The Screening of America: Movies and Values from Rocky to Rain Man

The Screening of America: Movies and Values from Rocky to Rain Man

by Tom O'Brien


Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


This is an original investigation of how movies have reflected and helped to shape the values of a generation. From All the President's Men to Wall Street, US films of the 1970s and 80s were a kaleidoscope of shifting values and contrasting moral viewpoints. Knowing that movies mirror the way we think we are – or would like to be – O'Brien focuses on the key values (or their absence) found in films from this period in order to see more clearly what Americans really cherished in life, and how these values have evolved or changed.

Comprehensive and thought provoking, this book addresses how and why movies glamorized and portrayed certain professions; the changing role of women; the targeting of religion for satire; the addressing of environmental issues and film's representation of and engagement with history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474287975
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Series: Film Studies: Bloomsbury Academic Collections
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 16.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tom O'Brien worked as film critic for Commonweal and formerly chaired Humanities at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Unusual Suspects
2. Teaching
3. Cultural Literacy
4. Work
5. Sports
6. Home
7. Environment
8. Patriotism
9. Heroines
10. Justice
11. Irony
12. Religion

Customer Reviews