By Leger Grindon

Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema is the 1st book-length learn of the Hollywood boxing movie, a well-liked motion picture leisure because the Nineteen Thirties, that comes with such classics as Million buck Baby, Rocky, and Raging Bull. The boxer stands along the cowboy, the gangster, and the detective as a personality that formed America's principles 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, really Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali; and controversies surrounding masculinity, race, and sports.

Knockout breaks new floor in movie style learn via targeting the elemental dramatic conflicts uniting either documentary and fictional movies with compelling social issues. The boxing movie portrays greater than the increase and fall of a champion; it exposes the physique with a view to show the spirit. no longer easily a brute, the reveal boxer dramatizes conflicts and aspirations critical to an American audience's adventure. This ebook beneficial properties 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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