Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane (Paperback)
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Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 09/07/2009
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This volume is the first comprehensive and in-depth history of Kentucky during the first half of the 20th century. State Historian James C. Klotter examines in depth not only the people and their lives but also the state's economy, educational system, cultural activities, politics, and folkways. He demonstrates how, enduring images and stereotypes developed that have shaped the state's progress throughout the century. In his view, the first half of the century were years of unrealized promises and failed dreams. Yet amid poverty there was plenty; along with educational weaknesses were cultural strengths; beside partisanship there was leadership. "This is an account of what happened in Kentucky and to Kentucky," Klotter writes. "It focuses on the process and the possibility of change, and how the people sought to adjust and to balance the positives of their past with the promises of their future. To know better what happened between 1900 and 1950 requires a study of not only the formal actions taken, but also the irony of actions, the presence of paradoxes, and the quieter things that shaped the state's character, its essence, its heart and its soul." A landmark in historical writing about the state, Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox is complemented by more than one hundred photographs and illustrations. Published by the Kentucky Historical Society and distributed by the University Press of Kentucky.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813192390
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

""A scrupulously researched discusson of historical films produced by Hollywood from 1931 to 1942. In treating Westerns, gangster films, Civil War films, and various kinds of biopics, she brings to the discussion a treasure trove of production materials that show how far from thoughtless these films really are. Smyth stakes out new critical territory. Essential." --Choice" --


""Although Hollywood is noted for its formulaic filmmaking, Smyth argues that serious historical treatment is evident in different genres. Her endorsement of certain films as honest reflections of the American past will pique readers' interest."--Library Journal" --


""Smyth provides a rich context for the industry's commitment to American history by examining past production records and scripts."--Choice" --


""J.E. Smyth's book is a controversial, innovative, and meticulously researched text that reconfigures time-worn conceptions of what constitutes history on and in cinema."--American Historical Review" --


""Smyth provides a fascinating history of a Hollywood when producers, more than directors, controlled the texture of American film."--Film Quarterly" --


""Smyth...takes a unique approach, uniting the study of popular and academic historical writing, historical fiction, and screenwriting, to provide a rich context for the movie industry's commitment to American history while investigating the rarely discussed production records and scripts from studio archives." --University of Kentucky News" --


""...This is an excellent book. It serves as an important challenge to traditional readings of classical Hollywood, to traditional understanding of American historiography, and to those theories of 'film and history' that are rapidly becoming traditionalized."--Nicholas Witham, Screening the Past" --

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