Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema

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This book combines film studies with environmental history and politics, aiming to establish a cultural criticism informed by 'green' thought. David Ingram argues that Hollywood cinema has largely perpetuated romantic attitudes to nature and has played an important ideological role in the'greenwashing' of ecological discourses.

The book accounts for the rise of environmental concerns in Hollywood cinema and explores the ways in which attitudes to nature and the environment are constructed in a number of movies. It is divided into three sections: Wilderness in Hollywood Cinema, Wild Animals in Hollywood Cinema, and Development and the Politics of Land Use.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Exeter Press (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859896099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859896092
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

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Ground-breaking approach to film studies: ecocriticism applied to Hollywood film

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 3, 2008
By Nate
David Ingram’s book is a groundbreaking work, that has important implications for film studies, ecocriticism and cultural studies — and has the merit (unlike many other works in all of these fields) of being both precise and clear. While it holds rewarding insights for those working in these fields, it would be valuable and engaging for anyone interested in Hollywood film and the environment. A few other books have explored environmental issues raised by certain specific films; what David Ingram does is show how attention to a range of issues and distinctions provides an illuminating lens through which to examine a very wide range of mainstream contemporary films. While he examines several very specific issues and subject matters that appear in only some major films, Ingram’s analysis of these issues suggests that to some degree most films address them.

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