Culture Meets Culture in the Movies

An Analysis East, West, North and South, with Filmographies


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About the Book

This is an examination of the interactions between people of different cultures as portrayed in relatively modern, commonly available American and European films. The cinema is a desirable medium through which to show cultural differences because it vividly portrays settings, actions and emotions, all of which greatly influence viewers’ perceptions.
Films showing relations of the United States, north and south; Japan, China, India, Asia, and Africa meeting the West; the clash between American Indians and white settlers; various other intercultural contrasts, multicultural voices in film, and the connection between popular film and intercultural studies—all are examined in this work. Each chapter concludes with a filmography.

About the Author(s)

David H. Budd lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

David H. Budd
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 280
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1095-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8315-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction     1

1 “Poor Relations”: North and South of the Border     15
2 Untranslatable Languages: Japan Meets the West     46
3 Never the Twain Shall Meet: China, India, and Asia Meet the West     72
4 “Black and White in Color”: Africa and the West     104
5 Around the World in Film: A Panoply of Intercultural Distinctions     132
6 “From a Different Spirit”: The Native and the New Americans     162
7 “The Unfinished Symphony”: Multicultural Voices in American Film     206
8 Popular Film and Intercultural Studies     249

Chapter Notes     259
Selected Bibliography     266
Index     271