Rebels and Chicks by Stephen Tropiano
A History of the Hollywood Teen Movie

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Synopsis

• Entertaining yet insightful analysis of more than 100 films for and about teenagers—illustrated with photos of iconic moments

• Filmography of teen movies



From Mickey and Judy putting on a show, to James Dean rebelling without a cause, to Molly Ringwald crying on her sixteenth birthday, teen movies have reflected the social, political, and cultural climate of their times for more than fifty years. The book begins with a look at the image of teenagers in pre-1950s Hollywood cinema. Among the topics discussed are exploitation films of the 1930s, such as Reefer Madness and Cocaine Fiends, the roles assigned to teen performers such as Elizabeth Taylor and Natalie Wood, and the “criminals-in-training” films of the 1940s, such as the serials featuring the East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys.
 

About Stephen Tropiano

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Stephen Tropianois the author ofPrime Time Closet: A History of the Gays and Lesbians on TVas well as the editor of theJournal of Film and Video, the oldest film journal in the United States. He is the director of the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, where he teaches film, television history, theory, and criticism. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published August 1, 2005 by Back Stage Books. 304 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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