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Reimagining the Promised Land: Israel and America in Post-war Hollywood Cinema
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Reimagining the Promised Land: Israel and America in Post-war Hollywood Cinema (Hardback)

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While Israel has seemingly been a minor presence in Hollywood cinema, Reimagining the Promised Land argues that there is a long history of Hollywood deploying images of Israel as a means of articulating an idealized notion of American national identity. This argument is developed through readings of The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. DeMille, 1956), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (William Wyler, 1959), Exodus (Otto Preminger, 1960), Cast a Giant Shadow (Melville Shavelson, 1966), Black Sunday (John Frankenheimer, 1977), The Delta Force (Menahem Golan, 1986), and Munich (Steven Spielberg, 2005). The mobilization of Israel that pervades this eclectic group of films effectively demonstrates one of the more surreptitious ways in which Hollywood has historically constructed and circulated dominant notions of American national identity. Moreover, in examining the most notable Hollywood representations of the Jewish state, the book offers an informed historical overview of the cultural forces that have contributed to popular understandings within the United States of the state of Israel, Israel's Arab neighbours, and also the Arab-Israeli conflict.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesMedia, information & communication industriesCinema industryFilm, TV & DramaFilms, cinema Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 17/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9781501350825  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Rodney Wallis is a sessional academic in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research interests include cinematic representations of American history and American mythology.

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