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America on Film : Modernism, Documentary, and a Changing America - Sam B. Girgus

America on Film

Modernism, Documentary, and a Changing America

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Published: 9th December 2002
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In America on Film, Sam Girgus examines a selection of films made in the last quarter of the twentieth century in an effort to trace how the notion of 'American' has changed drastically from that portrayed in American cinema up to the 1950s. In works such as Mississippi Masala, Lone Star, Malcolm X, Raging Bull, When We Were Kings, and Bugsy he finds a new and ethnically varied array of characters that embody American values, ideals, and conflicts; and a transformation in the relationship of American identity and culture to race and ethnicity, as well as to sexuality, gender, and the body. America on Film charts these changes through analysis of cinematic tensions between fiction, documentary, and modernism. An art form that combines fragments of reality with imagination, film, Girgus maintains, connects the documentary realism of the photographic image to the abstraction and non-representation of modernism.

"A useful text for anyone interested in understanding how American cinema both produces and reflects stories and images about national ideologies and identities." American Studies

Embodying a New Race for America: The Question of American Hope in Mississippi Masala and Lone Star
Mississippi Masala: merging ethnic and racial images
Lone Star: an archeology of American culture and the American psyche
Great Fights for the Century
Raging Bull: revisioning the body, soul and cinema
The black gladiator and the Spartacus syndrome: Race, redemption, and the ring
The Image and the Word: Literature and Film
'Fresh starts': Bugsy, The Great Gatsby, and the American dream
Imaging masochism and the politics of pain: 'facing' the word in the cinetext of Seize the Day
Documentary and Fiction
Documenting the body in Modern Times: Love, play, and repression in Chaplin's silent classic
Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, and the rebirth of Malcolm X: Cinetext for a black American dream
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ISBN: 9780521810920
ISBN-10: 0521810922
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th December 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.49