Hollywood Blockbusters : the Anthropology of Popular Movies.

Uses anthropology to understand why movies have such enduring appeal in this age of fragmented audiences and ever-faster spin cycles. Exploring key anthropological issues from ritual, kinship, gift giving and totemism to literacy, stereotypes, boundaries and warfare, this book uncovers fresh insight...

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Main Author: Sutton, David.
Other Authors: Wogan, Peter.
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Oxford : Berg Publishers, 2009.
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Main Author:Sutton, David.
Summary:Uses anthropology to understand why movies have such enduring appeal in this age of fragmented audiences and ever-faster spin cycles. Exploring key anthropological issues from ritual, kinship, gift giving and totemism to literacy, stereotypes, boundaries and warfare, this book uncovers fresh insights into the significance of modern film classics.

Certain Hollywood movies are now so deeply woven into the cultural fabric that lines of their dialogue - for example, 'Make him an offer he can't refuse' - have been incorporated into everyday discourse. The films explored in this book, which include The Godfather, Jaws, The Big Lebowski, Field of Dreams and The Village, have become important cultural myths, fascinating windows into the schisms, tensions, and problems of American culture. Hollywood Blockbusters: The Anthropology of Popular Movies uses anthropology to understand why these movies have such enduring appeal in this age of fragmented audiences and ever-faster spin cycles. Exploring key anthropological issues from ritual, kinship, gift giving and totemism to literacy, stereotypes, boundaries and warfare, this fascinating book uncovers new insights into the significance of modern film classics for students of Film, Media, Anthropology and American Cultural Studies.

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Physical Description:1 online resource (190 pages)
ISBN:9781847886392
1847886396
Author Notes:

David Sutton is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University.Peter Wogan is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Willamette University.

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