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A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980

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Robert B. Ray examines the ideology of the most enduringly popular cinema in the world--the Hollywood movie. Aided by 364 frame enlargements, he describes the development of that historically overdetermined form, giving close readings of five typical instances: Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Godfather, and Taxi Driver. Like the heroes of these movies, American filmmaking has avoided commitment, in both plot and technique. Instead of choosing left or right, avant-garde or tradition, American cinema tries to have it both ways.

Although Hollywood's commercial success has led the world audience to equate the American cinema with film itself, Hollywood filmmaking is a particular strategy designed to respond to specific historical situations. As an art restricted in theoretical scope but rich in individual variations, the American cinema poses the most interesting question of popular culture: Do dissident forms have any chance of remaining free of a mass medium seeking to co-opt them?

Synopsis:

"Ray writes fluently and wears his learning with panache."--Leo Braudy, University of Southern California

"One of the most ambitious, scholarly, and readable texts on Hollywood I have seen."--James Naremore, Indiana University

Synopsis:

This book examines the ideology of the most enduring most popular cinema in the world--the Hollywood movie. Aided by 364 frame enlargements, Robert B. Ray analyzes the development of that historically overdetermined form, giving close readings of five typical instances: Casablanca., It's a Wonderful Life, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Godfather, and Taxi Driver.Like the heroes of these movies, American filmmaking has avoided commitment, in both plot and technique. Instead of choosing left or right, avant-garde of tradition, American cinema tries to have it both ways.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691101743
Author:
Ray, Robert B.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Ray, Robert B.
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Stage and screen
Subject:
Motion picture plays
Subject:
Motion picture plays -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Film Studies
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 1424.
Publication Date:
May 1985
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9.18x6.11x1.04 in. 1.35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Ray writes fluently and wears his learning with panache."--Leo Braudy, University of Southern California

"One of the most ambitious, scholarly, and readable texts on Hollywood I have seen."--James Naremore, Indiana University

"Synopsis" by , This book examines the ideology of the most enduring most popular cinema in the world--the Hollywood movie. Aided by 364 frame enlargements, Robert B. Ray analyzes the development of that historically overdetermined form, giving close readings of five typical instances: Casablanca., It's a Wonderful Life, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Godfather, and Taxi Driver.Like the heroes of these movies, American filmmaking has avoided commitment, in both plot and technique. Instead of choosing left or right, avant-garde of tradition, American cinema tries to have it both ways.
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