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      David Eldridge

Hollywood's History Films

In a cinema that has presented John Wayne interpreting Genghis Khan as a medieval gunslinger, the idea that Hollywood filmmakers have historical consciousness might seem strange. However, they do and they did in fascinating ways, which are revealed by David Eldridge in this innovative and detailed analysis of the film industry's use of history. Les mer
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In a cinema that has presented John Wayne interpreting Genghis Khan as a medieval gunslinger, the idea that Hollywood filmmakers have historical consciousness might seem strange. However, they do and they did in fascinating ways, which are revealed by David Eldridge in this innovative and detailed analysis of the film industry's use of history. Grounded in exceptional resources and rich in close readings of the films, "Hollywood's History Films" focuses on the 1950s when Hollywood's interest in the past was at its peak. It reconstructs how filmmakers understood their treatment of the past, suggesting why many of them saw their work as superior to that of professional historians. The book embraces movies as diverse as "The Ten Commandments", "Calamity Jane" and "The House of Wax", exploring the overlapping anxieties that encouraged an unprecedented turn to history, including the Cold War's ever-present nuclear threat, McCarthyism and the industry's fears about a haemorrhaging box office. In an environment shaped by such tensions, filmmakers were not ignorant of the facts, nor simply exercising dramatic license.
David Eldridge considers researchers, advisers and outside interference from proponents of particular versions of the past and uncovers the different - and limited - ways in which producers, directors and screenwriters were exposed to historical debates and ideas. Challenging reconceptions, his book helps us to understand just how and why Hollywood blurs the boundaries between fiction and historical reality.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9781845110611
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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Introduction * The Story of Mankind (how nuclear anxiety shaped the unprecedented scale of Hollywood's turn to history *  Economic History(how cycles and genres were affected by box-office returns, and the impact of the economic instability faced by the industry) * Thrill History (how historical settings were exploited in the development and promotion of widescreen and 3-dimensional processes) * Political History (how anticommunism and the Red Scare affected the presentation of the past) * Social History (how historical settings were used to comment on contemporary social problems, from civil rights to juvenile delinquency) * Researching History (how the 'research culture' of the industry offered limited challenges to the ways in which filmmakers thought about history) * Living History (how filmmakers were exposed to personal lives as contested and interpretative version of history) * Intellectual History (how Hollywood own image of itself as a purveyor of popular and relevant history evolved) * Conclusion
Introduction*The Story of Mankind (how nuclear anxiety shaped the unprecedented scale of Hollywood's turn to history)* Economic History(how cycles and genres were affected by box-office returns, and the impact of the economic instability faced by the industry)*Thrill History (how historical settings were exploited in the development and promotion of widescreen and 3-dimensional processes)*Political History (how anticommunism and the Red Scare affected the presentation of the past)*Social History (how historical settings were used to comment on contemporary social problems, from civil rights to juvenile delinquency)*Researching History (how the 'research culture' of the industry offered limited challenges to the ways in which filmmakers thought about history)*Living History (how filmmakers were exposed to personal lives as contested and interpretative version of history)*Intellectual History (how Hollywood own image of itself as a purveyor of popular and relevant history evolved)*Conclusion

David Eldridge is a Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hull. He has published on various subjects including the CIA's involvement in the film industry, and is the author of American Culture in the 1930s (forthcoming, 2007).