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Hollywood's America Twentieth-Century America Through Film

ISBN-10: 1405190035
ISBN-13: 9781405190039
Edition: 4th 2010
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Book details

List price: $50.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Steven Mintz is Executive Director of the Institute for Transformational Learning at the University of Texas.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: The Social and Cultural History of American Film
The Silent Era
Introduction: Intolerance and the Rise of the Feature Film
Silent Cinema as Social Criticism: “Front Page Movies”
Silent Cinema as Historical Mythmaker: “The Birth of a Nation”
The Revolt Against Victorianism: “Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and the New Personality”
Primary Sources
Edison v. American Mutoscope Company
“The Nickel Madness”
Mutual Film Corp. v. Industrial Commission of Ohio
Fighting a Vicious Film: Protest Against The Birth of a Nation
Boston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1915
Analysis
Hollywood's Golden Age
Introduction: Backstage During the Great Depression: 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, and Footlight Parade
Depression America and its Films: “Laughing Through Tears”
The Depression's Human Toll: “Gangsters and Fallen Women”
Depression Allegories: “Gone with the Wind and The Grapes of Wrath as Hollywood Histories of the Great Depression”
African Americans on the Silver Screen: “The Evolution of Black Film”
Primary Sources
The Introduction of Sound
“Pictures That Talk”
Review of Don Juan
“Silence is Golden”
Film Censorship
The Sins of Hollywood, 1922
“The Don'ts and Be Carefuls”
The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930
Wartime Hollywood
Introduction: Hollywood's World War II Combat Films
Casablanca as Propaganda: “You Must Remember This: The Case of Hal Wallis' Casablanca”
Bureau of Motion Pictures Report: Casablanca
John Wayne and Wartime Hollywood: “John Wayne Goes to War”
The Woman's Film: “When Women Wept”
Primary Sources: US Senate Subcommittee Hearings on Motion Picture and Radio Propaganda, 1941
Postwar Hollywood
Introduction: Double Indemnity and Film Noir
The Red Scare in Hollywood: “HUAC and the End of an Era”
The Morality of Informing: “Ambivalence and On the Waterfront”
Science Fiction as Social Commentary: “The Age of Conspiracy and Conformity: Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956)
The Western as Cold War Film: “Gunfighters and Green Berets: The Magnificent Seven and the Myth of Counter-Insurgency”
Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: “Film Noir, Disneyland, and the Cold War (Sub) Urban Imaginary”
Primary Sources
United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. (1947)
Hearings Regarding the Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry
US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities, 1947
US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities, 1951
The Miracle Decision
Inc. v. Wilson, Commissioner of Education of New York, et al. (1952)
Hollywood and the Tumultuous 1960s
Introduction: Bonnie and Clyde
A Shifting Sensibility: “Dr. Strangelove: Nightmare Comedy and the Ideology of Liberal Consensus”
Films of the Late 1960s and Early 1970s: “From Counterculture to Counterrevolution, 1967-1971”
Reaffirming Traditional Values: “The Blue Collar Ethnic in Bicentennial America: Rocky”
Presenting African Americans on Film: “The Rise and Fall of Sidney Poitier”
Coming to Terms with the Vietnam War: “A Sacred Mission: Oliver Stone and Vietnam”
Primary Sources: The Hollywood Rating System, 1968
Hollywood in Our Time
Introduction: A Changing Hollywood
Feminism and Recent American Film: “Gendering Expectations: Genre and Allegory in Readings of Thelma and Louise”
Hollywood Remembers World War II: “Saving Private Ryan and Postwar Memory in America”
East Meets West: “The Asian Invasion (of Multiculturalism) in Hollywood”
Immigration at the Movies: “The Immigrant in Film: Evolution of an Illuminating Icon”
Movies and the Construction of Historical Memory: “Movies, History, and the Disneyfication of the Past: The Case of Pocahontas”
Bibliography of Recent Books in American Film History
Index

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