How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties
Author: Peter Biskind
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK
Category: Motion pictures
Seeing is Believing is a provocative, shrewd and witty look at the Hollywood fifties movies we all love - or love to hate - and the thousand subtle ways they reflect the political tensions of the decade. Peter Biskind concentrates on the films everybody saw but nobody really looked at, classics such as Giant, Rebel Without a Cause and Invasion of the Body Snatchers and shows us how movies that appear politically innocent in fact bear an ideological burden. As we see organisation men and rugged individualists, housewives, and career women, cops and docs, teen angels and teenage werewolves fight it out across the screen, from suburbia to the farthest reaches of the cosmos, we understand that we have been watching one long dispute about how to be a man, a woman, an American - the conflicts of the time in action.
Seeing is Believing demonstrates that serious dramatic films usually express deeply-running visions of life, designated as Christian, Greek, American or skeptical. The author provides a narrative analysis that investigates these "deep structures," the mythic elements embedded in the films, while paying close attention to the comprehensive meaning of the whole film, not just the themes or implications that may be identified in the film's discrete parts. His analysis introduces a new and exciting method of film interpretation that developed succinctly through a narrative style that shows how the concepts are applied to films, relying more on understanding than memorization. The author also includes appendices that list effective questions for use in discussing movies, and a list of movies that work well with the book's method of analysis.
Seeing is Believing uses semiotic and psychoanalytic concepts to help readers gain an understanding of the way we find meaning in visual phenomena and the way our minds process images. These concepts are presented in a readable, entertaining style, and abundant images, many of them new, including numerous drawings by the author, are offered to show how the principles discussed in the book have been applied.
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