Hollywood And The End Of The Cold War: Signs Of Cinematic Change by Bryn UptonHollywood And The End Of The Cold War: Signs Of Cinematic Change by Bryn Upton

Hollywood And The End Of The Cold War: Signs Of Cinematic Change

byBryn Upton

Hardcover | August 26, 2014

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The Cold War was perhaps the most critical and defining aspect of American culture from the late 1940s until the early 1990s, influencing popular culture products ranging from television to music to film. As one of the most popular forms of entertainment, film was at the center of the battle for the hearts and minds of the American public throughout the Cold War. Both on and off the screen, the Cold War influenced how films were made, which films got made, and how audiences understood the films they watched. In the post-Cold War era some genres of film suffered from the shift in our national narratives while others were quickly re-imagined for an audience with different understandings about what constitutes cultural norms.This volume compares films from the late Cold War era with films of the same genre, or of similar themes, from the post-Cold War era, paying particular attention to shifts in narrative that reflect changes in American culture, attitudes, and ideas. It explains how the absence of the Cold War has changed the way we understand and interpret film.
Bryn Upton is associate professor of history at McDaniel College, where he is a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award. His teaching and research focus on modern U.S. history, intellectual history, and African American history.
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Title:Hollywood And The End Of The Cold War: Signs Of Cinematic ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.31 × 6.41 × 0.77 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442237937

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionSuperheroes and VillainsBatman and His EnemiesBourne at the Right TimeRedemptionComing of AgeCorporate Culture and Personal IdentityThe Midlife Crisis and the Meaning of AdulthoodIn the Path of DestructionThis Is The End: Dystopian FuturesConclusionBibliographyAbout the Author

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While the Cold War ended in 1991 with a whimper, not a bang, it still affects popular culture in many ways. In his book. Hollywood and the End of the Cold War: Signs of Cinematic Change, Bryn Upton discusses how filmmakers used many of the same Cold War themes in new ways. . . .In addition to providing the background of the Cold War and how it was represented in films of the period, Bryn Upton describes the period since the fall of the Soviet Union and how movies deal with many of the same issues. He talks about how films deal with good versus evil, how espionage is portrayed with different enemies, as well as the changing identities of different groups. He also makes sure to review the concept of nuclear holocaust, one of the major Cold War film themes, and how newer films still use it as a plot point. Upton gives a great overview of modern film and what the movies took from the ideas developed during that turbulent period.