Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema

Leger Grindon


Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema is the 1st book-length research of the Hollywood boxing movie, a well-liked motion picture leisure because the Nineteen Thirties, that incorporates such classics as Million greenback Baby, Rocky, and Raging Bull. The boxer stands along the cowboy, the gangster, and the detective as a personality that formed America's rules of manhood. Leger Grindon relates the Hollywood boxing movie to the literature of Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, and Clifford Odets; the effect of ring champions, relatively Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali; and controversies surrounding masculinity, race, and sports.

Knockout breaks new flooring in movie style learn by means of concentrating on the basic dramatic conflicts uniting either documentary and fictional motion pictures with compelling social matters. The boxing movie portrays greater than the increase and fall of a champion; it exposes the physique on the way to demonstrate the spirit. no longer easily a brute, the reveal boxer dramatizes conflicts and aspirations primary to an American audience's adventure. This publication positive factors chapters at the conventions of the boxing movie, the historical past of the style and its courting to well-known ring champions, and self-contained remedies of thirty-two person motion pictures together with a bankruptcy dedicated to Raging Bull.

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