American Cinema/American Culture

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An insight into the interplay between the film industry and mass culture in America, which examines the industry, its narrative conventions and cinematographic style. The work also presents a sweep of film history, using five genres - silent film melodrama, American comedy, the war film, film noir and the making of the West - as the basis for discussion. The treatment of each genre focuses on that period in time when each had its greatest effect on the industry, film aesthetics and American culture. The work concludes with a look at Hollywood post World War II, giving separate chapter coverage to the effects of the Cold War, television, the counterculture of the 60s, directors from the film school generation, such as Scorcese, Ford Coppola and Spielberg, and the recent trends of the 80s and 90s. This text can be used for film appreciation and film and culture courses.

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