Bigger Than Blockbusters: Movies That Defined America by James Roman

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Whether it is the hum drum lifestyles of Marion Crane and her illicit love affair, the psychotic antics of Norman Bates, the unexpected irrational migration of birds, a crop duster swooping down on Roger Thornhill in the midst of nowhere, or Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace's unforgettable dance at Jack Rabbit SliM&Apos;s - they're all cinematic moments that endlessly replaced the psyche and viewing event of yankee audiences. Bigger Than Blockbusters: videos That outlined America tells the tales at the back of the main major and influential motion pictures in American tradition, video clips that experience had a profound effect at the literary, cinematic and pop culture of our time.

Arranged chronologically, the amount offers readers a chance to put the flicks in the context of the social and cultural historical dynamic of the time, making this a terrific resource for scholar papers and studies. each one access contains the filmmaker, actors, free up details, a synopsis of the movie, critics' experiences, awards, present availability, after which history at the making of the movie in an inventive, monetary, and technological context. Spanning all genres, together with horror and drama, experience, comedy, musicals, technological know-how fiction, and extra, this quantity is loaded with adequate trivialities and factoids to meet even the main die-hard motion picture buff. additionally integrated are different maximum movies compilations from the nationwide Society of movie Critics and memorable assets for comparative reasons. certain to encourage forays into movie favorites in addition to a few very vigorous debate, this source is key interpreting for movie enthusiasts and scholars alike.

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Ford’s Stagecoach is a stylistic adventure within a gradually unfolding interpersonal dynamic. Painted on a cinematic canvas of rich visual splendor, the vast prairie of Monument Valley takes on a personality of its own and provides a spirited counterpoint to the challenges the characters face. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Victor Fleming (director), Mervyn LeRoy (producer) WRITER(S): Noel Langley (screenplay, adaptation), Florence Ryerson (screenplay), Edgar Allan Woolf (screenplay), L.

As the final script editor, Yip Harburg wrote a great deal of the dialogue, the prologue to the songs, and even visualized some of the routines, although he never received a screenwriting credit. There has been a great deal of speculation about the symbolism in the film. Some scholars have noted that the theme of returning home reflects America’s turn toward isolationism in lieu of facing the rise of totalitarianism and the turbulence in Europe. To that end, democracy is represented by the Good Witch of the North and the Wizard of Oz while totalitarianism is symbolized by the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wicked Witch of the West.

She is upset that he hasn’t contacted her in the year since his escape. She pleads with him, but he must go. ” And then vanishes. Robert Burns did escape a second time and was found in Newark, New Jersey, whose governor refused to extradite him. Eventually he was pardoned. This movie, along with the book, created a national scandal over the corrupt and abusive Georgia chain gangs, and served as a catalyst for their eventual demise. It also served as a reference for later films with similar themes, including The Defiant Ones (1958), Cool Hand Luke (1967), and O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000), and for the ABC network series The Fugitive.

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