Contents List of Figures ix Preface xi Introduction xiii Section 1: Thematic Essays The Socialization Process: How Films Define Generational Consciousness 3 Capitalism and the Film Industry: Creating and Distributing Cinema in the Age of Television 15 The American Myth Machine: Film as a National Visual Literature 27 American Religiosity in the Age of Entertainment: Hollywood and American Values 39 Section 2: Boomers Make the Blockbuster (1975–1982) Alien 53 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 57 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 61 The Exorcist 65 Grease 69 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark 73 Jaws 76 Kramer vs. Kramer 80 9 to 5 84 One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest 88
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