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America's global cultural impact is largely seen as one-sided, with critics claiming that it has undermined other countries' languages and traditions. But contrary to popular belief, the cultural relationship between the United States and the world has been reciprocal, says Richard Pells. The United States not only plays a large role in shaping international entertainmentAmerica's global cultural impact is largely seen as one-sided, with critics claiming that it has undermined other countries' languages and traditions. But contrary to popular belief, the cultural relationship between the United States and the world has been reciprocal, says Richard Pells. The United States not only plays a large role in shaping international entertainment and tastes, it is also a consumer of foreign intellectual and artistic influences.Pells reveals how the American artists, novelists, composers, jazz musicians, and filmmakers who were part of the Modernist movement were greatly influenced by outside ideas and techniques. People across the globe found familiarities in American entertainment, resulting in a universal culture that has dominated the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and fulfilled the aim of the Modernist movement—to make the modern world seem more intelligible.Modernist America brilliantly explains why George Gershwin's music, Cole Porter's lyrics, Jackson Pollock's paintings, Bob Fosse's choreography, Marlon Brando's acting, and Orson Welles's storytelling were so influential, and why these and other artists and entertainers simultaneously represent both an American and a modern global culture....

Title : Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies, and the Globalization of American Culture
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ISBN : 9780300115048
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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  • Liam
    2019-04-07 04:43

    "No nation has embodied or tried, not always successfully, to cope with these upheavals more than America. So the modernist view of the world, however much it originated in Europe, ended up being distinctively American. The United States did not invent modernism. But as the land of modernity, speed, immigrants, skyscrapers, movies, and immense political and economic power, America became modernism's cosmopolitan home." (3)"One of the most alarming characteristics of American modernism for foreign intellectuals and social critics was the ease with which it was used to sell products. ... [T]he modernists, in the words of Ezra Pound, were always trying to 'make it new.' And no one was more interested in innovation and novelty than the American entrepreneur." (85)"Before a harrowing scene in Marathon Man (1976) in which his character is to be tortured by Laurence Olivier's Nazi dentist, Dr. Szell, Hoffman purportedly stayed awake for two nights so that he could appear properly exhausted. When Olivier saw him in the morning, he is supposed to have said: 'Dear boy, you look absolutely awful. Why don't you try acting? It's so much easier.'" (369)"Donald Duck, for instance, was one of the most famous American icons, courtesy of Walt Disney's cartoons and comic books. But in Germany, where he was immensely admired, the duck was more a philosopher than a curmudgeon. He was politically and grammatically correct, speaking in a lucid voice instead of an unintelligible quack, quoting Schiller and Goethe rather than snorting at Mickey Mouse." (402)"So the danger of Americanization is mostly a fantasy. America's culture has not turned the world into a replica of the United States. Instead, its reliance on foreign cultures has made America a replica of the world." (405)

  • Gordon Hultberg
    2019-04-12 06:48

    excellent discussions of film, related to philosophy and just plain clear explanations of and understanding of Film Noir, method acting in America, its influence on film acting.

  • Jocelyn
    2019-04-19 03:27

    read if you want to know everything there is to know about history of the Modernist movement and its impact on the Arts throughout the world.