Blood, guns, and testosterone: action films, audiences, and a thirst for violence

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Scarecrow Press, 2010 - Performing Arts - 259 pages
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Since the early days of film, the representation of masculinity has changed cosiderably. In the beginning men on screen instinctively knew right from wrong. They rode to the rescue and saved the day in the nick of time to the admiration and gratitude of society. But over the decades such figures evolved from larger than life infallible heroes to cynical washed-up, unwanted outsiders. The violent content in these films also evolved-from fist fights and gunplay to brutal attacks and nuclear explosions-escalating in frequency, intensity, and graphic depictions.

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Contents

The History of a Modern Crisis
3
The Audience Matters
23
The Appeal of FastPaced Storytelling
63
Finding a Personal Social and Moral Identity
85
Managing the Modern Male Identity Crisis
139
Men with a ChallengeManaging
175
in the Action Film
187
The Appeal of Watching Violence
211
Ill Be Back? The Future of Action
229
Index
249
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