Hollywood utopia : ecology in contemporary American cinema /
Pat Brereton.
Bristol, UK ; Portland, Ore. : Intellect Books, 2005.
270 p. ; 23 cm.
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Bristol, UK ; Portland, Ore. : Intellect Books, 2005.
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Filmography -- Hollywood utopia: ecology and contemporary American cinema -- Nature film and ecology -- Westerns, landscape and road movies -- Conspiracy thrillers and science fiction: 1950s to 1990s -- Postmodernist science fiction films and ecology.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-267).
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-07-01:
This book is not paradise, but it will do for now. It brings together a wealth of interdisciplinary research, but it lacks an index. It contains an enormous bibliography, but that bibliography omits the book's outstanding and most obvious critical predecessors: Jhan Hochman's Green Cultural Studies: Nature in Film, Novel, and Theory (CH, May'99, 36-4860) and David Ingram's Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema (CH, Sep'01, 39-0211). Offering the always-provocative argument that Hollywood films are worth discussing in a positive light, Brereton (Dublin City Univ.) makes his case by surrounding Westerns and science fiction films with an extraordinarily wide range of interdisciplinary material. Some of his emphases and omissions are strange and call for a heads up to less sophisticated readers. Brereton posits Steven Spielberg as an "eco-auteur" but entirely omits Hollywood's most obvious ecodirector, Robert Redford, whose works--including The Milagro Beanfield War, A River Runs through It, and The Horse Whisperer--stand as the US's most straightforward filmic contribution to ecological discussion. Yet Brereton's accumulation of environmental theory is consistently interesting, and with this book he makes a significant addition to the developing literature on environment and the arts. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above. S. C. Dillon Bates College
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Drawing on a range of philosophical theories to explore the importance of nature/landscape within film, this study seeks to show how Hollywood film uses and promotes a range of ecological ideas and debates.
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Hollywood Utopia applies a range of interdisciplinary strategies to trace the evolution of ecological representations in Hollywood film from 1950s to the present. Popular science fiction, westerns, nature and road movies are extensively analysed while privileging ecological moments of sublime expression often dramatized in the closing moments of these films.
Table of Contents
Filmography Hollywood Utopia: Ecology and Contemporary American Cinema Nature
Film and Ecology Westerns
Landscape and Road Movies Conspiracy Thrillers and Science Fiction: 1950s to 1990s Postmodernist Science
Fiction Films and Ecology Conclusion
Glossary of Terms
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