Hollywood Looks at U.S. History
By (author) Robert Burgoyne
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Film Nation by Robert Burgoyne
Book DescriptionIn movies like "JFK" and "Forrest Gump", Robert Burgoyne sees a filmic extension of the debates that exercise America as a nation - debates about race and culture and national identity, about the nature and make-up of American history. In analyses of five films that challenge the traditional myths of the nation-state - "Glory", "Thunderheart", "JFK", "Born on the Fourth of July", and "Forrest Gump" - Burgoyne explores the reshaping of the American collective imaginary in relation to history. These movies, exploring the meaning of "nation" from below, highlight issues of power that underly the narrative construction of nationhood. This work exposes the faultlines between national myths and the historical experience of people typically excluded from those myths. Throughout, Burgoyne demonstrates that these films, in their formal design, also preserve relics of the imaginary past they contest. Here we see how the "genre memory" of the western, the war film, and the melodrama shapes these films, creating a complex exchange between old concepts of history and the alternative narratives of historical experience that contemporary texts propose. The book applies theories of nationalism and national identity to contemporary American films, revealing the cinematic rewriting of history now taking place as an attempt to rearticulate the cultural narratives that define America as a nation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816620715
(234mm x 156mm x 9mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Burgoyne
Film Nation, Hardback (March 2010)
Events of the past decade have dramatically rewritten the American national narrative, bringing to light an alternate history of nation, marked since the countrys origins by competing geopolitical interests, by mobility and migration, and by contending ethnic and racial groups.
Hollywood Historical Film, Hardback (January 2008)
A comprehensive analysis of the historical film-a popular and controversial genre that's been with us since the early days of cinema-and Hollywood's unique ability to reshape our viewpoints while it sensually recreates the past.
New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics, Hardback (March 1992)» View all books by Robert Burgoyne
An indispensable lexicon for film theory, defining over 500 critical terms. It contains references to the work of key figures such as Peirce, Doane, Genette and Derrida and examples drawn from the films of directors like Welles, Varda and Hitchcock.
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