Australian Movies And The American Dream

Hardcover | November 1, 1987

byGlen Lewis

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"This book is thorough, well organized, and useful. It establishes background on the Australian understanding of the American dream, Austalian photography, image, and subject matter, and American influence on Australian cinema. Brief chapters summarize film theory, applicable mass communication theory, and financial practices of the Australian motion picture industry." Choice ." . . presents an examination of major movies made in Australia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The author argues that part of the reason for the success of Australian cinema in recent years may lie with America's identification with a simpler culture, an almost wild west' atmosphere. To explore his thesis the author first offers a short history of the Australian cinema, and then a theory of film as mass communication." Communication Booknotes

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"This book is thorough, well organized, and useful. It establishes background on the Australian understanding of the American dream, Austalian photography, image, and subject matter, and American influence on Australian cinema. Brief chapters summarize film theory, applicable mass communication theory, and financial practices of the Au...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:229 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1987Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275926753

ISBN - 13:9780275926755

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?Based on a course on postwar Australian motion pictures taught by the author at University of Kansas in 1986, this book is thorough, well organized, and useful. It establishes background on the Australian understanding of the American dream, Australian photography, image, and subject matter, and American influence on Australian cinema. Brief chapters summarize film theory, applicable mass communication theory, and financial practices of the Australian motion picture industry. Most of the book narrates the history of Australian films, provides well-written and balanced summaries of recent Australian motion pictures, and puts them in the context of American movies of the same periods and in the social context of Australian viewer demand. The detached Australian style is aptly illustrated with discussions of American films made by Australians and by the establishment of Australian film's international reputation. Some trivial work is seriously considered, and the profound is not always differentiated from the merely successful, but the text is remarkably complete for its brevity. It demonstrates conclusively that Australian film existed before Crocodile Dundee, and that the acclaim of 1986 was built on earlier success.?-Choice