15. Fossil Frontiers

American Petroleum History on Film

  1. Robert A. Rosenstone2 and
  2. Constantin Parvulescu3
  1. Georgiana Banita

Published Online: 19 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118322673.ch15

A Companion to the Historical Film

A Companion to the Historical Film

How to Cite

Banita, G. (2013) Fossil Frontiers, in A Companion to the Historical Film (eds R. A. Rosenstone and C. Parvulescu), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118322673.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Caltech, USA

  2. 3

    West University of Timisoara, Romania

Author Information

  1. University of Bamberg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337242

Online ISBN: 9781118322673



  • fossil frontiers;
  • American foundational myths;
  • historical oil films;
  • oil film;
  • cinema history;
  • histrionic costume drama;
  • American sentimentality;
  • petroleum history


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Up from the Prairie, Overnight”: Cimarron

  • The Derrick that Broke the Plains: Tulsa

  • The Giant of Desire

  • Principal Location: The Oil Well

  • Creation Myths of American Cinema: There Will Be Blood

  • References