Tagline: We watch the same movies, but we don?t see the same movies. Hollywood Values makes a heroic effort to show that Hollywood bashing doesn?t have it right. Good things are coming out of Hollywood. This book proves it.
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Thank you Steven C. Scheer! After reading 'Hollywood Values' I was able to watch movies in new and exiting way. I have also rewatched movies and I am now able to get an entirely new understanding of the writers meanings in the movies. This book really helped me learn how to watch a movie and get the most out of it. I would recommend this book to anyone from any age group. The way Dr. Scheer explains how many of us miss the forest throgh the trees really made me think. I loved this book.
Steven C. Scheer loves movies. He has a marvelous feel for them, how they work and mean and make us fall in love with them. His love of the movies goes back to his childhood in Budapest when, as a boy of eight or nine, he watched Olivier's movie version of Hamlet. Even though he had to struggle to keep up with the Hungarian subtitles, he walked out of the cinema thinking that it was 'a pretty good movie.' Scheer tells this story in Hollywood Values by way of explanation of how he came to be an English major in college, after he came to the United States in the wake of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. By 1959 Scheer was learning English, and it was around then that he purchased the first book that he ever bought for himself, a Washington Square Press edition of Hamlet. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in American Literature from the Johns Hopkins University. Scheer's work as a lover and interpreter of movies is connected with his work as a lover and interpreter of literature. As he puts it in Hollywood Values, 'As far as I am concerned, movies are part of 'literature' (a kind of combination between plays and novels, though some come close to poetry in their lyricism).' As Scheer's life experience and training point out, he has access to a vast knowledge and experience of several traditions, all of which he is able to bring to bear on his interpretations of movies with a great lightness of touch. Whether he is bringing the Biblical Book of Timothy to bear on Fargo or Virgil's Tenth Eclogue to bear on As Good as it Gets, he writes with insight and wit. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in movies or literature, or anyone generally interested in the liberal arts. The book is both smart and a whole lot of fun.