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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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The Return of Our Epic America, 1938–1941

The Return of Our Epic America, 1938–1941

(p.115) 4 The Return of Our Epic America, 1938–1941
Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

J.E. Smyth

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the trend in historical filmmaking in the U.S during the period from 1938 to 1941. This period represents a return of the film industry to epic America. Some of the most notable films produced and released during this period include Stagecoach, directed by John and written by Dudley Nichols, Jesse James, directed by Henry King and written by Nunnaly Johnson and Union Pacific, directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Keywords:   historical films, U.S., epic America, Stagecoach, John Ford, Jesse James, Henry King, Union Pacific, Cecil B. DeMille, filmmaking

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