American City in the Cinema

ISBN-10: 1412851483
ISBN-13: 9781412851480
Edition: 2013
Authors: James A. Clapp
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List price: $89.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR Press)
Publication date: 6/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 370
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364

The American city and the American movie industry grew up together in the early decades of the twentieth century, making film an ideal medium through which to better understand urban life. Exploiting the increasing popularity of large metropolitan cities and urban lifestyle, movies chronicled the city and the stories it generated. In this volume, urbanist James A. Clapp explores the reciprocal relationship between the city and the cinema within the dimensions of time and space. A variety of themes and actualizations have been repeated throughout the history of the cinema, including the roles of immigrants, women, small towns, family farms, and suburbia; and urban childhoods, family values, violent crime, politics, and dystopic futures. Clapp examines the different ways in which the city has been characterized as well as how it has been portrayed as a "character" itself. Some of the films discussed include Metropolis, King Kong, West Side Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, American Beauty, Rebel without a Cause, American Graffiti, Blade Runner, Gangs of New York, The Untouchables, LA Confidential, Sunrise, Crash, American History X, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Deer Hunter, and many more. This work will be enjoyed by urban specialists, moviegoers, and those interested in American, cultural, and film studies.

James A. Clapp is emeritus professor of planning and urban affairs at San Diego State University in California.nbsp;He is the author of over one hundred articles, book chapters, and reviews. His books include New Towns and Urban Policy, The American City in the Cinema, and This Urban Life .nbsp;

Preface
The American City in the Cinema: An Introduction
The Urban Medium
Streets of Gold: Immigrants in the City and the Cinema
The Small Town in a Metropolitan World
How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm?
Suburbia and the American Dream
Growing Up Urban: The City, the Cinema, and American Youth
Family Values, City Ways
Politics, the City, and the Cinema
Mean Streets and Cities of Night
"Are You Talking to Me?": New York and the Cinema of Urban Alienation
Class, Race, and Ethnicity in the City and the Cinema
The Urban Woman: Labor, Liberation, and Love in the Cinematic City
City Work
Nature, Technophobia, and the Cinema of the Urban Future
The City as Cinema
References
Film List
Name Index
Subject Index

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