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Reel Baseball Essays and Interviews on the National Pastime, Hollywood and American Culture

ISBN-10: 0786413891
ISBN-13: 9780786413898
Edition: 2003
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Description: Not only are movies and baseball two of America's favorite pastimes, they are integral parts of our culture. Small wonder that the two frequently merge in Hollywood's use of baseball themes, jargon, and icons. This work on baseball in the movies is  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 1/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Not only are movies and baseball two of America's favorite pastimes, they are integral parts of our culture. Small wonder that the two frequently merge in Hollywood's use of baseball themes, jargon, and icons. This work on baseball in the movies is organized into four sections examining different aspects of the cultural intersection between film and baseball. In the first three sections-"Baseball in Baseball Films," "Babe Ruth and the Silver Screen," and "Baseball in Non-Baseball Films"-essays by scholars in various disciplines cover such topics as symbols, the role of family, baseball as a facilitator of violence, and the American mythos. The fourth section consists of interviews with directors (such as Ron Shelton and Penny Marshall), actors (Kevin Costner, James Belushi), and baseball personnel (broadcaster Vin Scully, coach Rod Dedeaux) who have worked in baseball films.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Baseball in Baseball Films
Introduction to Reel 1
The American Mythos in Film: The Natural
Returning to the America That Was Meant to Be: The Cinematic Re-Emergence of Baseball's Vision of Community
W.P. Kinsella's Baseball Fiction: Field of Dreams and the New Mythopoeism of Baseball
Baseball Mystery, Cinema Magic
Designated Heroes: Cinematic Reflections of Baseball's Cultural Ideology
The Myth and Rebirth of Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out and Field of Dreams
Babe Ruth and the Silver Screen
Introduction to Reel 2
From Christ-Like Folk Hero to Bumbling Bacchus: Filmic Images of Babe Ruth, 1920-1992
Persistence of Vision: A Study of Babe Ruth in Headin' Home
Babe Ruth and the Feature Film: The Muddling of the Myth
Baseball in Non-Baseball Films
Introduction to Reel 3
Baseball in Non-Baseball Films: From Family to Mirth
Baseball in Non-Baseball Films: From Culture to the Ephemeral
The Family of Baseball: Perceptions of the American Family in Baseball Films
The Baseball Moment in American Film
Meet John Doe, Frank Capra, and Baseball: The Celebration and Dark Side of the American Dream
The Last Inning
Introduction to Reel 4
The Directors and Producers: Interviews with Phil Alden Robinson, Ron Shelton, Penny Marshall and Arthur Friedman
The Actors and Critics: Interviews with Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, James Belushi, Robert Osborne and Jeffrey Lyons
Behind the Scenes: Interviews with Vin Scully, Lynn Novick, Brent Shyer, and Rod Dedeaux
Post-Game Analysis: Reflections on Baseball, Film and American Culture
About the Contributors
Index

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