American Cinema/American Culture https://www.mheducation.com/cover-images/Jpeg_400-high/1260837211.jpeg 6 2022 9781260837216 American Cinema/American Culture introduces the reader to basic issues related to the phenomenon of American cinema. It looks at American film history from the 1890s through today, but it does not always explore this history in a purely chronological way. In fact, it is not (strictly speaking) a history. Rather, it is a cultural history, which focuses more on topics and issues than on what happened when. American Cinema/American Culture plays a crucial role in the process of identity-formation. Films not only serve as texts that document who we think we are or were, but they also reflect changes in our self-image, tracing the transformation from one kind of America to another.
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American Cinema/American Culture

American Cinema/American Culture, 6th Edition

ISBN10: 1260837211 | ISBN13: 9781260837216
By John Belton

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American Cinema/American Culture introduces the reader to basic issues related to the phenomenon of American cinema. It looks at American film history from the 1890s through today, but it does not always explore this history in a purely chronological way. In fact, it is not (strictly speaking) a history. Rather, it is a cultural history, which focuses more on topics and issues than on what happened when. American Cinema/American Culture plays a crucial role in the process of identity-formation. Films not only serve as texts that document who we think we are or were, but they also reflect changes in our self-image, tracing the transformation from one kind of America to another.

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 
CHAPTER 18   DIGITAL CINEMA
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