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The movies and the masses erupted on the world stage together. In a few decades around the turn of the twentieth century, millions of persons who rarely could afford a night at the theater and had never voted in an election became regular paying customers at movie palaces and proud members of new political parties. The question of how to represent these new masses fascinated and plagued politicians and filmmakers alike. Michael Tratner examines the representations of masses—the crowd scenes—in Hollywood films from The Birth of a Nation through such popular love stories as Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music, and Dr. Zhivago. He then contrasts these with similar scenes in early Soviet and Nazi films. What emerges is a political debate being carried out in filmic style. In both sets of films, the crowd is represented as a seething cauldron of emotions.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Movies and the History of Crowd Psychology
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1 Collective Spectatorship
  2. pp. 12-32
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  1. 2 Constructing Public Institutions and Private Sexuality: The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance
  2. pp. 33-50
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  1. 3 The Passion of Mass Politics in the Most Popular Love Stories
  2. pp. 51-72
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  1. 4 Loving the Crowd : Transformations of Gender in Early Soviet and Nazi Films
  2. pp. 73-108
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  1. 5 From Love of the Stat to the State of Love: Fritz Lang’s Move from Weimar to Hollywood
  2. pp. 109-146
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-162
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823229017
MARC Record
OCLC
1111394229
Pages
162
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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