Projecting Politics : Political Messages in American Films
This fascinating work examines in detail the relationship between American politics and films, from Birth of a Nation to Fahrenheit 9/11. It provides a decade-by-decade survey of politics and films of all types - comedies and dramas to biographies and documentaries - as well as a helpful framework that students and general readers can use to analyze the political content of films. The book also features an examination of film techniques as they relate to political films, an exploration of the effects of real-world politics on Hollywood, and a practical guide to writing film analysis, as well as a guide to web-based film resources and an extensive "Political Filmography." Throughout the book, the authors emphasize both the political messages transmitted through films and the political values that are reflected in them.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 148 x 228 x 22mm | 521.64g
- 18 Jul 2005
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
- halftones, bibliography, references, index
Table of contents
Acknowledgments; Preface; Part One: Studying Political Films; 1. Setting the Scene: A Theory of Film and Politics; 2. The Making of a Message: Film Production and Techniques and Political Messages; 3. Causes and Special Effects: The Political Environment of Film; Part Two: Political Films by Decade; 4. Politics in the Silent Movies; 5. The 1930s: Political Movies and the Great Depression; 6. The 1940s: Hollywood Goes to War; 7. The 1950s: Anti-Communism and Conformity; 8. The 1960s: From Mainstream to Counterculture; 9. The 1970s: Cynicism, Paranoia, War and Anti-Capitalism; 10. The 1980s: New Patriotism, Old Reds, and a Return to Vietnam in the Age of Reagan; 11. The 1990s and Beyond 9/11; Part Three: Political Films by Topic; 12. True Lies? The Rise of Political Documentaries; 13. Film and the Politics of Race: The Minority Report; 14. Women, Politics and Film: All About Eve? 15. Afterword; Appendices; Appendix 1. An Outtake: A Guide for the Political Analysis of Movies; Appendix 2: The Net: A Brief Guide to Web-based Film Resources; Appendix 3: Closing Credits: A Political Filmography; Appendix 4: The Bottom Line: Film Domestic Gross Receipts by Decade