Hollywood Genres and Postwar America: Masculinity, Family and Nation in Popular Movies and Film Noir Mike Chopra-Gant

ISBN: 9781282527270

Published: May 9th 2014

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219 pages


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Hollywood Genres and Postwar America: Masculinity, Family and Nation in Popular Movies and Film Noir  by  Mike Chopra-Gant

Hollywood Genres and Postwar America: Masculinity, Family and Nation in Popular Movies and Film Noir by Mike Chopra-Gant
May 9th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 219 pages | ISBN: 9781282527270 | 6.32 Mb

This is a clear and engrossing account of how popular films in America just after the close of the Second World War played out Americas mood at that crucial time. It is also a revisionist challenge to received scholarly understanding of this mood,MoreThis is a clear and engrossing account of how popular films in America just after the close of the Second World War played out Americas mood at that crucial time.

It is also a revisionist challenge to received scholarly understanding of this mood, which has tended to be seen as characterized by an abiding pessimism most clearly manifested in the films noir of the period. Chopra-Gant makes here an important contribution to film genre, which, while not denying the significance of film noir, proposes that the noir and Zeitgeist reading relies on a retrospective re-imagining of the era, based on the erroneous promotion of selected movies.

He turns to the top box office successes of the period, including Best Years of our Lives and Two Years Before the Mast, showing that these films, most popular with audiences of the time, emphasise rather the triumph of American beliefs in democracy, classlessness and individualism. The book is a compelling argument for attention to be given to the more fluid, contemporary understandings of the generic character of films, in contrast to the more rigid genre classes more familiar in film studies scholarship.



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