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Death in Classical Hollywood Cinema

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Boaz Hagin
    Pages 26-44
  3. Boaz Hagin
    Pages 107-150
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 151-201

About this book


Boaz Hagin carries out a philosophical examination of the issue of death as it is represented and problematized in Hollywood cinema of the classical era (1920s-1950s) and in later mainstream films, looking at four major genres: the Western, the gangster film, melodrama and the war film.


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About the authors

BOAZ HAGIN teaches at the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University, Israel. His articles have appeared in Cinema Journal and Camera Obscura, among other publications. He is currently co-writing a book with Thomas Elsaesser on trauma, memory and fantasy in contemporary American cinema.

Bibliographic information


'This highly original study is a rigorous, provocative and entertaining account of the different meanings associated with death in classical Hollywood cinema. Analyzing an impressive range of films with flair and theoretical sophistication, it shows how death becomes meaningful in art. This is an important work on Hollywood film which also helps us to understand how we incorporate the death of others into the narrative of our lives.' - Colin Davis, Professor of French, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK