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The Road Movie Book - Steven Cohan

The Road Movie Book

By: Steven Cohan (Editor), Ina Rae Hark (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th October 1997
ISBN: 9780415149365
Number Of Pages: 400

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The Road Movie Book is the first comprehensive study of an enduring but ever-changing Hollywood genre, its place in American culture, and its legacy to world cinema. The road and the cinema both flourished in the twentieth century, as technological advances brought motion pictures to a mass audience and the mass produced automobile opened up the road to the ordinary American. When Jean Baudrillard equated modern American culture with 'space, speed, cinema, technology' he could just as easily have added that the road movie is its supreme emblem.
The contributors explore how the road movie has confronted and represented issues of nationhood, sexuality, gender, class and race. They map the generic terrain of the road movie, trace its evolution on American television as well as on the big screen from the 1930s through the 1980s, and, finally, consider road movies that go off the road, departing from the US landscape or travelling on the margins of contemporary American culture.
Movies discussed include:
* Road classics such as It Happened One Night, The Grapes of Wrath, The Wizard of Oz and the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby Road to films
* 1960's reworkings of the road movie in Easy Rider and Bonnie and Clyde
* Russ Meyer's road movies: from Motorpsycho to Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
* Contemporary hits such as Paris Texas, Rain Man, Natural Born Killers and Thelma and Louise
* The road movie, Australian style, from Mad Max to the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Industry Reviews

"A serious guide to some of our favorite films. . . . [T]he international lure of the open road is thoughtfully mapped out in informed, well-illustrated essays." -"Addison Press, June 1998

Mark Alvey, Field Museum, Chicago, US
Stuart C. Aitken, San Diego State University
Christopher Lee Lukinbeal, San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara, US
Corey K. Creekmur, Wayne State University
Steven Cohan, Syracuse University, US
Delia Falconer, Barbara Klinger, Indiana University
Ina Rae Hark, University of South Carolina
Ian Leong, University of Michigan, US
Mike Sell, Kelly Thomas, Katie Mills, Angelo Restivo, Pamela Robertson, University of Newcastle, Australia
Shari Roberts, Pennsylvania State University, US
Julian Stringer, Indiana University, US
Sharon Willis, University of Rochester
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ISBN: 9780415149365
ISBN-10: 0415149363
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 16th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.36  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.98
Edition Number: 1

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