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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2010
This book is full of great information about film and it's history but not in a dated way. There are a ton of case studies of various types of films new and old that help shed some light on the film and get you thinking about it more deeply and not just as entertainment or "I liked or didn't like it". I think the case studeis are the parts I like best and the glossary and index and very easy to read. There are a lot of good pictures of celebrities and scenes from films in the book and many are from the authors own personal collection. The authors explain the new terms clearly and the information is very revelent to anyone who has anything to do with the media. Be it you love watching movies, are a film major, or a culture buff. It's a good read for anyone doesn't seem like a typical textbook. I will be keeping it! America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies, Second Edition
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book seems most relevant when viewed as a sociology text than as a film text. The authors provide many good examples of films where images of race, class and gender are portrayed in support of what the authors call the "dominant ideology". They are very critical of Hollywood, taking the film industry to task for the many ways it has irresponsibly and carelessly used its power in film as well as the way it treated actors and employees.

However, this isn't a particularly enjoyable book to read. The book is from the viewpoint of the authors and few references cited as external support. There's a seemingly endless supply of example films, but no discussion with actual directors, writers or actors. What is *their* opinion and experiences? You know, the people who worked for these bloodsucking, sexist, racist and abusive studios? Furthermore, while I don't have a problem with using Sigmund Freud's work in either a crediting or discrediting role (the book does both), I would much rather see analysis from contemporary researchers and professionals. Citing Freud when applicable to films or views in his time is appropriate; citing him for a modern or clinical definition of fetishization seems inappropriate considering Freud's reputation for being occasionally wrong, nuts, or both.

With a little less dryness, fresher approaches and more supporting examples, this could be an outstanding work. As it stands right now, it's more like a highly polished version of someone's thesis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2013
The book was in great condition and was definitely more affordable from this seller than it would have been to buy it from my school bookstore. Only complaint was that it took forever for the book to come and I needed it rather early on in the class for discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
Very easy to read material. Very full of important key points of the film industry. I would recommend this book to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
This book was required for a course that I was taking. It turned out to be an interesting book worth reading.
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on December 9, 2014
While it has some useful basic information, this textbook tends to overuse certain points whilst ignoring others, which makes it feel as if it were written to specifically bash the points mentioned.
The book also tends to have a pretentious tone, and the overuse of parenthetical remarks make the book hard to read.

In short, the book is very repetitive which may aid some people, but it's just not my cup of tea.
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on July 13, 2014
Rather simple and basic at points but a decent intro text.
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on November 8, 2012
The book is really very interesting! It's very didactic, it makes difficult concepts easy to understand. Besides the film critiques are great!! They make you become aware of things you hadn't noticed when watching the film. I'm VERY happy with it. Amazon delivery service was also impeccable!!
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on July 2, 2012
The book wasn't shipped that long ago, which is why I was surprised about how quickly I received it! It was a bit more used than I expected but since I'm not a fine book collector, it doesn't really matter to me, as I'm only using it for a semester! Thanks. :)
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on September 12, 2014
I like it but I did find that the cover was cut with what looks like a scissors cut. Other than that the book is perfect for a "Used" book.
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