Screening the sixties: Hollywood cinema and the politics of memory

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In the heat of political conflict and screech of a guitar solo, the Sixties echo down the years. The ‘Age of Aquarius’ may be no more, but its legacy still resonates across US politics and popular culture. This book provides a detailed and engaging account of how Hollywood cinema has represented and ‘remembered’ the Sixties. From late 1970s hippie musicals such as Hair and The Rose through to recent civil rights portrayals The Help and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Oliver Gruner explores the ways in which films have engaged with broader debates on America’s recent past. Drawing on extensive archival research, he traces production history and script development, showing how a group of politically engaged filmmakers sought to offer resonant contributions to public memory. Situating Hollywood within a wider series of debates taking place in the US public sphere, Screening the Sixties offers a rigorous and innovative study of cinema’s engagement with this most contested of epochs.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages282
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-49633-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-49632-4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2016


  • Hollywood Cinema
  • the sixties
  • historical film
  • memory
  • politics
  • 1960s


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