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[Commlist] New book: American Presidents and Oliver Stone

Tue Nov 03 21:00:33 GMT 2020

Intellect is pleased to announce that /*American Presidents and Oliver Stone: Kennedy, Nixon, and Bush between History and Cinema <>*/, by Carl Freedman, is now available in ebook and paperback.

Perhaps no current filmmaker has made more provocative films about American history than Oliver Stone. In this book, Carl Freedman gives a detailed and nuanced account of the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush as fictionalized in Stone’s biographical films JFK, Nixon and W. Synthesizing film criticism with political and historical analysis, /American Presidents and Oliver Stone/ transcends the limitations of formalism and empiricism, reflecting on both Stone’s achievements as a filmmaker and American politics of the past sixty years.

Offering detailed historical perspectives alongside careful aesthetic criticism, Freedman explores how Stone uses melodrama, tragedy and farce to transform politics into national mythology. Wide-ranging, accessible and highly original, /American Presidents and Oliver Stone/ is sure to engage anyone interested in the intersection of American politics and cinema.

*_Table of Contents_*


*- *To Assassinate a Movie
*- *JFK: American Melbourne
*- *Precursor-Texts: Rashomon and Citizen Kane
*- *JFK: Conspiracy
*- *JFK: Father-Leader
*- *JFK: Son-Avenger

*- *From Kennedy to Nixon
*- *From Melodrama to Tragedy
*- *From JFK to Nixon
*- *Nixon: Personal Tragedy
*- *Nixon: National Tragedy
*- *Nixon: American Tragedy
*- *Conclusion

*- *From Tragedy to Farce
*- *W.: The Man
*- *W.: The War


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