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Hollywood Genres and Postwar America: Masculinity, Family and Nation in Popular Movies and Film Noir

Hollywood Genres and Postwar America: Masculinity, Family and Nation in Popular Movies and Film Noir
Mike Chopra-Gant

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This is a clear and engrossing account of how popular films in America just after the close of the Second World War played out America's mood at that crucial time. It is also a revisionist challenge to received scholarly understanding of this mood, which has tended to be seen as characterized by an abiding pessimism most clearly manifested in the films noir of the period. Chopra-Gant makes here an important contribution to film genre, which proposes that the 'noir and Zeitgeist' reading is based on the retrospective promotion of selected movies. He turns to the top box office successes of the period, including "Best Years of our Lives", "The Jolson Story" and "Two Years Before the Mast", finding that these films emphasise rather the triumph of American beliefs in democracy, classlessness and individualism. They deploy positive, performative masculinities and the pleasures of male friendships and celebrate the traditional American family, while recognising the problems of 'momism' and absent fathers.

Author Info

Mike Chopra-Gant is Lecturer in Cultural Studies, London Metropolitan University

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Cinema and Society

Paperback
ISBN: 9781850438380
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2005
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: illustrations

Hardback
ISBN: 9781850438151
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2005
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: illustrations

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