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Altman’s Conclusion American culture is “marked by a sense of absence, a sense of loss which is repeatedly assimilated to the Christian notion of the Fall. In consequence, much American imaginative endeavor is self-consciously redemptive in nature. . .the need for redemption, the recovery of lost values, is what energizes American creative production” More of a secular religious feel, sense of restoring Eden in a falling society “Hollywood’s major genre might well all be redefined from the standpoint of the particular Eden that they set out to recover” (360) ( gives examples of how this works in the western, melodrama, screwball comedy, detective genre, film noir, and war film genres) “Hollywood genre films turn on the discovery of a redeeming hero or set of values, capable of restoring the lost Eden.” This means even the musical’s subgenres take on a particular redemptive function o Fairy tale: fashions its myth around a commoner (often an American)
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