American Masculinities in Contemporary Documentary Film: Up Close Behind the Mask (Routledge Advances in Film Studies) (Hardcover)
Most documentaries deal with men, but what do they actually say about masculinity? In this groundbreaking volume Sara Mart n analyses more than forty 21st-century documentaries to explore how they represent American men and masculinity.
From Jennifer Siebel Newsom's The Mask You Live In to Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro, this volume explores sixteen different faces of American masculinity: the good man, the activist, the politician, the whistleblower, the criminal, the sexual abuser, the wrongly accused, the dependent man, the soldier, the capitalist, the adventurer, the sportsman, the architect, the photographer, the musician, and the writer. The collective portrait drawn by the documentaries discloses a firm critical stance against the contradictions inherent in patriarchy, which makes American men promises of empowerment it cannot fulfill. The filmmakers' view of American masculinity emphasizes the vulnerability of disempowered men before the abuses of the patriarchal system run by hegemonic men and a loss of bearings about how to be a man after the impact of feminism, accompanied nonetheless by a celebration of resilient masculinity and of the good American man.
Firmly positioning documentaries as an immensely flexible, relevant tool to understand 21st-century American men and masculinity, their past, present, and future, this book will interest students and scholars of film studies, documentary film, American cultural studies, gender, and masculinity.