Seeing is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties

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Bloomsbury, 2001 - Motion pictures - 382 pages
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Seeing is Believing is a provocative, shrewd and witty look at the Hollywood fifties movies we all love - or love to hate - and the thousand subtle ways they reflect the political tensions of the decade. Peter Biskind concentrates on the films everybody saw but nobody really looked at, classics such as Giant, Rebel Without a Cause and Invasion of the Body Snatchers and shows us how movies that appear politically innocent in fact bear an ideological burden. As we see organisation men and rugged individualists, housewives, and career women, cops and docs, teen angels and teenage werewolves fight it out across the screen, from suburbia to the farthest reaches of the cosmos, we understand that we have been watching one long dispute about how to be a man, a woman, an American - the conflicts of the time in action.

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User Review  - Cerpts - LibraryThing

One of my favourite books on "film analysis" which I have found myself rereading a couple times a year. The focus of the book is Hollywood films of the 1950's and the usually hidden undercurrents ... Read full review

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User Review  - sanddancer - LibraryThing

This book is not like Biskind's most famous book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls which looks at the production of key films in the 60s, with lots of juicy gossip about the directors, stars and writers and ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Peter Biskind, former executive editor of Premiere, is the author of The Godfather Companion, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, he has written for, amongst others The New York Times, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone.

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