The American Cinema of Excess: Extremes of the National Mind on Film


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This book draws conclusions about the American mind through analysis of what might be called cinema of excess: cinema about Americans that includes culturally transgressive material such as violence, graphic sexuality, apocalyptic themes, and paranoia. The work begins with an introduction to far left and far right schools of film criticism, including Marxism, cultural conservatism, and religious conservatism. The author then takes a balanced look at various films interpretations of several traits of the American conscious: ...

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