The Great Depression on Film

by
David Luhrssenauthor

David Luhrssen is managing editor and film critic of the Shepherd Express newspaper in Milwaukee. He has lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

The Great Depression on Film

20220831

ABC-CLIO

Pages 232
Topics White Supremacy;Terrorist Organizations;Segregation;Protestant Fundamentalism;Professional Gambling;Professional Boxing;Police Procedures;Organized Crime;New Deal;Jazz;Homelessness;Herbert Hoover;Franklin D. Roosevelt;Folk Music;Dust Bowl;American History: Culture

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The Great Depression on Film

Author(s): Luhrssen, David;
Contributors: Luhrssen, David;
Abstract:

This book presents the Great Depression through the lens of 13 films, beginning with movies made during the Depression and ending with films from the 21st century, and encourages readers to examine the various depictions of this period throughout history.

The Great Depression on Film</i> is a unique guide to how the Great Depression was represented and is remembered, making it an excellent resource for students or anyone interested in film history or U.S. history. Each film is set in a different sector of American life, focusing on such topics as white supremacy, political protest, segregation, environmental degradation, crime, religion, the class system, and popular culture in the U.S. during the 1930s.

This book is indispensable for clearing away misconceptions fostered by the movies while acknowledging the power of film in shaping public memory. The book separates fact from fiction, detailing where the movies are accurate and where they depart from reality, and places them in the larger context of historical and social events. Eyewitness or journalistic accounts are referenced and quoted in the text to help readers differentiate between ideas, attitudes, and events presented in the films, as well as the historical facts which inspired those films.

  • Provides readers with a history of the Great Depression as it played out in the lives of many classes and groups of people in the U.S.</li>

  • Presents a cultural overview of America during that critical time, going beyond politics to include popular music, entertainment, religion, literature, and sports</li>

  • Dives into an exemplary study of the difficulty in dramatizing history on film along with the way film images displace actual history in popular memory</li>

  • Gives a detailed overview of how Hollywood cinema represented and misrepresented life during the Depression</li>

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SortTitle: great depression on film
Keyword(s): White Supremacy; Terrorist Organizations; Segregation; Protestant Fundamentalism; Professional Gambling; Professional Boxing; Police Procedures; Organized Crime; New Deal; Jazz; Homelessness; Herbert Hoover; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Folk Music; Dust Bowl; American History: Culture
Author Info:
David Luhrssenauthor

David Luhrssen is managing editor and film critic of the Shepherd Express newspaper in Milwaukee. He has lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

eISBN-13: 9781440877148
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440877131
Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 232
Publication Date: 20220831
Series: Hollywood History