History of the American Cinema: Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930-1939

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Celebrated as "Hollywood's greatest year, " 1939 has often been considered the apex of the studio system and the movies it produced, including Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and so many other memorable pictures. It was a time when the studios exercised nearly absolute control over their product and won government sanction for the informal oligopoly that had sprung up in previous decades. In short, the film industry became a modern business enterprise - rationalized from planning through assembly-line manufacture to exhibition in studio-owned theater chains. Even community reception and the public personas of such great stars as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart were subject to studio influence. In this fifth volume of the award-winning History of the American Cinema, Tino Balio examines every aspect of the filmmaking and film exhibition system as it matured during the Depression era. He discusses the Hollywood studios (major, minor, and "poverty row") in relation to their all-powerful (and little understood) front offices in New York; the prevailing exhibition and advertising practices; the star system; and the key trends that dominated Hollywood production: prestige pictures, musicals, women's films, comedies, social problem films, and horror pictures. A number of distinguished guest contributors fill out the picture with analyses of censorship and the emergence of the Production Code (Richard Maltby), technology and the "classical" Hollywood style (David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson), the B Film (Brian Taves), documentary (Charles Wolfe), and the avant-garde (Jan-Christopher Horak).

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This fifth volume in the History of the American Cinema series sketches a broad-ranging history of American movies during the Great Depression years. It emphasizes how the social and political backdrop of the 1930s was reflected in film and how Hollywood adapted technologically and economically to the cinematic trends of the decade--the talkies, the rise of individual stars, the public cry for censorship, and the development of B films, avant-garde film, and documentaries.

Each of the 10 chapters begins with a short overview of the subject later covered in detail, and each ends with a summary of the thesis of the chapter. Some were written by Balio, a professor of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin, and others were contributed by other film scholars. The book is illustrated with striking, large black-and-white photos of film scenes and of actors and studio executives referred to in the text.

Although a great number of films are mentioned in each chapter, the purpose of the book is not to provide criticism. The authors are more concerned with how the American public reacted to a film than with analyzing it critically. There is considerable discussion about how the great film studios developed during this formative decade.

Appendixes include a list of the top-grossing films of the 1930s (compiled by Variety), an Academy Award list by year, and Film Daily's "Ten Best Films" for each year of the decade. An extensive bibliography, a general index, and an index of films conclude the book.

There are many histories of American film that cover the films of this period with more critical attention, but this is the most comprehensive treatment of the film industry during the thirties. It will be most useful in the circulating collections of public and academic libraries supporting film-studies and business-history programs. Large research libraries may also find it valuable to include a copy of Grand Design (as well as the other books in this series) in their film reference collections.

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Descripción Cengage Gale, United States, 1993. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Celebrated as Hollywood s greatest year, 1939 has often been considered the apex of the studio system and the movies it produced, including Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and so many other memorable pictures. It was a time when the studios exercised nearly absolute control over their product and won government sanction for the informal oligopoly that had sprung up in previous decades. In short, the film industry became a modern business enterprise - rationalized from planning through assembly-line manufacture to exhibition in studio-owned theater chains. Even community reception and the public personas of such great stars as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart were subject to studio influence. In this fifth volume of the award-winning History of the American Cinema, Tino Balio examines every aspect of the filmmaking and film exhibition system as it matured during the Depression era. He discusses the Hollywood studios (major, minor, and poverty row ) in relation to their all-powerful (and little understood) front offices in New York; the prevailing exhibition and advertising practices; the star system; and the key trends that dominated Hollywood production: prestige pictures, musicals, women s films, comedies, social problem films, and horror pictures. A number of distinguished guest contributors fill out the picture with analyses of censorship and the emergence of the Production Code (Richard Maltby), technology and the classical Hollywood style (David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson), the B Film (Brian Taves), documentary (Charles Wolfe), and the avant-garde (Jan-Christopher Horak). Nº de ref. de la librería FLT9780684191157

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Descripción Cengage Gale, United States, 1993. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Celebrated as Hollywood s greatest year, 1939 has often been considered the apex of the studio system and the movies it produced, including Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and so many other memorable pictures. It was a time when the studios exercised nearly absolute control over their product and won government sanction for the informal oligopoly that had sprung up in previous decades. In short, the film industry became a modern business enterprise - rationalized from planning through assembly-line manufacture to exhibition in studio-owned theater chains. Even community reception and the public personas of such great stars as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart were subject to studio influence. In this fifth volume of the award-winning History of the American Cinema, Tino Balio examines every aspect of the filmmaking and film exhibition system as it matured during the Depression era. He discusses the Hollywood studios (major, minor, and poverty row ) in relation to their all-powerful (and little understood) front offices in New York; the prevailing exhibition and advertising practices; the star system; and the key trends that dominated Hollywood production: prestige pictures, musicals, women s films, comedies, social problem films, and horror pictures. A number of distinguished guest contributors fill out the picture with analyses of censorship and the emergence of the Production Code (Richard Maltby), technology and the classical Hollywood style (David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson), the B Film (Brian Taves), documentary (Charles Wolfe), and the avant-garde (Jan-Christopher Horak). Nº de ref. de la librería FLT9780684191157

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