By Philip C. DiMare
Movies in American historical past: An Encyclopedia is a reference textual content involved in the connection among American society and films and filmmaking within the usa from the overdue nineteenth century in the course of the current. past discussing many vital American motion pictures starting from Birth of a Nation to Star Wars to the Harry Potter movie sequence, the essays integrated within the volumes discover delicate matters in cinema regarding race, type, and gender, authored via foreign students who supply special views on American cinema and heritage.
Written by way of a various crew of individual students with backgrounds in historical past, movie experiences, tradition reviews, technology, faith, and politics, this reference advisor will entice readers new to cinema reports in addition to movie specialists. each one encyclopedic access presents information concerning the movie, a proof of the film's cultural value and effect, information regarding major participants concerned with that paintings, and assets for extra study.
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