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Cinemas of the Wild

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 50-51
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5501.50a

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Reel Nature America's Romance with Wildlife on Film. By Gregg Mitman. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999. 303 pp. $29.95. ISBN 0-674-71571-3. Wildlife Films. By Derek Bousé, . University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia, 2000. 296 pp. $55. ISBN 0-8122-3555-X. Paper, $22.50. ISBN 0-8122-1728-4.

These books examine the long and rich history of nature films. Mitman focuses on how the interaction of science, cultural values, and motion-picture technologies has shaped American views of wildlife. Bousé, argues that the genre's emphasis on telling stories rather than revealing fact has made it so successful at popularizing science.