Historical Dictionary of American Cinema (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts)
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One of the most powerful forces in world culture, American cinema has a long and complex history that stretches through more than a century. This history not only includes a legacy of hundreds of important films but also the evolution of the film industry itself, which is in many ways a microcosm of the history of American society as a whole.
The Historical Dictionary of American Cinema provides broad coverage of the people, films, companies, techniques, themes, and genres that have made American cinema such a vital part of world cinema. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the history of American Cinema.
Sunset Blvd. (1950), one of the classic films about the Hollywood film industry, in which jaded screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) walks with innocent, aspiring screenwriter Betty Schaefer (Nancy Olson) through the Paramount studio lot, strolling down a street lined with fake buildings. Looking around her, Schaefer acknowledges the artificiality of what she sees but admires it nevertheless: “Look at this street,” she tells Gillis. “All cardboard, all hollow, all phony, all done with
political ideas that marked many of Aldrich’s films. Among the best known of Aldrich’s early films is Kiss Me Deadly (1955), a film noir classic that he both directed and produced. Based on a novel by Mickey Spillane, this film is an offbeat effort that in many ways challenges Spillane’s reactionary politics. Aldrich also directed and produced The Big Knife (1955), a film noir that satirizes the Hollywood film industry. Attack (1956) was a politically engaged war film exploring the role of social
important part of American children’s culture. Of the live-action films made during the lifetime of company founder Walt Disney, Mary Poppins (a 1964 film that includes some brief animated sequences) was by far the most commercially successful. After Disney’s death in 1966, his company seemed to lack direction and began to lose its dominance in the world of children’s film. Thus, while they continued to produce some interesting films, the door was opened for competitors. As early as 1968, Chitty
9:15 AM E EASTWOOD, CLINT (1930– ). Clint Eastwood has enjoyed dual careers as a leading Hollywood actor and, increasingly, as one of Hollywood’s most respected directors. However, Eastwood’s movie career took off slowly, with his most notable role through the early 1960s being that of Rowdy Yates in the television Western Rawhide (1959–1965). However, Eastwood’s career took a dramatic turn when he gained major attention for his appearances in a sequence of Italian-made “spaghetti” Westerns,
generation. Among the many films in which he has appeared are Unforgiven (1992), Seven (1995), Amistad (1997) Under Suspicion (2000), Batman Begins (2005), The Bucket List (2007), and The Dark Knight (2008). Freeman has often played characters, such as police and military officials, who are figures of authority; he even played God in the comedies Bruce Almighty (2003) and Evan Almighty (2007). He won a second Best Actor nomination for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), then won a Best Supporting