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Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood

With its sprawling celebrity homes, the Walk of Fame, and the iconic sign on the hill, Hollywood is truly the land of stars. Glamorous and larger than life, many of the most memorable motion pictures of all time have emanated from its multimillion-dollar film industry, which exports more films per capita than that of any other nation.

Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood lays out the cinematic history of Tinseltown—the industry, the audiences, and, of course, the stars—highlighting important thematic and cultural elements throughout. Profiles and analyses of many of the industry’s most talented and prolific directors give insights into their impact on Hollywood and beyond. A slate of blockbuster successes—and notable flops—are here discussed, providing insight into the ever-shifting aesthetic of Hollywood’s enormous global audience.

User-friendly and concise yet containing an astonishing amount of information, Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood shows how truly indispensable the Hollywood film industry is and provides a fascinating account of its cultural and artistic significance as it marks its centennial.

302 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 10 | © 2011

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"An attractive collection beyond the critical dissection of many of American cinema’s best-loved films. A coffee-table paperback, it includes a wealth of gorgeous production stills and other photographs in both glossy color and black and white. . . . Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood is a fine addition to the series."—Pop Matters

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Table of Contents

Introduction by the Editor

Hollywood: A History?
The Hollywood Film Industry
     Clint Eastwood
     John Ford
     DW Griffith
     Steven Spielberg
Crime Film
Science Fiction
Historical Films
War Films

Recommended Reading
Online Resources
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors

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