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DAVID BURNER <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Dec 1993 19:13:36 EST
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An excellent new twentieth-century anthology of secondary and primary source
articles on specific films, genres, censorship, and so on has just been
published, edited by Steve Mintz (Univ of Houston) and Randy Roberts (Purdue).
It is entitled HOLLYWOOD'S AMERICA, runs to nearly 400 pages, and sells for a
very reasonable retail of $16.95.  It appears to go just about as well with
the U.S. second semester survey as with courses on twentieth-century American
film.  Review copies can be obtained by calling Brandywine [sic] Press at
Contents include a long introductory history of American film, and a long,
long bibliography on American film history.  Some but not all of the pieces
are, in addition to the normal paraphernalia of introductions and headnotes,
Kay Sloan on silent film, John Hope Franklin on THE BIRTH OF A NATION,
Charles Musser on silent comedy, Larry May on Fairbanks and Pickford,
Maury Klein on the Depression, Roffman and Purdy on the gangsters genre,
Thomas Pauly on GONE WITH THE WIND and THE GRAPES OF WRATH; Thomas Cripps
on portrayals of African Americans in film, Koppes and Black on the Office
of War Information, Randy Roberts on CASABLANCA, June Sochen on MILDRED
PIERCE, Charles Higham on the beautiful historical scenes in AMBERSONS,
materials on film noir and DOUBLE INDEMNITY, Roffman and Purdy on HUAC,
Lois Banner on SUNSET BOULEVARD, Kenneth Hey about ON THE WATERFRONT;
Stuart Samuels on INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; Richard Slotkin on
Westerns, Charles Maland on DR. STRANGELOVE, Ryan and Kellner on films
of the late 60s and early 70s, Daniel Leab on ROCKY, Jim Olson on Vietnam
war movies, William Palmer on films of the 1980s.  ALSO there are a couple
dozen documents on propaganda, rating systems, court cases, and so on.
I've used films of this sort very successfully for years both in my
general U.S. survey courses (where both my attendance and course evalua-
tions shot up after doing so) as well as a specialized classic American
film class.