240 pages, 15 b/w photos
Green Screen combines film studies with environmental history and politics, aiming to establish a cultural criticism informed by 'green' thought. David Ingram argues that Hollywood cinema has largely perpetuated romantic attitudes to nature and has played an important ideological role in the 'greenwashing' of ecological discourses. Green Screen accounts for the rise of environmental concerns in Hollywood cinema, and explores the ways in which attitudes to nature and the environment are constructed in a number of movies. It is divided into three sections: Wilderness in Hollywood Cinema; Wild Animals in Hollywood Cinema; Development and the Politics of Land Use.
Introduction - melodrama and environmental crisis
Part 1 Wilderness in Hollywood cinema: discourses of nature and environmentalism
- the cinematography of natural landscapes
- gender and the encounter with wilderness
- ecological Indians and the myth of primal purity
- gender, race and the politics of the Amazonian rain forests
Part 2 Wild animals in Hollywood cinema: endangered species and the North American anti-hunting narrative
- North American ocean mammals
- the wolf and the bear
- African animals from safari to conservation
Part 3 Development and the politics of land use: the country and the city
- automobile culture
- the risks of nuclear energy
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David Ingram is a lecturer in American Studies at Brunel University.