Propaganda Campaign Against American Neutrality in World War II (1996) and Selling America: The Failure of US Public Diplomacy, 1989-2008 (2008).

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Table of Contents

* Illustrations
• Abbreviations
• Imperialism and Popular Cinema: A Survey
• Technicolor Empire: The Four Feathers (1939)
• America’s Kipling: Gunga Din (1939)
• The British Empire at War: Burma Victory (1945)
• Facing the Stampede of Decolonization: Elephant Walk (1954)
• The Watershed: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
• Pursuing Respect: The Naked Prey (1966)
• Camping in the Empire: Follow That Camel (1967), Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) and Carry On Up the Jungle (1970)
• The Imperial Trap: The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
• Calling Dr Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
• The Raj Revival: Gandhi (1982)
• Imperial Adventure Redux: Three Kings (1999)
• Afterword
• Filmography

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