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.
About the Author
Jenny Barrett is Program Leader in Film Studies at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire.
Table of Contents
General Editor's Introduction xi
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