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978-1-4985-4896-0 • Hardback • April 2019 • $135.00 • (£104.00)
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James F. Scott is professor emeritus of English and film studies at Saint Louis University.
Introduction: “God’s Crucible”
Chapter One: Martin Scorsese
Chapter Two: Woody Allen
Chapter Three: Spike Lee
Epilogue: Twilight of the Tribes?
In the early 1990s—as independent films began to reflect the social tumult of US society—television and film producer James Scott (emer., English and film studies) began to follow the specific issues of identity, ethnicity, and race as treated in the films of Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Spike Lee. Scott chose these three because they represent social groups that had well-documented struggles with identity, social integration, and justice. This book derives from his investigations. Scott introduces his analyses with an extensive preface and summarizes his observations in an epilogue. He devotes a chapter to each filmmaker, and each receives a thorough consideration. Each film selected for study gets a detailed analysis based on, among other things, characters, plot structure, and directorial decisions. In addition, Scott traces the social influences through key historians, among them Frederick Jackson Turner, Grant Madison, and Israel Zangwell. The volume is enhanced by a 280-item bibliography and a 17-page index.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
— Choice Reviews
In a sequence of incisive analyses, James F. Scott demonstrates the foundational importance of ethnicity and race in the works of three of America’s most prominent film directors. His attentive readings take due account of the congruities and divergences in each director’s treatment of these major themes, most especially as they bear upon personal and artistic development and equally upon current issues of social identity and conflict.
— Robert Casillo, University of Miami
Jim Scott’s, erudite, energetic, and wonderfully written book, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Spike Lee: Ethnicity, Race, and Identity in the American Independent Film provides a crucial glimpse into an important area of the aesthetic production of the 1990s and the way the decade has affected the 21st century understanding of what it means to be an American. This book easily stands with The People v. O. J. Simpson as a major glimpse into the emerging picture of what now must be seen as one of the most important decades of the previous century.
— Stephen Casmier, Saint Louis University