Hollywood and the American Historical Film

Hollywood and the American Historical Film

by J.E. Smyth


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ISBN-13: 9780230230934
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

J.E. SMYTH is Assistant Professor of History and Comparative American Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.She is the author of Reconstructing American Historical Cinema from Cimarron to Citizen Kane and Edna Ferber's Hollywood: American Fictions of Gender, Race and History, which won the Association of American Publishers' Prose Awardfor Media and Cultural Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction; J.E.Smyth.- Film and History: Artefact and Experience; W.Susman.- Film History, Reconstruction and Southern Legendary History in The Birth of a Nation (1915); D.Culbert.- The Hollywood Western, the Movement-Image and Making History; M.Landy.- Ripping the Portieres at the Seams: Lessons from A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) on Gone with the Wind (1939); S.Courtney.- Hollywood About Hollywood: Genre as Historiography; R.Sklar.- Some Like it Hot (1959) and The Virtues of Not Taking History Too Seriously; D.Eldridge.- Vico's Age of Heroes and the Age of Men in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962); M.Roche & V.Hösle.- Anatomy of a Shipwreck: Warner Bros., The White House and the Celluloid Sinking of PT 109 (1963); N.J.Cull.- The Long Road of Women's Memory: Fred Zinnemann's Julia (1977); J.E.Smyth.- Inventing Historical Truth on the Silver Screen; R.Rosenstone.- 'This is not America; this is Los Angeles': Crime, Space and History in the City of Angels; I.Scott.- Between Nostalgia and Regret: Strategies of Historical Disruption from Douglas Sirk to Mad Men; V.Dika.- Further Reading.

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Smyth has assembled a stellar cast of authors in a comparatively rare attempt to bring together expertise in both film scholarship and American history.' - Melvyn Stokes, University College London, UK

'This groundbreaking collection of essays redraws the parameters of the historical film, expanding it to include a wide range of films set in the past, notably comedies, westerns and melodramas. Dry debates about historical accuracy and authenticity are rejected in favour of case studies that seek an understanding of the power and pleasures that this genre holds. Written in a lively and accessible style, and harbouring a wealth of authoritative scholarship, it is bound to become a fixture of university courses and a landmark in its field.' - Mark Glancy, Queen Mary University of London, UK

'Hollywood and the American Historical Film explores the specifics as well as the methods whereby Hollywood offers up history to its audiences. Filled with succinct essays whether David Culbert' s refreshing and concise re-assessment of Birth of a Nation; Robert Sklar's investigation of the ways in which Hollywood films represent Hollywood as a changing industry, culminating with George Cukor's A Star is Born (1954); or J.E. Smyth's own look at Fred Zinnemann's Julia (1977) based on composite and fictive characters: this collection brings a new complexity to its topic. These essays are consistently fascinating, and refreshing in their sophisticated approaches.' Charles Musser, Yale University, USA

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