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John Dos Passos and Cinema

Lisa Nanney

Abstract

John Dos Passos & Cinema, the first study to use the novelist’s little-known writing for the screen to assess the trajectory of his prolific career, explores both how film aesthetics shaped his revolutionary modernist narratives and how he later reshaped them directly into film form. The book features previously unpublished manuscripts and correspondence illustrating case studies of his screen writing during the 1930s for Hollywood feature films and in an innovative independent treatment; it examines the complexities of his role in the 1937 political documentary The Spanish Earth; and it explo ... More

Keywords: modernism, montage, film aesthetics, Spanish Civil War, literature and politics, experimental theatre, Hollywood, Communism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781942954873
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781942954873.001.0001

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Lisa Nanney, author

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Part I (1917–1928) From the Stage to the Screen: “Goin’ to the Movies …” in the Great War and the 1920s

Part II (1934–1937) From Paramount Studios to the Spanish Front: Writing Hollywood, Filming History

Part III (1937–1970) From Page to Stage to Screens: Adapting U.S.A. and “the truth as I see it”

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