Arnold: Schwarzenegger and the movies

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I.B. Tauris, Jun 9, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 245 pages
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Arnold: Schwarzenegger and the Movies is the first comprehensive, in-depth book to examine one of modern cinema's most celebrated and divisive screen presences. Tracing Schwarzenegger's entire film career and life from teenage bodybuilder to Governor of California, Saunders blends close textual readings of the major films, including Pumping Iron, Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator series, Twins and True Lies, with salient historical context and biographical detail, demonstrating continually the importance of broader social and political factors in defining Arnold's unique significance. Representing far more than just a muscular spectacle, Saunders argues, Schwarzenegger found powerful ideological and spiritual relevance to his age by embarking on a quest to restore collective faith in his adopted nation - and, moreover, by exploiting his own, mythic importance to a post-war America struggling to come to terms with its own contemporary narrative.

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

The idea of book of Schwarzenegger film criticism is interesting, but Saunders works too laboriously to fit the films into his theoretical interests. Also, by the 100th Nazi/Third Reich/Hitler reference, it just becomes tiresome. Read full review

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User Review  - Benjy - Goodreads

To quote from the press release: "This work argues that Schwarzenegger represents far more than just a muscular spectacle; he embodies the powerful ideological and spiritual relevance of the age by embarking on a quest to restore collective faith in his adopted nation." Read full review

Contents

Rise of the Ubermensch
9
Arnolds Hollywood Putsch
47
Or How Arnie Learned to Grow
121
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Dave Saunders is a film writer and lecturer.  His books include Direct Cinema: Observational Documentary and the Politics of the Sixties.

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