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ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves$
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Matthew Carter and Andrew Nelson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403016

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403016.001.0001

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Changing Societies: The Red House, The Hanging Tree, Spencer’s Mountain, and Post-war America

Changing Societies: The Red House, The Hanging Tree, Spencer’s Mountain, and Post-war America

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(p.166) Chapter 8 Changing Societies: The Red House, The Hanging Tree, Spencer’s Mountain, and Post-war America
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ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves
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Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403016.003.0009

Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns argues that the clash between different cultures is a key element of the films of Delmer Daves. He offers a dialectical account of these cultural clashes, suggesting that Daves dramatises social progress by conceiving it as the passage from one social stage to another that supplants, in an act of improvement, the preceding one. Through analysis of three of his films from three different decades and representing three different genres – The Red House, The Hanging Tree, and Spencer’s Mountain – Berns demonstrates the sustained and consistent authorial concern that Daves felt for the betterment of society. What was required, Daves felt, was a community constantly willing to work to achieve social concord. In this regard, Berns’ analysis is one that is contextualised in America’s post-War years, representing a period in which hope was held out for a better society.

Keywords:   Culture, Society, Progress, Post-War America, Community

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