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Seeing Is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties


by Peter Biskind

The classic study of fifties movies, culture and society by the best selling author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.

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Seeing Is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties

Seeing is Believing is a provocative, shrewd and witty look at the Hollywood fifties movies we all love – or love to hate – and the thousand subtle ways they reflect the political tensions of the decade.

Peter Biskind concentrates on the films everybody saw but nobody really looked at, classics such as Giant, Rebel Without a Cause, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and shows us how movies that appear politically innocent in fact bear an ideological burden.

As we see organization men and rugged individualists, housewives, and career women, cops and docs, teen angels and teenage werewolves fight it out across the screen, from suburbia to the farthest reaches of the cosmos, we understand that we have been watching one long dispute about how to be a man, a woman, an American – the conflicts of the time in action.

About the Author

Peter Biskind is the former executive editor of Premiere. He is the author of The Godfather Companion and Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. He is also acontributing editor at Vanity Fair.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 2.6 × 19.7 cm