1st Edition

Film and Colonialism in the Sixties
The Anti-Colonialist Turn in the US, Britain, and France

ISBN 9780367074913
Published December 20, 2018 by Routledge
292 Pages

USD $155.00

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Book Description

Relations between Western nations and their colonial subjects changed dramatically in the second half of the twentieth century. As nearly all of the West’s colonies gained their independence by 1975, attitudes toward colonialism in the West also changed, and terms such as empire and colonialism, once used with pride, became strongly negative. While colonialism has become discredited, precisely when or how that happened remains unclear. This book explores changing Western attitudes toward colonialism and decolonization by analyzing American, British, and French popular cinema and its reception from 1960 to 1973.

Table of Contents


Part One Introduction

Chapter One: Colonial Adventure Films of the Early 1960s

Chapter Two: Westerns of the Early 1960s

Chapter Three: Spotlighting Decolonization: The United States and Britain

Chapter Four: Spotlighting Decolonization: France

Part Two Introduction

Chapter Five: The Anti-Colonialist Turn in Europe

Chapter Six: The Anti-Colonialist Turn in Hollywood

Chapter Seven: Revisionist Westerns, 1967-1973

Chapter Eight: France and the Second Algeria Cycle, 1970-1973


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Jon Cowans is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University of New Jersey, Newark, USA.