Screen Decades: American Culture/America

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Screen Decades Complete 11 Volume Set

American Cinema from the 1890s to the 2000s

Rutgers University Press

The Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema series is now available as an eleven-volume set: American Cinema from the 1890s to the 2000s. Each volume presents a group of original essays analyzing the impact of cultural issues on the cinema and the impact of the cinema on society. Every chapter explores a spectrum of particularly significant motion pictures and the broad range of historical events to provide a continuing sense of the decade as it came to be depicted on movie screens across the nation.

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American Cinema of the 2000s

Themes and Variations

Rutgers University Press

The decade from 2000 to 2009 is framed, at one end, by the traumatic catastrophe of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and, at the other, by the election of the first African-American president of the United States. In between, the U.S. and the world witnessed the rapid expansion of new media and the Internet, such natural disasters as Hurricane Katrina, uprisings around the world, and a massive meltdown of world economies. In American Cinema of the 2000s, essays from ten top film scholars examine such popular series as the groundbreaking Matrix films and the gripping adventures of former CIA covert operative Jason Bourne; new, offbeat films like Juno; and the resurgence of documentaries like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11

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American Cinema of the 1910s

Themes and Variations

Edited by Charlie Keil and Ben Singer
Rutgers University Press

The essays in American Cinema of the 1910s explore the rapid developments of the decade that began with D. W. Griffith's unrivaled one-reelers. By mid-decade, multi-reel feature films were profoundly reshaping the industry and deluxe theaters were built to attract the broadest possible audience. Stars like Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks became vitally important and companies began writing high-profile contracts to secure them. With the outbreak of World War I, the political, economic, and industrial groundwork was laid for American cinema's global dominance. By the end of the decade, filmmaking had become a true industry, complete with vertical integration, efficient specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory agencies.

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