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American Film History: Selected Readings, 1960 to the Present



American Film History: Selected Readings, 1960 to the Present

Cynthia Lucia (Editor), Roy Grundmann (Editor), Art Simon (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-47500-3 June 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 520 Pages

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From the American underground film to the blockbuster superhero, this authoritative collection of introductory and specialized readings explores the core issues and developments in American cinematic history during the second half of the twentieth-century through the present day.
  • Considers essential subjects that have shaped the American film industry—from the impact of television and CGI to the rise of independent and underground film; from the impact of the civil rights, feminist and LGBT movements to that of 9/11.
  • Features a student-friendly structure dividing coverage into the periods 1960-1975, 1976-1990, and 1991 to the present day, each of which opens with an historical overview
  • Brings together a rich and varied selection of contributions by established film scholars, combining broad historical, social, and political contexts with detailed analysis of individual films, including Midnight Cowboy, Nashville, Cat BallouChicago, Back to the FutureKiller of SheepDaughters of the Dust, Nothing But a ManAli, Easy Rider, The Conversation, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Longtime CompanionThe Matrix, The War Tapes, the Batman films, and selected avant-garde and documentary films, among many others.
  • Additional online resources, such as sample syllabi, which include suggested readings and filmographies, for both general and specialized courses, will be available online.
  • May be used alongside American Film History: Selected Readings, Origins to 1960 to provide an authoritative study of American cinema from its earliest days through the new millennium

Volume II: 1960 to the Present

Acknowledgments xii

Preface xiii

Part I 1960–1975

1 Setting the Stage: American Film History, 1960–1975 3

Notes 21

References 21

2 Adults Only: Low-Budget Exploitation 23
Eric Schaefer

Note 35

References 35

3 Black Representation in Independent Cinema: From Civil Rights to Black Power 37
Alex Lykidis

Notes 52

References 54

4 Cinema Direct and Indirect: American Documentary, 1960–1975 56
Charles Warren

Notes 70

References 70

5 Comedy and the Dismantling of the Hollywood Western 72
Teresa Podlesney

Note 86

References 86

6 The New Hollywood 87
Derek Nystrom

Notes 103

References 103

7 “One Big Lousy X”: The Cinema of Urban Crisis 105
Art Simon

References 118

8 Nashville: Putting on the Show: Or, Paradoxes of the “Instant” and the “Moment” 120
Thomas Elsaesser

Notes 131

References 132

9 Cinema and the Age of Television, 1946–1975 134
Michele Hilmes

Notes 146

References 146

Part II 1976–1990

10 Setting the Stage: American Film History, 1976–1990 151

Notes 173

References 173

11 Seismic Shifts in the American Film Industry 175
Thomas Schatz

Notes 188

References 188

12 Independent Film: 1980s to the Present 190
Geoff King

References 204

13 Reclaiming the Black Family: Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, and the “L.A. Rebellion” 205
Janet K. Cutler

Notes 218

References 221

14 Feminism, Cinema, and Film Criticism 223
Lucy Fischer

References 238

15 American Avant-Garde Cinema from 1970 to the Present 241
Scott MacDonald

Note 258

References 258

16 A Reintroduction to the American Horror Film 259
Adam Lowenstein

Note 274

References 274

17 Back to the Future: Hollywood and Reagan’s America 275
Susan Jeffords

References 285

18 “Stayin’ Alive”: The Post-Studio Hollywood Musical 286
Karen Backstein

Notes 301

References 302

Part III 1991 to the Present

19 Setting the Stage: American Film History, 1991 to the Present 307

Notes 329

References 329

20 The Queer 1990s: The Challenge and Failure of Radical Change 330
Michael Bronski

Notes 344

References 346

21 24/7: Cable Television, Hollywood, and the Narrative Feature Film 347
Barbara Klinger

Notes 360

References 360

22 Plasmatics and Prisons: The Morph and the Spectacular Emergence of CGI 362
Kristen Whissel

References 375

23 Mainstream Documentary since 1999 376
Patricia Aufderheide

References 391

24 Truthiness Is Stranger than Fictition: The “New Biopic” 393
Michael Sicinski

Notes 407

25 “Asia” as Global Hollywood Commodity 408
Kenneth Chan

Notes 421

References 422

26 The Blockbuster Superhero 423
Bart Beaty

Notes 437

References 437

27 Limited Engagement: The Iraq War on Film 438
Susan L. Carruthers

Notes 453

References 453

28 The Biggest Independent Pictures Ever Made: Industrial Reflexivity Today 454
J. D. Connor

Notes 468

References 469

29 Writing American Film History 471
Robert Sklar

References 481

Index 483

Preface to the Syllabi
Sample Syllabi