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Reconstructing American Historical CinemaFrom Cimarron to Citizen Kane$
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J.E. Smyth

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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From Land of Liberty to the Decline and Fall of Citizen Kane

From Land of Liberty to the Decline and Fall of Citizen Kane

(p.307) Conclusion From Land of Liberty to the Decline and Fall of Citizen Kane
Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

J.E. Smyth

University Press of Kentucky

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the filmic writing of American history in Hollywood films. The findings reveal that Hollywood filmmakers had helped create a powerful historical legacy and for more than a decade they proved that films could argue complex historical perspectives and question the formulas of traditional American history and biography. This chapter also discusses the retrospective America historical films Land of Liberty and Citizen Kane.

Keywords:   filmic writing, American history, Hollywood films, Land of Liberty, Citizen Kane

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