In this lively and original book, Sam Girgus offers a fresh look at films such as The Searchers, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, High Noon, and On the Waterfront. He shows how they are part of the cultural and historic debate that examines, structures, and questions what modern America means to its people, the world, and history.Read more
- Author well-known from CUP Woody Allen book
- Close, detailed readings of individual films
- Synthesizes film studies, American Studies, critical theory, and contemporary Freudian and Lacanian interpretations of character
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"...Girgus's readings of the films are always thought-provoking and often persuasive." Benjamin L. Alpers, Culture FrontSee more reviews
"Girgus is at his best when offering close readings of key films." Steven J. Ross, The Journal of American History
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- Date Published: August 1998
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521625524
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Ethnics and Roughnecks: The making of the Hollywood renaissance
2. The cinema for democracy: John Ford
3. Gender and American character: Frank Capra
4. Revisioning heroic masculinity: Hawks and Zinnemann
5. An American conscience: Elia Kazan
6. Losing tomorrow: George Stevens
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