Contemporary American Cinema

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-06-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press

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The first complete study of mainstream and nontraditional film since 1960 Indispensable to film students and general readers interested in this art form, Contemporary American Cinemaculls together the writings of the world's leading film scholars to provide the first comprehensive introduction to postclassical American film. Heavily illustrated with more than 50 color and black-and-white stills, it takes a close look at all aspects of the genre, including influential movies, directors, producers, and actors. This unique and accessible resource includes two Tables of Contents, allowing readers to research chronologically or thematically. In addition, it includes a glossary of important terms, suggestions for further reading, sample essay questions, and a filmography. Subjects include: Decline of the early studio system Rise of American new-wave cinema Parallel histories of independent and underground cinema Black cinema--from the "blaxploitation" era of the 1970s to the 1990s Full history of the American blockbuster Uses and effects of new film making technologies America's ever-changing audiences Key genres and industry statistics

Author Biography

Linda Ruth Williams and Michael Hammond are senior lecturers in film at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

American cinema, 1965-70p. 12
The road moviep. 14
Roger Corman and new worldp. 21
The sound of musicp. 26
Night of the living deadp. 31
Debts, disasters and mega-musicals : the decline of the studio systemp. 41
Twentieth Century Fox in the 1960sp. 46
The Hollywood musicalp. 53
American underground cinema of the 1960sp. 62
North American documentary in the 1960sp. 73
Pop movies and festival filmsp. 80
"The last good time we ever had?" : revising the Hollywood renaissancep. 90
Psychop. 93
Warren Beattyp. 97
The graduatep. 101
Box office figures, 1960s and award winners 1960-69p. 108
American cinema, 1970-75p. 124
Alan Arkinp. 125
Disaster movies in the 1970sp. 128
American horror cinema since 1960p. 134
Auteurism and auteursp. 139
Sam Peckinpahp. 148
Taxi driverp. 157
Jane Fondap. 161
Blockbusters in the 1970sp. 164
Steven Spielbergp. 166
Star warsp. 172
William Friedkinp. 181
Blaxploitationp. 184
Richard Pryor live in concertp. 186
The 1970s and American documentaryp. 199
Eraserheadp. 210
Box office figures, 1970s and award winners 1970-79p. 213
Hollywood in the age of Reaganp. 229
Science fiction and fantasy since 1960p. 230
Simpson and Bruckheimerp. 238
Tim Burtonp. 242
Heaven's gate and United Artistsp. 245
US independent cinema since the 1980sp. 247
Do the right thingp. 249
Miramaxp. 257
Disney and family entertainmentp. 265
Back to the futurep. 272
The Vietnam War in American cinemap. 280
Arnold Schwarzeneggerp. 284
The 1980s and American documentaryp. 289
Mtvp. 297
Women in recent US cinemap. 299
Barbra Streisandp. 301
Desperately seeking Susanp. 304
Sigourney Weaverp. 308
Box office figures, 1980s and award winners 1980-89p. 315
Spectacle and narrative in the contemporary blockbusterp. 334
Hong Kong in Hollywoodp. 335
Sequels, series and spin-offsp. 344
Titanicp. 349
The agentp. 353
What is cinema today? : home viewing, new technologies and DVDp. 356
Neo-noir and erotic thrillersp. 358
Toy storyp. 369
Tom Hanksp. 376
American documentary film in the 1990sp. 379
New black cinemap. 389
The Hughes brothersp. 390
John Singletonp. 394
New queer cinemap. 398
The silence of the lambsp. 400
Fantasizing gender and race : women in contemporary US action cinemap. 410
Jodie Fosterp. 412
Unforgivenp. 415
Kathryn Bigelowp. 421
Smart cinemap. 429
Quentin Tarantinop. 432
Box office figures, 1990s and award winners 1990-2004p. 440
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