Belton: American Cinema American Culture, 5th edition

Looks at the interplay between American cinema and mass culture from the 1890s to 2017. Students are introduced to the cultural history of film, focusing on topics and issues rather than on rote learning. This introduction to American Cinema is ideal for introductory courses of American cinema, American film history courses, and introductory film appreciation courses. The text provides a cultural overview of the phenomenon of the American moviegoing experience, engagingly written in a lively and entertaining style by John Belton, a preeminent scholar in the field of film studies.

ISBNS: 0073514292 / 9780073514291
Publication Date: 10/17/17

NEW IN THE FIFTH EDITION

Chapter-by-Chapter Changes:

Chapter 2
A new segmentation and discussion of Barry Jenkins' Moonlight (2016). New section heading: What's in a Name?

Chapter 4
New discussion of how Hollywood has recently become involved with the co-production of films with China which has helped finance recent major blockbusters

Chapter 5
New discussion of Tom Hanks performances in the movies: Captain Phillips (2013), and Sully (2016)

Chapter 7
New discussion of Damien Chazelle’s movie: La La Land (2016)

Table of Contents

PART 1 THE MODE OF PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 THE EMERGENCE OF THE CINEMA AS AN INSTITUTION
CHAPTER 2 CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD CINEMA: NARRATION
CHAPTER 3 CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD CINEMA: STYLE
CHAPTER 4 THE STUDIO SYSTEM
CHAPTER 5 THE STAR SYSTEM

PART 2 GENRE AND THE GENRE SYSTEM
CHAPTER 6 SILENT FILM MELODRAMA
CHAPTER 7 THE MUSICAL
CHAPTER 8 AMERICAN COMEDY
CHAPTER 9 WAR AND CINEMA
CHAPTER 10 FILM NOIR: SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
CHAPTER 11 THE MAKING OF THE WEST
CHAPTER 12 HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION

PART 3 A POSTWAR HISTORY
CHAPTER 13 HOLLYWOOD AND THE COLD WAR
CHAPTER 14 HOLLYWOOD IN THE AGE OF TELEVISION
CHAPTER 15 THE 1960S: THE COUNTERCULTURE STRIKES BACK
CHAPTER 16 THE FILM SCHOOL GENERATION
CHAPTER 17 INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

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