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Character in American Cinema
by G. Murphy Donovan (January 2011)
"When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome. Then, of course, you spoke."- Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets
All literature is the search for a better metaphor. If this is true, cinema might be described as a quest for a better image, literally and figuratively. Film and the associated crafts play a large role in the way Americans see themselves and the way others see America. For good or ill, movies are celluloid and digital records of shifting American values and culture. more>>>