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 Ballou, Chicago, Back to the
Future, Killer of Sheep, Daughters of the
Dust, Nothing But a Man, Ali, Easy Rider,
The Conversation, The Texas Chain Saw
Massacre, Longtime Companion, The 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