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Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies Hardcover – September 24, 2006

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"Anyone whose interests are in cinema and Florida would do well to experience Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies." -- Jeffrey E. Farance

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“Anyone whose interests are in cinema and Florida would do well to experience Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies.Jeffrey E. Farance, film critic and entertainment editor, Daytona Beach News-Journal
 
Florida has been the location and subject of hundreds of feature films, from Cocoanuts (1929) to Monster (2004). Portraying the state and its people from the silent era to the present, these films have explored the multitude of Florida images and clichés that have captured the public’s imagination—a nature lover’s paradise, a wildlife refuge, a tourist destination, home to the “cracker,” and a haven for the retired, the rich, the immigrant, and the criminal. Sunshine in the Dark is the first complete study of how the movie industry has immortalized Florida’s extraordinary scenery, characters, and history on celluloid.
            Historians Fernández and Ingalls have identified more than 300 films about Florida—many of them shot on location in the state—to analyze how filmmakers from the Marx Brothers and John Huston to Oliver Stone and Francis Ford Coppola have portrayed the state and its people. Prior to the 1960s, cinematic trips to Florida usually brought happy endings in movies like Moon Over Miami (1942), but since the 1970s, films like Scarface (1982) have emphasized the state’s menacing aspects.
            In the authors’ analysis of the films, which examines location settings, plotlines, and characters, they find a bevy of Florida stereotypes among the leading characters—from the struggling crackers in The Yearling (1946) to the drug-addicted con man in Adaptation (2002). Featuring more than 100 still photographs from movies, as well as filmographies by year and genre, the book is an encyclopedic resource for movie fans and anyone interested in Florida popular culture.
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (September 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813029902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813029900
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,160,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intelligent and humorous. A fun read and a must have for anyone who loves both films and Florida. As a transplant to Florida, I especially enjoyed the "Starting Over" chapter. I would highly recommend this book as a gift to all of your friends and relatives up north!
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I purchased this for my husband who is a Florida native and has an interest in film. Nice collection of information
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