Description : In this pioneering work, sixteen historians analyse individual films for deeper insight into US institutions, values and lifestyles. Linking all of the essays is the belief that film holds much of value for the historian seeking to understand and interpret American history and culture. This title will be equally valuable for students and scholars in history using film for analysis as well as film students and scholars exploring the way social and historical circumstances are reflected and represented in film.
Description : This volume deals definitively with an important genre in American cinema--the war film. It explores the relationship between film images and the experience of war. Wetta and Curley classify and discuss films and filmmaking by the American wars depicted.
Description : " Freddie Maas's revealing memoir offers a unique perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system. An ambitious twenty-three-year-old, Maas moved to Hollywood and launched her own writing career by drafting a screenplay of the bestselling novel The Plastic Age for ""It"" girl Clara Bow. On the basis of that script, she landed a staff position at powerhouse MGM studios. In the years to come, she worked with and befriended numerous actors and directors, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Eric von Stroheim, as well as such writers and producers as Thomas Mann and Louis B. Mayer. As a professional screenwriter, Fredderica quickly learned that scripts and story ideas were frequently rewritten and that screen credit was regularly given to the wrong person. Studio executives wanted well-worn plots, but it was the writer's job to develop the innovative situations and scintillating dialogue that would bring to picture to life. For over twenty years, Freddie and her friends struggled to survive in this incredibly competitive environment. Through it all, Freddie remained a passionate, outspoken woman in an industry run by powerful men, and her provocative, nonconformist ways brought her success, failure, wisdom, and a wealth of stories, opinions, and insight into a fascinating period in screen history.
Description : A Companion to Robert Altman presents myriad aspects ofAltman’s life, career, influence and historical context. Thisbook features 23 essays from a range of experts in the field,providing extensive coverage of these aspects and dimensions ofAltman’s work. The most expansive and wide–ranging book yet published onAltman, providing a comprehensive account of Altman’scomplete career Provides discussion and analysis of generally neglected aspectsof Altman’s career, including the significance of his work intelevision and industrial film, the importance of collaboration,and the full range and import of his aesthetic innovations Includes essays by key scholars in “Altmanstudies”, bringing together experts in the field, emergingscholars and writers from a broad range of fields Multi–disciplinary in design and draws on a range of approachesto Altman’s work, being the first substantial publication tomake use of the recently launched Robert Altman Archive at theUniversity of Michigan Offers specific insights into particular aspects of film styleand their application, industrial and aesthetic film and TVhistory, and particular areas such as the theorisation of space,place, authorship and gender