Somebody: I Wanna Be Somebody; I’m Gonna Be Somebody–Myths in American Cinema and Culture

Research in Progress (April 14, 2021)

Recurrent Themes in American Cinema: Being Somebody

I Wanna Be Somebody;

I’m gonna be somebody

Fragile Sense of Identity

Search for Identity

Fear of Losing Authentic Identity


Select Films:

A Star Is Born, 1937

Annie Get Your Gun

Boyz N the Hood, 1991

Little Caesar, 1931

Little Women, 1933, 1948, 1994, 2018

On the Waterfront, 1954 (I coulda been a contender….)