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Reconstructing American Historical Cinema
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Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

J.E. Smyth

Abstract

This book departs from the traditional understanding of the relationship between film and history. By looking at production records, scripts, and contemporary reviews, the book argues that certain classical Hollywood filmmakers were actively engaged in a self-conscious and often critical filmic writing of national history. This volume is a reassessment of American historiography and cinematic historians from the advent of sound to the beginning of wartime film production in 1942. Focusing on key films such as Cimarron (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), Scarface (1932), Ramona (1936), A Star Is B ... More

Keywords: film and history, Hollywood, filmmakers, national history, historical fiction, academic historiography, journalism, American history, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780813124063
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.001.0001

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J.E. Smyth, author

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