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dc.contributor.authorSymmons, Tom
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-14T14:45:55Z
dc.date.available2015-09-14T14:45:55Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationSymmons, T. 2013. The Historical Film in the Era of New Hollywood, 1967-1980. Queen Mary University of London.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/8630
dc.descriptionPhDen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is the first sustained analysis of historical films made in the New Hollywood era (1967-80). It explores the mediation of the era’s social, cultural and ideological concerns in feature films that represent key periods in American history. The terms New Hollywood and the historical film are utilised with revisionist aims. As well as considering the new wave of ‘auteur’ cinema synonymous with the New Hollywood, the thesis demonstrates the diverse range of films produced in this era. Similarly, it rejects the boundary drawing practiced by many studies of history and film, and submits that any film set in the past can be used to explore the values, assumptions and ideological conflicts of the present. Furthermore, the thesis contends that analysis of historical films allows us to understand how audiences of a given period engage with the past in emotional, moral and aesthetic terms. The method and approach of this research is robust and wide reaching, providing evidence based analysis of each film’s production and reception, as well as close readings of individual texts. The primary sources utilised include production files, draft screenplays, film reviews, press interviews and other forms of publicity. The vast majority of new Hollywood historical films are set in the recent past, and the six case studies undertaken in this thesis include a broad section of the era’s significant historical films: The Day of the Locust (1975), a drama centred on 1930s Hollywood; Sounder (1972), a story of Depression-era African American sharecroppers in the deep South; The Dirty Dozen (1967), a Second World War combat drama; The Way We Were (1973), a romantic film bridging the radical 1930s and the McCarthy ‘witchhunts’ of the 1950s; and American Graffiti (1973) and Grease (1978), which look back on the early rock and roll era of the late 1950s and early 1960s with nostalgia.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipArts and Humanities Research Councilen_US
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dc.publisherQueen Mary University of Londonen_US
dc.relationThe copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author
dc.subjectFilmen_US
dc.subjectAmerican filmen_US
dc.titleThe Historical Film in the Era of New Hollywood, 1967-1980.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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