ISBN-10:
184511776X
ISBN-13:
9781845117764
Pub. Date:
03/17/2009
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Shooting the Civil War: Cinema, History and American National Identity

Shooting the Civil War: Cinema, History and American National Identity

by Jenny Barrett

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Overview

Shooting the Civil War: Cinema, History and American National Identity

No fewer than seven hundred films about the American Civil War have been made by Hollywood from early silent days to the present, from the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation, through The Red Badge of Courage and Gone With the Wind, to the more recent Glory, Ride with the Devil and Cold Mountain. This innovative book on the Civil War as presented in Hollywood cinema goes deep into the best of these films, arguing that rather than belonging to a single genre, Civil War films are to be found across genres, as domestic melodramas, Westerns or combat films, for example. As such, they have fresh insights to give into the war and into America's sense of itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845117764
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Cinema and Society Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Jenny Barrett is Program Leader in Film Studies at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

General Editor's Introduction xi

Introduction 1

1 National Identity, Ideology and American Film Genres 13

2 Civil War Melodramas: The Family and the Home 24

3 War-Westerns: Shifting Lines of Conflict 58

4 Civil War Combat Films: Masculine American Ancestry 94

5 The Birth of a Nation: Race, Family, Gender 126

6 An Enduring Southern Ancestry 156

Conclusion: To Remember/Forget 185

Selected Filmography 199

Bibliography 205

Index 215

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