Download PDF by Leonard Quart: American Film and Society since 1945

By Leonard Quart

ISBN-10: 0313382522

ISBN-13: 9780313382529

ISBN-10: 0313382530

ISBN-13: 9780313382536

ISBN-10: 1440800790

ISBN-13: 9781440800795

During this most modern replace to American movie and Society when you consider that 1945, the authors extend upon prior versions through including motion pictures formerly overlooked, and develop their research of a few motion pictures by means of discussing how those works trap the temper and values of yank society in a selected decade. Interpretation of movies can contain direct connections with social and political matters, yet frequently care for the real subtext of goals, wants, and displacements that the yank public feels. contemporary motion pictures that current homosexual relationships and politics, reminiscent of Brokeback Mountain and Milk, and that deal with race family members and concrete lifelike Crash and valuable are tested. This fourth version additionally addresses adjustments within the smooth movie akin to convergence and the electronic revolution.

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Ford believed in the virtues of the military, conceiving it as a community built on a hierarchic code of power, self-sacrifice, responsibility, and obligation. The film’s officers are viewed as heroes, men free of any fear or anxiety about the war, best illustrated by the impetuous, tough Captain Rusty Ryan (John Wayne), who is unwilling to allow mere wounds to prevent him from going into battle. ” Ford’s film was a celebration, not a critical portrait, of the American war effort. They Were Expendable is filled with patriotic and elegiac sentiments — a sound track playing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Red River Valley”; an affecting montage of wounded men, one of them who is blind, smoking a cigarette with trembling hands; and a melancholy full shot of exhausted, courageous nurses seen in silhouette walking through a hospital corridor.

Nevertheless, for most Americans, the 1940s—particularly the late 1940s — were the first relatively unruffled period of peace and prosperity that they had enjoyed in almost two decades. Despite the fact that there were fears of Russia and a native communist fifth column, there was also the faith that America had both the material and the moral capacity to deal with the “red menace” and any other problem it confronted. For example, films like Howard Hawks’s epic western about the first cattle drive up the Chisholm Trail, Red River (1948), conveyed great confidence in the strength of the American character.

Certainly, there were dark clouds looming, such as HUAC’s threat to sap Hollywood’s vitality. indd 37 6/7/2011 10:55:27 AM 38 AMERICAN FILM AND SOCIETY SINCE 1945 film noir had raised the curtain on a darker side of the American psyche and character. Nevertheless, for most Americans, the 1940s—particularly the late 1940s — were the first relatively unruffled period of peace and prosperity that they had enjoyed in almost two decades. Despite the fact that there were fears of Russia and a native communist fifth column, there was also the faith that America had both the material and the moral capacity to deal with the “red menace” and any other problem it confronted.

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