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Basinger, Jeanine

Works: 82 works in 308 publications in 5 languages and 11,363 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Biographical films  Drama  Documentary films  War films  Nonfiction films  Film catalogs  Silent films 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Actor, Editor, Commentator, Consultant, Author of introduction, Creator, Other, Contributor, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Jeanine Basinger
Most widely held works by Jeanine Basinger
A woman's view : how Hollywood spoke to women, 1930-1960 by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

41 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now, Voyager, Stella Dallas, Leave Her to Heaven, Imitation of Life, Mildred Pierce, Gilda ... these are only a few of the hundreds of "women's films" that poured out of Hollywood during the thirties, forties, and fifties - films that not only delivered on their inherent promise to entertain but also opened a door to the Other, the Something Else, that audiences came to the theater yearning to see and feel, if only for a couple of hours. Films widely disparate in subject, sentiment, and technique, they nonetheless shared one dual purpose: to provide the audience (of women, primarily) with temporary liberation into a screen dream - of romance, sexuality, luxury, suffering, or even wickedness - and then send it home reminded of, reassured by, and resigned to the fact that no matter what else she might do, a woman's most important job was ... to be a woman. Now, with boundless knowledge and infectious enthusiasm, Jeanine Basinger illuminates the various surprising and subversive ways in which women's films delivered their message. Basinger examines dozens of films, exploring the seemingly intractable contradictions at the convoluted heart of the woman's genre - among them, the dilemma of the strong and glamorous woman who cedes her power when she feels it threatening her personal happiness, and the self-abnegating woman whose selflessness is not always as "noble" as it appears. Basinger looks at the stars who played these women (Kay Francis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Rosalind Russell, Susan Hayward, Myrna Loy, and a host of others) and helps us understand the qualities - the right off-screen personae, the right on-screen attitudes, the right faces, the right figures for carrying the right clothes - that made them personify the woman's film and equipped them to make believable drama or comedy out of the crackpot plots, the conflicting ideas, and the exaggerations of real behavior that characterize these movies. In each of the films the author discusses - whether melodrama, screwball comedy, musical, film noir, western, or biopic - a woman occupies the center of her particular universe. Her story - in its endless variations of rags to riches, boy meets girl, battle of the sexes, mother love, doomed romance - inevitably sends a highly potent mixed message: Yes, you women belong in your "proper place" (that is, content with the Big Three of the woman's film world - men, marriage, and motherhood), but meanwhile, and paradoxically, see what fun, glamour, and power you can enjoy along the way. A Woman's View deepens our understanding of the times and circumstances and attitudes out of which these movies were created. It is, besides, as compelling and satisfying an entertainment as the best of the wonderfully idiosyncratic movies it brings into new focus
The star machine by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film studies authority Basinger gives us an entertaining look into the "star machine," examining how, at the height of the studio system, from the 1930s to the 1950s, the studios manufactured star actors and actresses. She shows us how the machine worked when it worked, how it failed when it didn't, and how irrelevant it could sometimes be. She gives us the "human factor," case studies focusing on big stars groomed into the system: the "awesomely beautiful" (and disillusioned) Tyrone Power; the seductive, disobedient Lana Turner; and a dazzling cast of others--Loretta Young, Errol Flynn, Irene Dunne, Deanna Durbin. She anatomizes their careers, showing how their fame happened, and what happened to them as a result. (Both Turner and Flynn, for instance, were involved in notorious court cases.) In conclusion, she explains what has become of the star machine and why the studios' practice is no longer relevant.--From publisher description
Silent stars by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From one of America's renowned film scholars: a look at the greatest silent film stars - not those few who are fully appreciated and understood, like Chaplin, Keaton, Gish, and Garbo, but those who have been misperceived, unfairly dismissed, or forgotten."--BOOK JACKET. "This is the first book to anatomize the major silent players, reconstruct their careers, and give us a sense of what those films, those stars, and that Hollywood were all about. An essential text for anyone seriously interested in movies, and, with more than three hundred photographs, as much a treat to look at as it is to read."--Jacket
I do and I don't : a history of marriage in the movies by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From one of our leading film historians and interpreters: a brilliantly researched, irresistibly witty, delightfully illustrated examination of "the marriage movie": what it is (or isn't) and what it has to tell us about the movies--and ourselves. As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious about how to label them--perhaps because unlike any other genre of film, the marriage movie resonates directly with the experience of almost every adult coming to see it. Here is "happily ever after"--Except when things aren't happy, and when "ever after" is abruptly terminated by divorce, tragedy. or even murder. With her large-hearted understanding of how movies--and audiences--work, Basinger traces the many ways Hollywood has tussled with this tricky subject, explicating the relationships of countless marriages from Blondie and Dagwood to the heartrending couple in the Iranian A Separation, from Coach and his wife in Friday Night Lights to Tracy and Hepburn to Laurel and Hardy (a marriage if ever there was one). A treasure trove of insight and sympathy, illustrated with scores of wonderfully telling movies stills, posters, and ads"--
The movie musical! by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

10 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Fred Astaire to La La Land, Basinger examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Whether analyzing a classic Gene Kelly routine, relishing a Nelson-Jeanette operetta, or touting a dynamic hip hop number she provides a guide to the many ways that song and dance have been seen-- and heard-- on film. She includes extensive portraits of the singers and dancers, and focuses on many beloved, iconic films as well as unduly obscure gems. -- adapted from jacket
American cinema : one-hundred-years of filmmaking by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This extraordinary book, published to commemorate the centennial celebration of the birth of American film and a 10-part television series to be aired on the 320 PBS stations beginning in January 1995, surveys the phenomenon that is Hollywood, past and present." "The movies, like no other art form, are deeply embedded in the American psyche. They are our heritage and our entertainment. In a text as epic in scope as its subject, and drawing on exclusive interviews with actors and filmmakers conducted specifically for the American Cinema project, author Jeanine Basinger presents the evolution of the Hollywood saga, from its early roots in rural California to an industry that has adapted to - and thrived during - such metamorphoses as the advent of sound, the "threat" of foreign films and of television, and even the age of the conglomerate." "Basinger examines in depth the language of film - focusing on the nature of the art form during the "golden age" as well as in the age of television - and its power, in Hollywood's skilled hands, to keep you in your seat and forever coming back for more." "With more than 300 illustrations from the world's leading film archives, including some never before published, this book celebrates the best of American films, from the glamorous defining films of Hollywood in such favorite genres as the screwball comedy and the western to today's blockbusters and film-school generation of directors, Scorsese, Spielberg, DePalma, Lucas, and Coppola. Also included are the new filmmakers redefining the Hollywood film today."--Jacket
The World War II combat film : anatomy of a genre by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

11 editions published in 1986 in English and German and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decades after World War II ended, the war continues to fascinate both the American filmgoer and filmmaker. In this bold, thorough study, Jeanine Basinger covers the history of the World War II combat film from its origins to its 1980s variations, using it as a prototype with which to develop ideas and questions about film genre, genre evolution, and genre transformation. Basinger clearly traces the evolution of the World War II combat film through its various stages. Establishing 1943's Bataan as typical, she reveals how elements in this film--characters, settings, narrative structure, film technique, and cultural attitudes--were adapted from prior films and then re-adapted and modified for later movies. The book details how the genre's first films told stories based on the real events taking place in the news of the day, but how later films told stories based on the earlier filmed versions of those same events. Solidly grounded in extensive viewings, the study indicates how the primary format is changed after the war, how it is influenced by the Korean and Vietnam wars, how documentaries help shape it, and how, after a period of epic re-creation, it ultimately becomes dominated by parodies and films showing inverted or satirical versions of the original stories. Basinger also demonstrates how seemingly incompatible genres, such as the woman's film, the musical, and the comedy, can merge successfully with the combat film. Basinger combines a historical approach to genre with a study of one of the most important and popular categories of film, to present a definitive analysis of the evolution of a genre. The book includes a complete annotated filmography, not available elsewhere, of World War ll and Korean War combat films from Pearl Harbor to the date of writing. This book will intrigue anyone interested in film studies, American studies, American popular culture, and history.--Adapted from dust jacket
Anthony Mann by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

22 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Director of such often-revived films as Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story, and El Cid, Anthony Mann enjoyed a lasting and important career as one of Hollywood's premier filmmakers. Mann's Westerns, noir pictures, and epics are admired and studied by fans and scholars alike, and he was an expert in the fundamental elements of cinema (movement and placement of the camera, composition in the frame, and careful editing). Jeanine Basinger's Anthony Mann, which places the director's visual style at the center of its analysis, was among the first formal studies of any filmmaker, and it set a standard in the field over twenty-five years ago. Long out of print and much in demand, this pioneering book is now available again, featuring complete coverage of those Mann films not discussed in the original work, as well as over fifty rare film stills. Wesleyan is proud to issue this expanded edition of an essential text, making it available to new generations of filmgoers and readers."--BOOK JACKET
The It's a wonderful life book by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reel women : pioneers of the cinema, the first hundred years by Ally Acker( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The remarkable herstory of the women whose groundbreaking achievements and visions transformed the course of cinema since 1896. The first narrative director to tell a story on the screen, the highest paid director in the silent days, the inventor of the crane, and the boom microphone, the first editor to receive solo screen credit, the pioneer of socially conscious films ... all were women. More women worked in creative and influential positions in film before 1920 than at any other time in motion picture history. Traditional film history tells us about the achievements of Méliès, Eisenstein, Truffaut, and Coppola. But what about Blaché, Weber, Lupino, and Von Trotta? These filmmakers have been as integral and transformative to the story of film, and yet their stories have remained largely untold ... until now"--Provided by publisher
Gene Kelly : anatomy of a dancer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the life and career of Gene Kelly who revolutionized musical and movie dancing, making it accessible for all people. Uses extended film clips, interviews with colleagues and critics and filmed interview segments from 1976 with Kelly
Ingrid Bergman : in her own words by Stig Björkman( Visual )

7 editions published in 2016 in Swedish and English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director Stig Björkman allows us unprecedented access to Ingrid Bergman's world, culling from the most personal of archival materials: letters, diary entries, photographs, and Super eight and sixteen mm footage Bergman herself shot, and following her from youth to tumultuous married life and motherhood. Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by actor Alicia Vikander, provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend
The World War II combat film : anatomy of a genre by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

14 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of America's most renowned film scholars, Jeanine Basinger, offers a revealing, perceptive and highly readable look at the combat film. Discussing over 1,000 movies, Basinger covers in-depth the key examples of the genre and uses them to define the meaning of genre itself. From Bataan to Battleground to The Dirty Dozen to Saving Private Ryan, the book traces the evolution of the combat genre, as its recurring characters, plots and events are used and reused over time. There is also a section outlining what happens when women replace men in combat and when the subject is treated as comedy. First published in 1986, this updated and expanded edition contains a new introduction and an updated filmography. This is an essential text for anyone seriously interested in genre or movies, and, with 38 photographs, is as much a treat to look at as it is to read
Casting by( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and German and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Die legendäre Casting-Chefin Marion Dougherty aus New York war eine Pionierin ihres Fachs. Mit sicherem Instinkt und viel Gespür entdeckte sie Schauspieler wie Glenn Close, Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Jon Voight, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Mel Gibson und vielen andere, die später erfolgreich in Hollywood waren. Der Dokumentarfilm "Casting by" von Tom Donahue ist eine Hommage an Marion Dougherty. Im Film kommen unter anderem Regisseure wie Paul Mazursky, Peter Bogdanovich und Woody Allen zu Wort, die sich an ihre Zusammenarbeit mit der Casting-Chefin erinnern." []
Weekend in Havana( Visual )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a cruise ship runs aground, an ocean liner executive is forced to offer a winsome passenger a free trip to Havana in this colorful, zesty musical
Captured on film : the true story of Marion Davies( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blonde, beautiful and talented, Marion Davies was the first and funniest of the screwball comediennes. She combined zany slapstick with exuberant mimicry. This combines archival film clips with interviews and rare home movies to explore her life and work
Working with Kazan by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sergeant York by Howard Hawks( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Torn between religious pacifism and patriotism, Alvin York of Tennessee went on to become World War I's most acclaimed hero, capturing 132 German soldiers during the Battle of Argonne
Murnau, Borzage and Fox by Janet Bergstrom( Visual )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Think of three men ... an obsessed Jewish businessman (William Fox), a visionary German artist (F.W. Murnau), and an idealistic American Catholic (Frank Borzage). For a few short years their fates were intertwined and together these three men, the mogul, the artist, and the romantic would change the face of cinema." Includes commentary by film critics and historians with extensive archival film footage
It( Visual )

3 editions published between 1927 and 2003 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vivacious shop-girl sets out to win the affections of her boss' son
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The star machine
The star machineSilent starsAmerican cinema : one-hundred-years of filmmakingAnthony MannThe It's a wonderful life bookThe World War II combat film : anatomy of a genreSergeant York
Alternative Names
Jeanine Basinger conservadora de muséu estauxunidense

Джанин Бэссинджер