From <i>Land of Liberty</i> to the Decline and Fall of <i>Citizen Kane</i>

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:
From Land of Liberty to the Decline and Fall of Citizen Kane

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the filmic writing of American history in Hollywood films. The findings reveal that Hollywood filmmakers had helped create a powerful historical legacy and for more than a decade they proved that films could argue complex historical perspectives and question the formulas of traditional American history and biography. This chapter also discusses the retrospective America historical films Land of Liberty and Citizen Kane.

Keywords: filmic writing; American history; Hollywood films; Land of Liberty; Citizen Kane

Chapter.  13419 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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