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Chapman examines the rise to dominance of Hollywood cinema in the silent and early sound periods. He discusses the characteristic themes of American movies from the Depression to the end of the Cold War especially those found in the western and film noir - genres that are often used as vehicles for exploring issues central to us society and politics. He looks at national cinemas in various European countries in the period between the end of the First World War and the end of the Second, which all exhibit the formal and aesthetic properties of modernism. The emergence of the so-called "new cinemas" of Europe and the wider world since 1960 are also explored.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861891624
ISBN-10: 1861891628
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 140mm x 44mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 30-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Chapman

James Chapman is Lecturer in Film and Television History at the Open University. He is the author of The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 (1998) and Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (1999).

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