Australian Movies and the American Dream

Australian Movies and the American Dream

Australian Movies and the American Dream

Australian Movies and the American Dream

Synopsis

"This book is thorough, well organized, and useful. It establishes background on the Australian understanding of the American dream, Austalian photography, image, and subject matter, and American influence on Australian cinema. Brief chapters summarize film theory, applicable mass communication theory, and financial practices of the Australian motion picture industry." Choice ." . . presents an examination of major movies made in Australia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The author argues that part of the reason for the success of Australian cinema in recent years may lie with America's identification with a simpler culture, an almost wild west' atmosphere. To explore his thesis the author first offers a short history of the Australian cinema, and then a theory of film as mass communication." Communication Booknotes

Excerpt

This book is based on a course on postwar Australian movies I taught as a visiting exchange professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, in the Spring semester, 1986. In my judgement, midwesterners probably are more like Australians than any other Americans. They have slightly slower, more cautious and earnest attitudes than their New York and Los Angeles cousins, and they have a continuing belief in the moral value of hard work. Behind their initial reserve-also like Australians- they are extremely friendly and hospitable people. For a semester, I had the advantage of being able to try out some of the ideas in this book on a cross-section of bright, young midwesterners.

The book is meant to be a text for American and Australian film and media students, though it should also interest the general reader. Its main theme is that Australian movies have been indelibly shaped by a long period of cultural exchange with the United States. The first three chapters provide historical, theoretical, and commercial background to the Australian industry's growth, and make special reference to the U.S. connection. The book is not a study of the influence of American movies in Australia . . .

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