Film & History

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, 2005

American Film: Musical Themes and Forms
Michael Dunne. American Film: Musical Themes and Forms. McFarland, 2004. 223 pages; $45.00.Unique InterpretationIn a different treatment of Hollywood films Michael Dunne presents an examination of themes that form the basis of musical narratives. Dunne's...
An Olympic Omnibus: International Competition, Cooperation, and Politics in Visions of Eight
BECAUSE the inauguration of the modern Olympic games-founded by social theorist and rénovateur Baron Pierre de Coubertin and held in Athens in 1896-roughly coincides with the birth of cinema, it should come as no surprise that the two served as mutually...
Bobby Jones, Golf, and His Instructional Reels
The 1920s has been called the Golden Age of American Sport; the decade produced some of the most respected, honored, and cherished sports heroes that Americans have ever seen. As veteran sports reporters Allison Danzig and Peter Brandwein noted in 1948,...
Dialogue, Nuance, and Subtlety Everyone's Depressed
Dialogue, Nuance, and Subtlety Everyone's DepressedAs a cinematic anomaly, the low-cost, bare-to-the-bones independent motion pictures-those shoestring screenplays generally put together with unknown actors and limited financial support-offer a wonderful...
"Down on the Floor and Give Me Ten Sit-Ups": British Sports Feature Film
IntroductionONE could be excused for thinking that the British sports feature film is, when compared to those produced in Hollywood, something of a new, fledgling genre especially given the rather scant focus and attention afforded to it by academics,...
Fighting for Manhood: Rocky and Turn-of-the-Century Antimodernism
SYLVESTER Stallone's Rocky, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1976, not only began one of Hollywood's most lucrative and recognizable film "franchises;" it began a battle of interpretation over the film's meaning. The iconic rise of the...
Hick Flicks: The Rise and Fall of Redneck Cinema
Scott Von Doviak. Hick Flicks: The Rise and Fall of Redneck Cinema. McFarland, 2005. 222 pages; $35.00.Deep in the Appalachian WoodsIn film studies, 1970's American cinema is an important and groundbreaking period that has been studied and analyzed by...
Hoops: Escape or Illusion? A Review Essay
Hoops: Escape or Illusion? A Review EssayJohn Edgar Wideman, in his work Hoop Roots, articulates the need he had for basketball in the poverty-stricken neighborhood where he grew up when he tells the reader that:Growing up, I needed basketball because...
"Just Some Bum from the Neighborhood": The Resolution of Post-Civil Rights Tension and Heavyweight Public Sphere Discourse in Rocky (1976)
THE endurance of the motion picture Rocky, the 1976 Oscar winner for Best Picture, has recently been reaffirmed in 21st century popular culture. Its 25th anniversary rerelease in 2001 and the accompanying publicity in high profile entertainment magazines...
Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson
Alan L. Gansberg. Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson. Scarecrow Press, 2004. 305 pages; $29.95.Bright HopeWhen Edward G. Robinson appeared in Confessions of a Nazi Spy in 1939, he was dramatising on film the liberal values that he expressed...
Michael Moore: Cinematic Historian or Propagandist? A Historians Film Committee Panel Presented at the 2005 American Historical Association Meeting
Introduction: Historians on Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9/11JOHN E. O'CONNOR, CO-FOUNDER OF FILM & HISTORY New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers UniversityAT the American Historical Association meeting in Seattle in January 2005 the Historians...
Movie Moguls Speak: Interviews with Top Film Producers
Steven Priggé. Movie Moguls Speak: Interviews with Top Film Producers. McFarland, 2005. 231 pages; $39.95.Unsung HeroesSteven Priggé asked sixteen different film personalities the same question: "What do you do as a producer?" In one interview, Scott...
Musical Biography and Film: John Tibbetts Interviewed by Jim Welsh
Prologue: This interview marks the publication of Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography, just published by Yale University Press, written by John C. Tibbetts of the University of Kansas. Dr. Tibbetts was interviewed by Jim Welsh for Film...
Oliver Stone's Alexander Warner Bros. and Intermedia Films (2004)
Oliver Stone's Alexander Warner Bros. And Intermedia Films (2004)There are very few films in which a historian appears, and this film has two. One is the historical consultant Robin Lane Fox (he rides in the cavalry charge at Gaugamela [331 BCE], courtesy...
Pervert in the Pulpit: Morality in the Works of David Lynch
Jeff Johnson. Pervert in the Pulpit: Morality in the Works of David Lynch. McFarland, 2004. 186 pages; $32.00.Cinematic MessiahIt all began with a love affair. In 1986, when Jeff Johnson was a university teacher in Melbourne, Florida, he became fascinated...
Policing Cinema: Movies and Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century America
Lee Grieveson. Policing Cinema: Movies and Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century America. University of California Press, 2004. 361 pages; $60.00.Seminal WorkWhen one is barraged daily with media coverage (some critics use the term "media circus") of...
Product Placement in Hollywood Films: A History
Kerry Segrave. Product Placement in Hollywood Films: A History. McFarland, 2004. 244 pages, $39.95.Twilight ZoneAs with so many things in modern Hollywood films, the trend began with Steven Spielberg. In 1982, when the director was preparing E.T., he...
Reelpolitik: Political Ideologies in '30S and '40S Films/Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50S and '60S Films
Beverly Merrill Kelly. Reelpolitik: Political Ideologies in '30s and '40s Films. Praeger, 1998. 194 pages; $22.95.Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films. Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. 284 pages; $27.95.Author Beverly Merrill Kelly,...
Roy Ward Baker
Geoff Mayer. Roy Ward Baker. Manchester University Press, 2004. 224 pages; $74.95.Artistic StallingRoy Ward Baker's career as a major film director was scuppered by a combination of the bone headedness of the Rank Organisation and a pair of black leather...
Sports in Film, Television, and History: Introduction
This second and final issue of Film & History dealing with sport and film demonstrates the outstanding quality of scholarship in the field. Our first issue focused primarily upon American sport, while the essays contained in this volume place sport...
Stars and Stripes on Screen: A Comprehensive Guide to Portrayals of American Military on Film
Lawrence H. Suid and Dolores A. Haverstick. Stars and Stripes on Screen: A Comprehensive Guide to Portrayals of American Military on Film. Scarecrow Press, 2005. 419 pages; $45.00 paper.The War GenreAs a preeminent military-film historian, Dr. Larry...
Tell Them Who You Are (Dir. Mark Wexler, 2004)
Tell Them Who You Are (dir. Mark Wexler, 2004)Fathers and sons. The epic struggle between these two family members is an age-old story. Throughout history many fathers have tried to guide and shape their sons' lives while their "rebellious" sons try...
The Boxing Filmography: American Features, 1920-2003
Frederick V. Romano. The Boxing Filmography: American Features, 1920-2003. McFarland, 2004. 240 pages; $39.95.Brutal SportAlthough sometimes referred to as the "sweet science," boxing is a brutal sport, which, nonetheless, enjoys considerable popularity...
The Editor's Reflections and Reports
We of Film & History have been busy since the last issue of the journal and here are some of the highlights of the past few months.This is the second issue of Film & History to complete our focus on Sports in Film. The topic has brought to our...
The 'Loneliness' of the Angry Young Sportsman
IntroductionThe war between the classes has never been joined in British films as openly as it was this week. In the forties the working class were idiom-talking idiots, loyal or baleful. In the fifties they grew rightly articulate and angry. Now we...
"What's Natural about It?": A Baseball Movie as Introduction to Key Concepts in Cultural Studies
AS a Cultural Studies professor at an Ontario community college, I am frequently presented with the challenge of introducing students to the ways in which they might critically engage with popular culture. Since most of these students have been through...
With All Due Retrospect: The Essential Harold Lloyd
With All Due Retrospect: The Essential Harold LloydIn our collective American psyche, we aspire to the twin ambitions of being spiritually connected to the natural world and of whirling with impunity through the sharp angles of a big city. We drive rugged...