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American History and Contemporary Hollywood Film

Trevor McCrisken and Andrew Pepper


Hollywood has a growing fascination with America's past. This is evidenced in the release of a rash of films of this genre in the past twenty-five years. This book offers an analysis of how and why contemporary Hollywood films have sought to mediate American history. It explores, comprehensively, the post-Cold War period of filmmaking, and considers whether or how far contemporary films have begun to unravel the unifying myths of earlier films and periods. The book also considers why such films are becoming increasingly integral to the ambitions of a globally focused American film industry. Th ... More

Keywords: Hollywood films, history, filmmaking, film industry, identity politics, world affairs, globalisation, myths, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748614899
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trevor McCrisken, author

Andrew Pepper, author