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Alcohol in the Movies, 1898-1962

A Critical History

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Alcohol in the Movies, 1898-1962 by Judy Cornes
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A 1906 film called "The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend" shows a man drinking and eating voraciously at a restaurant, then going home to bed. In the surreal scenes that follow, furniture disappears, tiny devils poke the man's head with pitchforks, and his bed hurls itself out the window and across the city. But it wasn't commentary on drinking; rather, it was a showcase of early special effects - double exposure photography, panning shots, and montage. Turn-of-the-century films typically treated drinking as a subject for comedy and ridicule, and the comic possibilities translated well into silent movies. As talkies developed and the film industry matured, alcohol's portrayal was reflected in the times: prohibition, the Great Depression, the war years, and as social commentary. Here is a study of 64 years of alcohol as portrayed in film. The author begins with the appearance in 1898 of what is probably the first commercial: a 30-second film of men in kilts dancing and the words "Scotch Whiskey" appearing in the background. The final film is 1962's "Days of Wine and Roses", which addresses alcoholism. The author includes a film from each decade, those with artistic or historical value, those that represent the comedy, drama and musical genres, and wellknown pictures such as "The Lost Weekend" and "A Star is Born". The first three chapters cover 1903 to 1939. The remaining chapters follow not a timeline but the growing complexity of the movies. A recurring motif is the use of the term "white logic," a phase used by writer Jack London in his 1913 memoir John Barleycorn. It refers to disillusionment with everyday life brought on by and exacerbated by alcohol. An annotated filmography lists the date, source and other relevant information about movies in this study.
Release date NZ
September 19th, 2006
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
photographs, bibliography, filmography, index
Imprint
McFarland & Co Inc
Pages
262
Dimensions
154x231x15
ISBN-13
9780786426331
Product ID
1832924

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