ISBN-10:
0786413891
ISBN-13:
9780786413898
Pub. Date:
01/16/2003
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Reel Baseball: Essays and Interviews on the National Pastime, Hollywood and American Culture / Edition 1

Reel Baseball: Essays and Interviews on the National Pastime, Hollywood and American Culture / Edition 1

by Stephen C. Wood, J. David Pincus

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ISBN-13: 9780786413898
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/16/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Stephen C. Wood is chair of the communication studies department at the University of Rhode Island. J. David Pincus has held positions in the communications and business departments at California State University, Fullerton, the University of Southern California, and the University of Arkansas. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Forewords 3

Preface 7



PART 1 16

1. The American Mythos in Film: The Natural 20

2. Returning to the America That Was Meant to Be: The Cinematic Re-Emergence of Baseball’s Vision of Community 35

3. W.P. Kinsella’s Baseball Fiction: Field of Dreams and the New Mythopoeism of Baseball 52

4. Baseball Mystery, Cinema Magic 63

5. Designated Heroes: Cinematic Reflections of Baseball’s Cultural Ideology 75

6. The Myth and Rebirth of Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out and Field of Dreams 88



PART 2 102

7. From Christ-Like Folk Hero to Bumbling Bacchus: Filmic Images of Babe Ruth 107

8. Persistence of Vision: A Study of Babe Ruth in Headin’ Home 120

9. Babe Ruth and the Feature Film: The Muddling of the Myth 134



PART 3 146

10. Baseball in Non-Baseball Films: From Family to Mirth 155

11. Baseball in Non-Baseball Films: From Culture to the Ephemeral 172

12. The Family of Baseball: Perceptions of the American Family in Baseball Films 191

13. The Baseball Moment in American Film 208

14. Meet John Doe, Frank Capra, and Baseball: The Celebration and Dark Side of the American Dream 222



PART 4 240

15. The Directors and Producers: Interviews with Phil Alden Robinson, Ron Shelton, Penny Marshall and Arthur Friedman 242

16. The Actors and Critics: Interviews with Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, James Belushi, Robert Osborne and Jeffrey Lyons 258

17. Behind the Scenes: Interviews with Vin Scully, Lynn Novick, Brent Shyer, and Rod Dedeaux 276



Conclusion 292

About the Contributors 303

Index 307

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