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From Land of Liberty to the Decline and Fall of Citizen Kane

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the filmic writing of American history in Hollywood films. The findings reveal that Hollywood filmmakers had helped create a powerful ... More


Throw That Junk!

Jeffrey Knapp

in Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190634063
eISBN:
9780190634094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634063.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

“Junk” is the final word spoken in Hollywood’s most famous art project, Citizen Kane. Chapter 6 of Pleasing Everyone argues that the peculiar texture of Kane derives from its attempt to think its way ... More


Modernism and ‘the Image of the Man’: Hollywood Interprets Musical Modernism

Peter Franklin

in Seeing Through Music: Gender and Modernism in Classic Hollywood Film Scores

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195383454
eISBN:
9780199897032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383454.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

The closing chapter focuses on the arrival of musical modernism, along with “popular music” in the postwar sense, in the scores of films focusing psychoanalytically upon male characters. Citizen ... More


Theses on a Philosophy of Queer History: Velvet Goldmine

Nick Davis

in The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199993161
eISBN:
9780199346387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993161.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine (1998) triply encapsulates the productive potentials of a Deleuzian queer cinema. First, in combining elements of Deleuze’s prewar movement-image and postwar time-image, ... More


King-makers

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film: Heroes and Villains

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748634460
eISBN:
9780748670925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634460.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at films about public relations. It specifically investigates the ways in which cinema has represented the journalistic king-makers, and also the changing nature of media power in ... More


The thing that is not a thing

Jared Pappas-Kelley

in Solvent Form: Art and destruction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526129246
eISBN:
9781526141927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526129246.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

Chapter four introduces the example of the Momart warehouse fire, in which large amounts of art—including high profile Young British Art—was destroyed when a thief apparently broke into an adjoining ... More


Dematerializing Culture: Faulkner’s Trash Aesthetic

Patricia Yaeger

in Faulkner and Material Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037122
eISBN:
9781604731637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037122.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter describes how objects that can be considered as trash or detritus have become objects of aesthetic ecstasy for centuries. It is not until the twentieth century, however, that a ... More


Climax and Harbinger A Life as a Common Cause

R. Blakeslee Gilpin

in John Brown Still Lives!: America's Long Reckoning with Violence, Equality, and Change

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835012
eISBN:
9781469602608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869277_gilpin.14
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on Orson Welles's 1932 play The Marching Song, the direction of which described “a great unearthly light fall[ing] full upon” the “transfigured” protagonist. The play ... More


Post-Script: Oscar and Orson

Michael Glover Smith and Adam Selzer

in Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231174497
eISBN:
9780231850797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174497.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This post-script looks at two directors who began their careers in Chicago: Oscar Micheaux and Orson Welles. Micheaux was the most significant and durable filmmaker to emerge from the race-film boom. ... More


Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture

Bruce Lenthall

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226471914
eISBN:
9780226471938
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226471938.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Orson Welles' greatest breakthrough into the popular consciousness occurred in 1938, three years before Citizen Kane, when his War of the Worlds radio broadcast succeeded so spectacularly that ... More


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