American Movies and Their Cultural Antecedents in Literary Text (Studies in History & Criticism of Film S. v. 4)
By: Phebe Davidson (author)Hardback
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Six wide-ranging essays which track the evolving representation and understanding of stories and themes, an exercise in seeing where a particular idea, image, or sequence of events will lead. For example, Chapter One traces the evolution of the black/white masculine friendship pair from James Fenimore Cooper through "Die Hard" to "The Green Mile". Chapter Four discusses "Thelma and Louise" and "Leaving Normal" as complementary cultural texts which serve to extend gender definitions found in earlier American literature and which continue actively to engage men and women in American culture today.
Preface - playing on the other side, Josephine A. Koster; foreword - reading a new art; introduction - looking through the windows; seeing in black and white - suppressed racial violence from "The Defiant Ones" to "The Green Mile"; good and guilty narratives - the white man speaks - Samuel Clemens, John Sayles and "The Brother from Another Planet"; "history with lightning" -the legacy of D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation"; when rubber meets the road - "Thelma and Louise" and "Leaving Normal" as complementary cultural texts; will the real fairy godmother please stand up?; dead already - fathers and anti-feminism in three 1999 films ("American Beauty", "The Sixth Sense", "Limbo").
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