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Hollywood Shot by Shot: Alcoholism in American Cinema

Hollywood Shot by Shot: Alcoholism in American Cinema
Author: Norman K. Denzin
ISBN 13: 9780202303451
ISBN 10: 202303454
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication Date: 2004-08-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
List Price: $36.95

To what extent have Hollywood feature films shaped the meanings that Americans attach to alcoholics, their families, and the alcoholic condition? To what extent has the mass culture of the movie industry itself been conceptually shaped by a broad, external societal discourse? Norman Denzin brings to his lifelong study of alcoholism a searching interest in how cultural texts signify and lend themselves to interpretation within a social nexus. “[A] genuinely interdisciplinary work of the first order.”—Robert L. Carringer, author, The Making of Citizen Kane


As an adjunct to his earlier studies of real-life alcoholics, Denzin (sociology, U. of Illinois) analyzes the portrayals of alcoholism in American film. He finds that, with few exceptions, they are didactically anti-alcoholism, follow the medical establishment's views, and exaggerate both the problem and the ease of recovery. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)