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American Film Cycles


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction. Love at First Sight
  • Chapter 1. Real Gangsters Do Cry: A Cyclical Approach to Film Genres
  • Chapter 2. Real Gangsters Do Cry: Understanding How Film Cycles Change over Time
  • Chapter 3. I Was a Teenage Film Cycle: The Relationship between Youth Subcultures and Film Cycles
  • Chapter 4. Not Only Screen But the Projector as Well: The Relationship between Race and Film Cycles
  • Conclusion. Love, Disdain, and the Future of Cycle Studies
  • Appendix. Selected Filmographies
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Exploring how political sentiments, popular desires, and social anxieties have been reflected in movies from the Dead End Kids serial to the ghetto action flicks of the 1990s, this book offers the first full-length study of the American film cycle and its relation to film genres and contemporary social issues

About the Author

Amanda Ann Klein is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the English Department of East Carolina University.


"American Film Cycles: Reframing Genres, Screening Social Problems, and Defining Subcultures reveals how indirectly the concept of the cycle has been addressed, from production strategy to audience response and cultural practice. Amanda Ann Klein recenters this industry practice with a series of case studies in which the common thread is a shared cyclical history rather than a shared generic identity. In the process of carefully distinguishing the cycle from the genre, Klein offers new insights into the distinct potential both structures hold for grouping and analyzing films. - Velvet Light Trap

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