By Mandy Merck

At a time while the improved projection people political, army, financial and cultural energy attracts intensified international quandary, figuring out how that state is aware itself turns out extra vital than ever.

This choice of new serious essays tackles this outdated challenge in a brand new method, by way of analyzing many of the enormous quantities people movies that announce themselves as titularly 'American'. From early travelogues to modern comedies, nationwide nomination has been an abiding attribute of yank films, heading the paintings of Porter, Guy-Blaché, DeMille, Capra, Sternberg, Vidor, Minnelli and Mankiewicz. extra lately, George Lucas, Paul Schrader, John Landis and Edward James Olmos have made their very own contributions to Hollywood’s Americana.

What does this nationwide branding characterize? Which models of Americanism are valorized, and which marginalized or excluded? Out of which social and historic contexts do they emerge, and for and via whom are they developed?

Edited by means of Mandy Merck, the collection comprises precise analyses of such motion pictures as The Vanishing American, American insanity, An American in Paris, American Graffiti, American Gigolo, American Pie and lots of more.

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