American cinema/American culture /
John Belton.
4th ed.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2013.
xxii, 454 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0073535095 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780073535098 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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New York : McGraw-Hill, c2013.
0073535095 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780073535098 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes filmographies and index.
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Ideal for introducing American cinema courses, this text offers a cultural examination of the US motion picture industry, with attention focused on the economic and aesthetic institution of Hollywood.
Main Description
American Cinema/American Culturelooks at the interplay between American cinema and mass culture from the 1890s to 2011. It begins with an examination of the basic narrative and stylistic features of classical Hollywood cinema. It then studies the genres of silent melodrama, the musical, American comedy, the war/combat film, film noir, the western, and the horror and science fiction film, investigating the way in which movies shape and are shaped by the larger cultural concerns of the nation as a whole. The book concludes with a discussion of post World War II Hollywood, giving separate chapter coverage to the effects of the Cold War, 3D, television, the counterculture of the 1960s, directors from the film school generation, and the cultural concerns of Hollywood from the 1970s through 2011. Ideal for Introduction to American Cinema courses, American Film History courses, and Introductory Film Appreciation courses, this text provides a culturaloverview of the phenomenon of the American movie-going experience. An updated study guide is also available for American Cinema/American Culture. Written by Ed Sikov, this guide introduces each topic with an explanatory overview written in more informal language, suggests screenings and readings, and offers self-tests.
Table of Contents
The Mode of Production
The Emergence of the Cinema as an Institution
Classical Hollywood Cinema: Narration
Classical Hollywood Cinema: Style
The Studio System
The Star System
Genre and The Genre System
Silent Film Melodrama
The Musical
American Comedy
War and Cinema
Film Noir: Somewhere in the Night
The Making of the West
Horror and Science Fiction
A Postwar History
Hollywood and the Cold War
Hollywood in the Age of Television
The 1960s: The Counterculture Strikes Back
The Film School Generation
Into the Twenty-First Century
Glossary of Technical and Other Terms
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