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Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics, and Popular Culture [Paperback]

Eric Greene
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Feb. 10 2000
A lively exploration of the Planet of the Apes films as racial allegory.

In 1968, Planet of the Apes became a megahit movie both in the US and abroad, inspiring four film sequels, two TV series, several comic series, and hundreds of millions of dollars in worldwide merchandising. The Apes films confronted some of the most controversial issues of the time, including Vietnam and the Black Power movement, all the while remaining crowd pleasing box office hits.

Eric Greene uses rare photographs, transcripts, and extensive interviews with the writers, directors, actors, and producers to read the Apes saga as a profoundly American myth. Greene also looks at the attempts of filmmakers like Oliver Stone and James Cameron to remake the myth for the 90s. This enjoyable and meticulous book gives the reader an insider's look at the complex relationships between race, politics and popular culture in America.

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"[Tim Burton's new version tries to . . . incorporate ideas from Planet of the Apes as American Myth, Eric Greene's resourceful 1996 social analysis of the film and its sequels. Mr. Greene thoughtfully examined the racial politics that made the pictures both tough-minded and slightly repugnant." --New York Times review of Burton's remake

"Greene makes an utterly plausible case . . . you'll be scratching your head in humbled agreement."--Entertainment Weekly

"Astute . . . intelligently and cleverly written . . . fascinating scholarship."--Cinescape

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6 x 9 trim. 52 illus. LC 98-31193

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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC and EYE-OPENING Sept. 30 2003
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It's all too rare that I come across a book like this -- one that is profound and intelligent about popular culture. Greene makes you think about the Apes films in whole new ways, but unlike a lot of social analysis of movies doesn't overreach. This book is already in the library of most die-hard Apes fans, but it should also be read by students of film in general and in fact anoyone wanting to hear a fresh, original and intelligent thinker about popular culture and social issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars APES AS MYTH....AND METAPHOR June 17 2002
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What an outstanding and comprehensive look at this phenomenal series! Eric has thoroughly researched and written about this particular aspect of American pop culture and its relevance to historical events that has been sorely neglected since Planet of the Apes hit the big screen in 1968. Given the tumultuous era in which the Apes series flourished, it is surprising that Eric was able to squeeze so much information and insight into one little book. Nice, breezy narration. Great wit!
Good work, Eric. Hope to see more from you soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars APES AS MYTH....AND METAPHOR June 17 2002
Format:Paperback
What an outstanding and comprehensive look at this phenomenal series! Eric has thoroughly researched and written about this particular aspect of American pop culture and its relevance to historical events that has been sorely neglected since Planet of the Apes hit the big screen in 1968. Given the tumultuous era in which the Apes series flourished, it is surprising that Eric was able to squeeze so much information and insight into one little book. Nice, breezy narration. Great wit!
Good work, Eric. Hope to see more from you soon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok Planet of the Apes book Dec 20 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I think Eric Greene did a good jop on writing this book.Though it does not cover any behind the scenes imformation.Its main focus is the political themes of the apes series.It tells about how the movies,TV shows,and more are related about probems(like Veitnam)in the 60s and 70s.Its a good book over all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lighten up! Aug. 14 2001
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After reading this book and contemplating just how seriously Mr. Greene takes the Planet of the Apes movies, I can only say one thing: his premise would make for a great magazine article. :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Apes and Us July 26 2001
Format:Paperback
Very insightful. The use of film to describe and explain contemporary society is intriguing. While I may not agree with all his points he is articulate and gives one food for thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is Apes really about? Here is the answer. July 26 2001
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For anyone who asks the question "What are these Apes movies really about?" - here is the answer. Eric Greene's Planet of the Apes as American Myth is a thought provoking look at the movies and television series as a vehicle for explaining American social and political culture. His analysis of the internal class cultural cleavages which exist in "ape" society, i.e. the oppressive relationship between light skinned Orangutans and dark skinned Gorillas, as well as the external relationship beween apes and humans as a reflection of American race politics is brilliant and thoroughly convincing. From "ape" protests in the movies to American protests of the Vietnam war, the analogies to American politics and culture go on and on. Greene's arguments show that the choices which are made in telling the story are not separate from the political and social culture from which they are written. Through interviews with the writers and actors and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, the reader will be convinced that Greene's arguments are valid and, as a result, will gain a deeper appreciation for the Apes movies and television series. Greene shows there is a lot to be learned from the Apes films and T.V. series, not just in its examination of culutral and political problems, but also in its exploration of our futile attempts at solving them. A must read for anyone who goes to the movies - period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly...and still thoroughly entertaining July 26 2001
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Eric Greene proves in his book to be an intelligent, articulate, scholarly author--with none of the stuffiness than can often accompany scholarship. He has found a fascinating way to examine a genre of entertainment, the entire Apes series, from a new perspective that makes us consider more than just the surface while we're enjoying what we're watching. To paraphrase Taylor from the first movie, although not doing justice to Charlton Heston's delivery, would a scholar...write a thought-provoking book...that ENTERTAINS?? Thankfully, in this case, the answer is a clear "yes."
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