The American dream and American cinema in the age of Trump : from object relations to social relations / Graham S. Clarke and Ross Clarke.

Clarke, Graham S. [Browse]
  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023.
  • ©2023
xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


  • Psychoanalysis and popular culture series [More in this series]
  • The psychoanalysis and popular culture series
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"The American Dream and American Cinema in the Age of Trump uses both film theory and insights from object relations theory in order to examine how recent films address and reflect the state of the 'American Dream'. This fascinating book looks at how the American Dream is one of the organizing ideas of American cinema, and one of the most influential cultural outputs of the twenty-first century, at a time of internal crisis. In an era characterized by populism, climate change, and economic uncertainty, the book considers nine auteur films in how they illustrate the challenges of contemporary America. Graham S. Clarke and Ross Clarke present a bifocal perspective on some of the most well-received American films of recent years and how they relate to the American Dream in the context of the Trump presidency. For each of the nine films discussed, two different accounts are presented side by side so that each film is considered from an (internal world) object relations psychoanalytic point of view as well as an (external world) film and cultural theory perspective. This unique approach is complemented by discussion of political and critical theory, providing a thorough and engaging analysis. Challenging and insightful, The American Dream and American Cinema in the Age of Trump will be of great interest to scholars of cinema, popular culture, American studies and psychoanalytic studies"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references, filmography (pages [225]-230) and index.
  • Introduction: the American dream and a binocular approach to analysing film
  • 1. External worlds: American dream, American nightmare: cinema in the age of Trump
  • 2. Internal worlds: Fairbairn's psychology of dynamic structure
  • 3. The Revenant (Iñárritu, 2015): the past is another country
  • 4. Roma (Cuarón, 2018): anamorphic social realism
  • 5. First reformed ((The Old Guard) Schrader, 2017): as little as possible; roads to freedom
  • 6. Sicario (Villeneuve, 2015): the rule of law and the terrorist state
  • 7. Joker (Phillips, 2019): put on a happy face
  • 8. You were never really here (Ramsay, 2017): being the law and PTSD
  • 9. Windows (McQueen, 2018): a heist on patriarchy
  • 10. Us (Peele, 2019): underclass! The return of the repressed
  • 11. Once upon a time in Hollywood (Tarantino, 2019): the way I see things
  • Conclusion: reflections on the USA presidential elections and the end of Trump: the king is dead; long live the king
  • Epilogue: Nomadland (Zhao, 2020): refuge of the road: the starry misfits of old new frontiers.
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