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

By Jon Cowans Copyright 2019
    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.


    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.