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Hollywood's Image of the South

From the 1920s and 1930s, when American cinema depicted the South as a demi-paradise populated by wealthy landowners, glamorous belles, and happy slaves, through later, more realistic depictions of the region in films based on works by Erskine Caldwell, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and Robert Penn Warren, Hollywood's view of the South has been as ever-changing as the place itself. This comprehensive reference guide to Southern films offers credits, plot descriptions, and analyses of how the stereotypes and characterizations in each film contribute to our understanding of a most contentious American time and place. Organized by subjects including Economic Conditions, Plantation Life, The Ku Klux Klan, and The New Politics, Hollywood's Image of the South seeks to coin a new genre by describing its conventions and attitudes. Even so, the Southern film crosses all known generic boundaries, including the comedy, the women's film, the noir, and many others. This invaluable guide to an under-recognized category of American cinema illustrates how much there is to learn about a time and place from watching the movies that aim to capture it.
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Provides a comprehensive guide to films dealing with or taking place in the American South.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Abbreviations Plantation Life and Cotton Fields Slaves and Slavery Southern Aristocrats Southern Belles Economic Conditions Political Conditions Social Conditions The Courtroom and Early Justice Reconstruction and the Carpetbaggers The Ku Klux Klan Discrimination Feuds and Feuding Southern Decadence Family Survival Economics in the New South The New Politics New Social Conditions Law and Order Show Business The Civil War Bibliography Title Index

About the Author

LARRY LANGMAN is the author of A Guide to Silent Westerns (Greenwood, 1992), A Guide to American Crime Films of the Forties and Fifties (Greenwood, 1995), and American Film Cycles: The Silent Era (Greenwood, 1998). DAVID EBNER has taught mathematics and history on the university and secondary school levels and has published extensively in professional journals. His books include The Encyclopedia of American Spy Films.

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