Imaging the “Devil’s Excrement”: Big Oil in Petroleum Cinema, 1940–2007

Lifset, Robert; Black, Brian C.
June 2012
Journal of American History;Jun2012, Vol. 99 Issue 1, p135
Academic Journal
The article discusses the portrayal of the petroleum industry in motion pictures between 1940 and 2007. It examines several films that attempted to portray the changing image of the so-called "Big Oil" business as a representation of American life and crude oil. It analyzes films such as "The Formula," "Boom Town," and "Giant" and discusses how the films conveyed what was considered to be the changing business culture of the petroleum industry. Also examined are films that dealt with oil shortages and the moral and ethical aspects of the petroleum industry.


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