The Return of Our Epic America, 1938–1941

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124063
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134765 | DOI:
The Return of Our Epic America, 1938–1941

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This chapter examines the trend in historical filmmaking in the U.S during the period from 1938 to 1941. This period represents a return of the film industry to epic America. Some of the most notable films produced and released during this period include Stagecoach, directed by John and written by Dudley Nichols, Jesse James, directed by Henry King and written by Nunnaly Johnson and Union Pacific, directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Keywords: historical films; U.S.; epic America; Stagecoach; John Ford; Jesse James; Henry King; Union Pacific; Cecil B. DeMille; filmmaking

Chapter.  9495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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