Beyond the Stars: Locales in American popular film

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The Beyond the Stars: Studies in American Popular Film series was begun with a sense that the study of American movie conventions of plot, character, material objects, locales and thematic or ideological motifs across the boundaries of genre - as well as within those boundaries - could lead to new insights into the relationship between popular film and the complex social matrix of American life.
For the film scholar interests in the symbiotic relationship between popular film and American life, the study of film conventions offers the kind of historical perspective that is a requisite component of the study of American popular culture. Because individual film conventions can be documented with some precision, they can offer particularly telling clues into the interaction between the world of film and the social environment which created and consumed those films.
In this volume of the Beyond the Stars series, the subject of the various individual essays are discrete conventions of movie locales, but the subject of the volume as a whole - as with the other books in the series - is the viability of film convention studies as a tool for the study of film and American culture.

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