Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
New York and Los AngelesThe Uncertain Future$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778386.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 15 December 2017

New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago as Depicted in Hit Movies

New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago as Depicted in Hit Movies

Chapter:
(p.484) Chapter 18 New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago as Depicted in Hit Movies
Source:
New York and Los Angeles
Author(s):

David Halle

Eric Vanstrom

Jan Reiff

Ted Nitschke

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778386.003.0018

This chapter examines depictions of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago in hit movies. It shows that each of these three cities is associated in public perceptions, perhaps even stereotyped, with one or more specific images or perspectives. New York basically reflects whatever appears to be the dominant image(s) of city/urban life at the time the movie is made, so New York's depiction changes as those dominant image(s) change. In short, New York is a stand-in for the currently popular notion of big city life. Chicago, by contrast, is stereotyped around four main images that have remained strikingly constant over time. These include gangsters and political corruption; ethnic groups; a vibrant urban center containing both jobs and a cutting-edge cultural life; and dull, bedroom-commuter suburbs that surround the vibrant urban core. Los Angeles's depictions fall midway between Chicago's thematic stability and New York's urban adaptability.

Keywords:   motion pictures, cities, popular attitudes, representations, city life

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .