Hollywood's Image of the South: A Century of Southern Films

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Larry Langman, David Ebner
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - 232 páginas

From the 1920s and 1930s, when American cinema depicted the South as a demi-paradise populated by wealthy landowners, glamorous belles, and happy slaves, through later, more realistic depictions of the region in films based on works by Erskine Caldwell, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and Robert Penn Warren, Hollywood's view of the South has been as ever-changing as the place itself. This comprehensive reference guide to Southern films offers credits, plot descriptions, and analyses of how the stereotypes and characterizations in each film contribute to our understanding of a most contentious American time and place.

Organized by subjects including Economic Conditions, Plantation Life, The Ku Klux Klan, and The New Politics, Hollywood's Image of the South seeks to coin a new genre by describing its conventions and attitudes. Even so, the Southern film crosses all known generic boundaries, including the comedy, the women's film, the noir, and many others. This invaluable guide to an under-recognized category of American cinema illustrates how much there is to learn about a time and place from watching the movies that aim to capture it.

 

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Índice

Plantation Life and the Cotton Fields Back Home
1
Slaves and Slavery
9
Southern Aristocrats
19
Southern Belles
29
Economic Conditions
37
Political Conditions
47
Social Conditions
55
The Courtroom and Early Justice
67
Southern Decadence and Dark Shadows
107
Family Survival
121
Economics in the New South
133
The New Politics
147
New Social Conditions
157
Law and Order
171
Show Business Way Down South in Dixie
187
The Civil War
207

Reconstruction and the Carpetbaggers
79
The Ku Klux Klan
87
Discrimination
93
Feuds and Feuding
99
Bibliography
221
Title Index
225
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LARRY LANGMAN is the author of A Guide to Silent Westerns (Greenwood, 1992), A Guide to American Crime Films of the Forties and Fifties (Greenwood, 1995), and American Film Cycles: The Silent Era (Greenwood, 1998).

DAVID EBNER has taught mathematics and history on the university and secondary school levels and has published extensively in professional journals. His books include The Encyclopedia of American Spy Films.

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