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INVENTED LIVES, IMAGINED COMMUNITIES: THE BIOPIC AND AMERICAN NATIONAL IDENTITY. Ed. by William H. Epstein and R. Barton Palmer. State University of New York Press, Albany, 2016. 288 pp. with 8 ills. ISBN 9781438460796 In English.
Publisher's description: Biopics biographical films that focus on the lives of famous and notorious figures from our national history have long been one of Hollywood's most popular and important genres, offering viewers various understandings of American national identity. "Invented Lives, Imagined Communities" provides the first full-length examination of US biopics, focusing on key releases in American cinema while treating recent developments in three fields: cinema studies, particularly the history of Hollywood; national identity studies dealing with the American experience; and scholarship devoted to modernity and postmodernity. Films discussed include "Houdini," "Patton," "The Great White Hope," "Bound for Glory," "Ed Wood," "Basquiat," "Pollock," "Sylvia," "Kinsey," "Fur," "Milk," "J. Edgar," and "Lincoln." Written in clear, accessible prose, Invented Lives, Imagined Communities describes a diversity of well-travelled and obscure pathways through the history and poetics of the biographical film. The book pays special attention to the crucial generic plot along which, the book claims, biopics traverse American lives, showcasing even as they modify the various notions of the national character.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 172180
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