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The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960-2000

The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960–2000 combines digital cartography with close readings of representative films from 1960 to 2000. Christian B. Long offers a unique history of twentieth century Hollywood narrative cinema, one that is focused on the intersection of the geographies of narrative location, production, consumption, and taste in the era before the rise of digital cinema. Long redraws the boundaries of film history, both literally and figuratively, by cataloging films’ narrative locations on digital maps in order to illustrate where Hollywood actually locates its narratives over time.

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License and is part of Knowledge Unlatched.

300 pages | 16 color plates, 54 halftones | 7 x 9

Film Studies

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"The book sits well alongside other recent monographs of US cinema’s spatial politics. . . . Long brilliantly connects spatial content (and spatial politics) to wider shifting trends and industrial developments, revealing with clarity the tight interrelationship between dominant modes of filmmaking and the spaces that are being put on-screen. . . . He certainly succeeds in demonstrating that location is ‘an under-explored and powerful explanatory force’ shaping both the themes and the underlying ideologies of particular film texts and of the industry more generally. . . . This book does a great deal of useful work in rendering visible such absences and encouraging us to look for more."

European Journal of American Culture

"Long’s way of posing spatial questions about film is both stylistically and conceptually incisive. He puts his book’s research interest in a nutshell when asking ‘what – or better yet, exactly where – 'America' means in Hollywood cinema’ (p. 12, emphasis in original). In answering this question, The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema offers to expand the geographical horizon of what readers perceive as American film and as America on film."

Elisa Jochum | Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

Table of Contents

Images and Maps
Introduction: Where is Hollywood Cinema?
Chapter 1 Burt Reynolds Brings the New South to Hollywood
Chapter 2 New Hollywood, the Contemporary Midwest, and Collective Action
Chapter 3 Getting Around the Suburbs in the Blockbuster Era’s Big Hits
Colour Maps
Chapter 4 Politics for Couch Potatoes: Video Rental Success Stories
Chapter 5 Imagining More for Medium-Sized Cities, 1975-2000
Chapter 6 It’s Not Such a Small World After All: Disney Live Action Films in the 1960s
Conclusion: Where Isn’t Hollywood Cinema?

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