The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood

The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood

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by James Robert Parish
     
 

"The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood is a comprehensive reference to the treatment and progress of five ethnic groups in the world's most visible industry. It explores and contrasts the various stereotypes propagated by television and the movies about African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans. Paralleling… See more details below

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"The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood is a comprehensive reference to the treatment and progress of five ethnic groups in the world's most visible industry. It explores and contrasts the various stereotypes propagated by television and the movies about African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans. Paralleling one another, the five detailed sections of the book include biographical entries on key actors, entertainers, and filmmakers, as well as topical entries on influential films, television shows, genres, themes, and ethnic stereotype." With more than 90 photographs, a bibliography, and an extensive index, The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood is an invaluable reference tool for students, researchers, special interest groups, and general readers, as well as a fascinating overview of the multicultural aspect of the history of Hollywood and American film/TV during the past century and up to the present.

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The prolific Parish adds to his lengthy collection of film reference works (Today's Black Hollywood) this handy guide to ethnic television and movies, spanning the stereotypical to the breakthrough roles and films of the silent era to the present. The book is divided into five sections corresponding to five distinct ethnicities: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans. Within each section are alphabetical entries (1,611 in total) on individual films, TV shows, performers, characters, and special topics (e.g., cooking series, historical dramas). These are well written, balanced, and insightful, and most run roughly half a page long and underscore the significance of the subject in ethnic film history. Several internal cross references and a detailed index make locating information simple, although it is easy to skip into the wrong section accidentally. Including 100 small, black-and-white photos and an excellent bibliography, this volume especially shines in its up-to-the-minute entries (2003 films are occasionally cited), rare in reference works. Numerous other excellent titles focus on specific ethnic groups-e.g., Jacquelyn Kilpatrick's Celluloid Indians, Donald Bogle's Blacks in American Films and Television, Patricia Erens's The Jew in American Cinema, Luis Reyes and Peter Rubie's Hispanics in Hollywood, and Jun Xing's Asian America Through the Lens-but Parish's book is extremely welcome for combining information on these disparate groups. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ., TX Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816046041
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Facts on File Film Reference Library
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.55(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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