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The Roots of Modern Hollywood
Author: Nick Smedley

ISBN: 9781783203734
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31 October 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.5

Hollywood cinema is not usually thought of as politically or socially engaged. Unlike perceptions of European and other cinemas, Hollywood is often seen as offering escapist entertainment, rather than social commentary. Yet American cinema is one of the most value-laden of all national cinemas, often pondering the development of American democratic individualism and the balance between capitalism and liberalism. Since the era of the New Deal before and after the Second World War, American film-makers have contemplated how best to preserve the values of the Founding Fathers, a sense of individual self-fulfillment alongside a sense of community and collective endeavour.

In The Roots of Modern Hollywood, American cinema expert Nick Smedley shows how recent Hollywood film-makers have continued to debate the possibilities and limitations of liberalism in modern America, as well as America's international role as the leader of the democratic free world. Many of these film-makers owe a debt to the work of their illustrious forefathers from the Gol...

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