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Movies in American History [3 volumes]: An Encyclopedia Hardcover – June 17, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1598842968 ISBN-10: 159884296X

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  • Hardcover: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159884296X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598842968
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,155,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Provides an exhaustive history of American cinema from the late 19th century to the present

• Explores film in relation to societal issues of race, gender, and class

• Gathers extensive, diverse discussions of movie genres in a single reference text

• Contains materials comprehensive and specific enough for cinema students while also being accessible to readers without a cinema studies background

• Provides 450 A–Z entries that comprehensively cover the historical significance of subjects, people, and films of the American cinema

• Contains contributions from 150 distinguished interdisciplinary scholars offering their analysis on the role of movies in American history

• Includes reference materials and suggestions for further reading with every entry

"With its particular context, and with contributors coming from a variety of backgrounds, including history, religion, science, and politics as well as film, this resource offers an interesting angle on the study of film. Recommended for large public libraries and for college libraries supporting film and popularculture programs."



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From Birth of a Nation to Bonnie and Clyde. From The Graduate to Risky BusinesS≪/i>. Throughout American history, movies have engaged us, portrayed our society, and reflected the vibrancy of popular culture. Film is more than mere entertainment; it showcases and explores who we are, what we want, and what we believe.

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My sister and I are lifelong film lovers but we have always had a difficult time finding books that provide a comprehensive history of films of all different genres and from all different eras. Philip DiMare's encyclopedia provided just what we needed. We use it not only as a guide for "must watch" films, but also as a historical reference book. Film is an integral part of America's history and this book perfectly describes the relevance of each film spotlighted and why we as modern film viewers should still care about it. The encyclopedias have plenty of beautiful illustrations, too. Don't wait to take a film class to read these books; they're enjoyable at any time!
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