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Reconstructing American historical cinema [electronic resource] : from Cimarron to Citizen Kane / J.E. Smyth.

By: Smyth, J. E, 1977-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2006Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 447 p.) : ill.ISBN: 0813171474 (electronic bk.); 9780813171470 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Historical films -- United States -- History and criticism | Motion pictures and history | Fine Arts | PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- ReferenceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Reconstructing American historical cinema.DDC classification: 791.43/658 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Toward a Filmic Writing of History in Classic Hollywood; 1. The New American History: Cimarron, 1931; 2. Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932; 3. Competing Frontiers, 1933-1938; 4. The Return of Our Epic America, 1938-1941; 5. Jezebels and Rebels, Cavaliers and Compromise, 1930-1939; 6. The Lives and Deaths of Abraham Lincoln, 1930-1941; 7. War in the Roaring Twenties, 1932-1939; 8. The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938-1941; 9. Stars Born and Lost, 1932-1937'; 10. A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939-1942
Summary: Reconstructing American Historical Cinema explores Hollywood's pivotal interpretations of national history during the height of the studio system. In a radical departure from traditional studies of film and history, J. E. Smyth looks at rarely discussed production records and scripts from studio archives, arguing that certain classical Hollywood filmmakers were actively engaged in a self-conscious and often critical filmic writing of national history. Her unique approach unites the study of popular and academic historical writing, historical fiction, and screenwriting, providing a rich context
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 413-433) and index.

Includes filmography: p. 341-364.

Description based on print version record.

Reconstructing American Historical Cinema explores Hollywood's pivotal interpretations of national history during the height of the studio system. In a radical departure from traditional studies of film and history, J. E. Smyth looks at rarely discussed production records and scripts from studio archives, arguing that certain classical Hollywood filmmakers were actively engaged in a self-conscious and often critical filmic writing of national history. Her unique approach unites the study of popular and academic historical writing, historical fiction, and screenwriting, providing a rich context

Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Toward a Filmic Writing of History in Classic Hollywood; 1. The New American History: Cimarron, 1931; 2. Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932; 3. Competing Frontiers, 1933-1938; 4. The Return of Our Epic America, 1938-1941; 5. Jezebels and Rebels, Cavaliers and Compromise, 1930-1939; 6. The Lives and Deaths of Abraham Lincoln, 1930-1941; 7. War in the Roaring Twenties, 1932-1939; 8. The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938-1941; 9. Stars Born and Lost, 1932-1937'; 10. A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939-1942

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