An American Family: A Televised Life

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U of Minnesota Press, 2002 - Social Science - 163 pages
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Before 1973, the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California, lived in the privacy of their own home. With the airing of the documentary An American Family, that "privacy" extended to every American home with a television. This book is the first to offer a close look at An American Family -- the documentary that blurred conventions, stirred passions, revised impressions of family life and definitions of private and public, and began the breakdown of distinctions between reality and spectacle that culminated in cultural phenomena from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Survivor.
 

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Contents

A Real View of MiddleClass Life
3
Filming the Louds Editing the Footage 2 4
46
Episode One
64
Listening to the Louds
77
B Publicity Sets the Stage Reviews Steal the Show
95
The Children of An American Family
130
The Louds Strike Back
146
Bibliography
149
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Jeffrey Ruoff is Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of An American Family: A Televised Life and a coauthor of The Emperor??'s Naked Army Marches On. His films and videos, including The Last Vaudevillian and Hacklebarney Tunes: The Music of Greg Brown have been shown at festivals and on television in the United States and abroad.

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