Film and Nationalism

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

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Today there is much debate over an increasingly "global economy". But commercial cinema has been, from the very beginnings of its existence, "globalized". From the medium's inception, films have defined and reinforced the core values and social structures of countries. They have also helped define -- socially and culturally -- what is to be considered "outside" the nation and what it is to be shunned.

Film and Nationalism examines the ways in which cinema has been considered an arena of conflict and interaction between nations and nationhood. Each section of this volume explores a crucial aspect of the discussion. Is film an effective form of national propaganda? Are films losing the very notion of nationhood, in favor of a generalized, "global" cinematographic culture? What is film's influence over "national character"? In addition, the volume explores the cultural and economic interactions between developed and underdeveloped countries. How have third world nations defined themselves in relation to hegemonic first world cultures, and how have their relation

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(24)
Alan Williams
Theoretical Perspectives
Reconceptualizing National Cinema/s
Stephen Crofts
The Concept of National Cinema
Andrew Higson
Movie Analyses in the Study of Culture
Martha Wolfenstein
National Cinemas
Australian Cinema as a National Cinema
Tom O'Regan
The Testament of Dr. Goebbels
Eric Rentschler
The ``Funny War'' of the Sexes in French Cinema
Noel Burch
Genevieve Sellier
International Relations
The Legacy of T. E. Lawrence: The Forward Policy of Western Film Critics in the Far East
Stephen Teo
Are All Latins from Manhattan? Hollywood, Ethnography, and Cultural Colonialism
Ana M. Lopez
A ``Global'' (Postnational) Future?
Multinational Pest Control: Does American Cinema Still Exist?
Jonathan Rosenbaum
A Neo-Marxist Approach: World Film Trade and Global Culture Flows
Janet Staiger
Selected Bibliography 249(4)
Contributors 253(2)
Index 255

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