Fascism and Millennial American Cinema

Authors: Grist, Leighton

  • Critically considers the filmic mediation of an issue, fascism, that has been of recurrent concern historically and is of pressing concern presently
  • Sheds new light on the topic of fascism and film, which has, in terms of the post-classical period of American cinema, received scant attention
  • Provides detailed and theoretically informed analysis of a number of films, including American History X (1999), Fight Club (1999) and American Beauty (1999)
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This book examines a spate of American films released around the turn of the millennium that differently address the actuality or possibility of domestic fascism within the USA. The films discussed span a diversity of forms, genres and production practices, and encompass low- and medium-budget studio and independent releases (such as American History X, Stir of Echoes and The Believer), star and/or auteur vehicles (such as The Siege, Fight Club and American Beauty), and high-budget, high-concept science-fiction films and franchises (such as Starship Troopers, Minority Report, the Matrix and X-Men trilogies and the Star Wars prequels). Central to the book is the detailed analysis of the films, which is contextualized historically in relation to a period that saw the significant rise of the far Right. The book concordantly affords a wider insight into fascism and its various manifestations and how such have been, and continue to be, registered within American cinema. 

About the authors

Leighton Grist is Reader in Media and Film Studies at the University of Winchester, UK. He has published extensively on film, including work on classical and post-classical Hollywood cinema, film theory and genre. He is the author of The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1963-77: Authorship and Context (2000) and The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1978-99: Authorship and Context II (2013).

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“This book is a thorough and perceptive discussion of one aspect of the political history of American film, grounded in an impressively broad reading of developments in the early sound area and focused on the ways that ‘fascism’ figures within more recent productions in the American cinema. Grist’s book stands out for its depth of research, detailed production histories, and finesse in handling ideological and theoretical issues. Simply put, this is one of the very best books on the American cinema that I have read in the last decade.” (R. Barton Palmer, Clemson University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Fascism, and American Cinema

    Grist, Leighton

    Pages 1-28

  • Skinheads, Racism, (Neo-)Nazism and the Family

    Grist, Leighton

    Pages 29-62

  • Patriots and Militias, Fascism and the State

    Grist, Leighton

    Pages 63-113

  • A (Fascist) New World Order/A (Fascistically Contested) New World Order

    Grist, Leighton

    Pages 115-156

  • The Übermensch, its Avatars and the Ordinary

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    Pages 157-207

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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fascism and Millennial American Cinema
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59566-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59566-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59565-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 242
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