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Basinger, Jeanine

Works: 51 works in 215 publications in 3 languages and 9,894 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  Biographical films  War films  Historical films  Horror films  Television adaptations 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Commentator, Consultant, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, ed, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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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 )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,244 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 )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,082 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 )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 876 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 )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 876 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"--
American cinema : one-hundred-years of filmmaking by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 865 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 held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthony Mann by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The It's a wonderful life book by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gene Kelly : anatomy of a dancer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 392 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
Casting by( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and German and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film places the spotlight on one of filmmaking's unsung heroes, casting director Marion Dougherty, and takes viewers on a journey through 50 years of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective. Relying on her exquisite taste and gut instincts, Dougherty helped usher in the 'New Hollywood' with movies like Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, and Bonnie and Clyde
The World War II combat film : anatomy of a genre by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 268 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
Week-end in Havana( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 194 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
Working with Kazan by Conn.) Wesleyan University (Middletown( Book )

9 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sergeant York by Howard Hawks( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 150 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( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 133 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
Stephen King's It by Phish (Musical group)( Visual )

2 editions published between 1927 and 2003 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vivacious shop-girl sets out to win the affections of her boss' son
Shirley Temple by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

5 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Capra bonus disc( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of documentary films about the life and work of Frank Capra
Lana Turner by Jeanine Basinger( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Columbia Pictures : portrait of a studio by Bernard F Dick( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recent 3.4 billion purchase of Columbia Pictures by Sony Corporation focused attention on a studio that had survived one of Hollywood's worst scandals under David Begelman, as well as ownership by Coca-Cola and David Puttnam's misguided attempt to bring back the studio's glory days. Columbia Pictures traces Columbia's history from its beginnings as the CBC Film Sales Company (nicknamed ""Corned Beef and Cabbage"") through the regimes of Harry Cohn and his successors, and concludes with a vivid portrait of today's corporate Hollywood, with its investment bankers, entertainment lawyers, agen
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The star machine
Alternative Names
Jeanine Basinger American curator

Джанин Бэссинджер



English (152)

Spanish (5)

German (2)

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 YorkFrank Capra bonus disc