Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies / Edition 1

Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies / Edition 1

by Susan J. Fernandez, Robert P. Ingalls
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813029902

ISBN-13: 9780813029900

Pub. Date: 08/30/2006

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Florida has been the location and subject of hundreds of feature films, from Cocoanuts (1929) to Monster (2004). Portraying the state and its people from the silent era to the present, these films have explored the multitude of Florida images and clichés that have captured the public’s imagination—a nature lover’s

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Florida has been the location and subject of hundreds of feature films, from Cocoanuts (1929) to Monster (2004). Portraying the state and its people from the silent era to the present, these films have explored the multitude of Florida images and clichés that have captured the public’s imagination—a nature lover’s paradise, a wildlife refuge, a tourist destination, home to the “cracker,” and a haven for the retired, the rich, the immigrant, and the criminal. Sunshine in the Dark is the first complete study of how the movie industry has immortalized Florida’s extraordinary scenery, characters, and history on celluloid.

            Historians Fernández and Ingalls have identified more than 300 films about Florida—many of them shot on location in the state—to analyze how filmmakers from the Marx Brothers and John Huston to Oliver Stone and Francis Ford Coppola have portrayed the state and its people. Prior to the 1960s, cinematic trips to Florida usually brought happy endings in movies like Moon Over Miami (1942), but since the 1970s, films like Scarface (1982) have emphasized the state’s menacing aspects.

            In the authors’ analysis of the films, which examines location settings, plotlines, and characters, they find a bevy of Florida stereotypes among the leading characters—from the struggling crackers in The Yearling (1946) to the drug-addicted con man in Adaptation (2002). Featuring more than 100 still photographs from movies, as well as filmographies by year and genre, the book is an encyclopedic resource for movie fans and anyone interested in Florida popular culture.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813029900
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
08/30/2006
Edition description:
First
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. ISettings13
1Paradise framed : the natural environment15
2Manufacturing paradise : the built environment41
Pt. IIPlots71
3Re-creation : starting over in paradise73
4Tourism : strangers in paradise99
5Crime stories124
Pt. IIICharacters161
6The first natives163
7Ethnic identities177
8Gender-defined roles196
9Workers and retirees209
10Warriors and heroes227
11Athletes240
AppList of films with Florida scenes

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