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The Classical Hollywood Reader

Author: Steve Neale
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113572007X
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The Classical Hollywood Reader brings together essential readings to provide a history of Hollywood from the 1910s to the mid 1960s. Following on from a Prologue that discusses the aesthetic characteristics of Classical Hollywood films, Part 1 covers the period between the 1910s and the mid-to-late 1920s. It deals with the advent of feature-length films in the US and the growing national and international dominance of the companies responsible for their production, distribution and exhibition. In doing so, it also deals with film making practices, aspects of style, the changing roles played by women in an increasingly business-oriented environment, and the different audiences in the US for which Hollywood sought to cater. Part 2 covers the period between the coming of sound in the mid 1920s and the beginnings of the demise of the `studio system` in late 1940s. In doing so it deals with the impact of sound on films and film production in the US and Europe, the subsequent impact of the Depression and World War II on the industry and its audiences, the growth of unions, and the roles played by production managers and film stars at the height of the studio era. Part 3 deals with aspects of style, censorship, technology, and film production. It includes articles on the Production Code, music and sound, cinematography, and the often neglected topic of animation. Part 4 covers the period between 1946 and 1966. It deals with the demise of the studio system and the advent of independent production. In an era of demographic and social change, it looks at the growth of drive-in theatres, the impact of television, the advent of new technologies, the increasing importance of international markets, the Hollywood blacklist, the rise in art house imports and in overseas production, and the eventual demise of the Production Code. Designed especially for courses on Hollywood Cinema, the Reader includes a number of newly researched and written chapters and a series of introductions to each of its parts. It concludes with an epilogue, a list of resources for further research, and an extensive bibliography.

Classical Hollywood Comedy

Author: Kristine Brunovska Karnick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135213232
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Applies the recent `return to history' in film studies to the genre of classical Hollywood comedy as well as broadening the definition of those works considered central in this field.

Gestures Of Love

Author: Steven Rybin
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 143846553X
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Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen. Gestures of Love considers the viewer’s enchantment with charismatic actors in film as the starting point for closely analyzing the performance of love in movies. Written with a thoughtful adoration for the actors who move us, Steven Rybin examines several of cinema’s most beloved on-screen movie couples, including Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and William Powell, Carole Lombard and John Barrymore, Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, and Rock Hudson and Dorothy Malone. Using the classical genres of screwball comedy, film noir, and the family melodrama as touchstones, Rybin places the depiction of romance in films into dialogue with the viewer’s own emotional bond to the actors on the screen. In doing so, he offers rich new analyses of such classic films as Bringing Up Baby, The Thin Man, Twentieth Century, Laura, To Have and Have Not, Tea and Sympathy, Written on the Wind, and more. “Steven Rybin’s Gestures of Love presents a compelling series of close readings focused on cinematic performances from the classical Hollywood era—a series of readings that not only function independently but also build and reflect on one another as the text moves forward. Engagingly written and unapologetically driven by the author’s own pleasures, the text will appeal to readers interested in cinephilia, actors in performance, and classical Hollywood more generally.” — David T. Johnson, author of Richard Linklater “Gestures of Love is the first book to explore issues of stardom and performance through the lens of cinephilia studies. Steven Rybin astutely demonstrates how a star couple’s performance of love may be refracted through a viewer’s love of performance. Lucid and invigorating, this book reconsiders celebrated duos, from Hepburn and Grant to Bogart and Bacall to Hudson and Malone, as well as the evolution of love in classical Hollywood.” — Rashna Wadia Richards, author of Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood

The Silent Cinema Reader

Author: Lee Grieveson
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415252843
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The Silent Cinema Reader brings together key writings on cinema from the beginnings of film in 1894 to the advent of sound in 1927, addressing the development of film production and exhibition technologies, methods of distribution, film form, and film culture during this critical period on film history. Thematic sections address: film projection and variety shows; storytelling and the Nickelodeon; cinema and reform; feature films and cinema programs; classical Hollywood cinema and European national cinemas. Each section is introduced by the editors, and contains suggestions for further readings and film viewings.

The Classical Hollywood Cinema

Author: David Bordwell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134988095
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'A dense, challenging and important book.' Philip French Observer 'At the very least, this blockbuster is probably the best single volume history of Hollywood we're likely to get for a very long time.' Paul Kerr City Limits 'Persuasively argued, the book is also packed with facts, figures and photographs.' Nigel Andrews Financial Times Acclaimed for their breakthrough approach, Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson analyze the basic conditions of American film-making as a historical institution and consider to what extent Hollywood film production constitutes a systematic enterprise, in both its style and its business operations. Despite differences of director, genre or studio, most Hollywood films operate within a set of shared assumptions about how a film should look and sound. Such assumptions are neither natural nor inevitable; but because classical-style films have been the type most widely seen, they have come to be accepted as the 'norm' of film-making and viewing. The authors show how these classical conventions were formulated and standardized, and how they responded to the arrival of sound, colour, widescreen ratios and stereophonic sound. They argue that each new technological development has served a function within an existing narrational system. The authors also examine how the Hollywood cinema standardized the film-making process itself. They describe how, over the course of its history, Hollywood developed distinct modes of production in a constant search for maximum efficiency, predictability and novelty. Set apart by its combination of theoretical analysis and empirical evidence, this book is the standard work on the classical Hollywood cinema style of film-making from the silent era to the 1960s. Now available in paperback, it is a 'must' for film students, lecturers and all those seriously interested in the development of the film industry.

Death Of The Moguls

Author: Wheeler Winston Dixon
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813553784
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Death of the Moguls is a detailed assessment of the last days of the “rulers of film.” Wheeler Winston Dixon examines the careers of such moguls as Harry Cohn at Columbia, Louis B. Mayer at MGM, Jack L. Warner at Warner Brothers, Adolph Zukor at Paramount, and Herbert J. Yates at Republic in the dying days of their once-mighty empires. He asserts that the sheer force of personality and business acumen displayed by these moguls made the studios successful; their deaths or departures hastened the studios’ collapse. Almost none had a plan for leadership succession; they simply couldn't imagine a world in which they didn’t reign supreme. Covering 20th Century-Fox, Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Republic Pictures, Monogram Pictures and Columbia Pictures, Dixon briefly introduces the studios and their respective bosses in the late 1940s, just before the collapse, then chronicles the last productions from the studios and their eventual demise in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He details such game-changing factors as the de Havilland decision, which made actors free agents; the Consent Decree, which forced the studios to get rid of their theaters; how the moguls dealt with their collapsing empires in the television era; and the end of the conventional studio assembly line, where producers had rosters of directors, writers, and actors under their command. Complemented by rare, behind-the-scenes stills, Death of the Moguls is a compelling narrative of the end of the studio system at each of the Hollywood majors as television, the de Havilland decision, and the Consent Decree forced studios to slash payrolls, make the shift to color, 3D, and CinemaScope in desperate last-ditch efforts to save their kingdoms. The aftermath for some was the final switch to television production and, in some cases, the distribution of independent film.

Hollywood Comedians The Film Reader

Author: Frank Krutnik
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415235525
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Essays explore a variety of comedy films and comedians, from the silent era to the present day, covering such performers as the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball, and Jerry Lewis.

Classical Hollywood Und Kontinentale Philosophie

Author: Ivo Ritzer
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658066202
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​Die Autorinnen und Autoren nehmen paradigmatische Analysen von spezifischen Produktionen des Classical Hollywood aus genuin philosophischer Perspektive vor. Leitfragen weisen sie je kulturellen, generischen und/oder autorspezifischen Kontexten zu, wobei sowohl anthropologische, psychoanalytische, phänomenologische als auch poststrukturalistische Theorien der kontinentalen Philosophie den methodischen Horizont bilden. In dieser Hinsicht wird eine multiperspektivische Situierung der Untersuchungsgegenstände geleistet, um eine differenzierte Betrachtung des Systems von Classical Hollywood sicher zu stellen. Ziel ist, eine komparatistische Sicht auf unterschiedliche Genres, Filmemacher und Bildpraktiken zu ermöglichen, so dass die differenten Facetten des Classical Hollywood sichtbar werden.


Author: Patricia White
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253213457
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Lesbian characters, stories, and images were barred from onscreen depiction in Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 1960s together with all forms of "sex perversion." Through close readings of gothics, ghost films, and maternal melodramas addressed to female audiences, Uninvited argues that viewers are "invited" to make lesbian "inferences."


Author: Gary Morris
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781843313137
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‘Action!’ presents nineteen outstanding interviews with directors past and present, from around the world, working in a variety of genres, budgets and production environments from major studios to indie and DIY. The result is a vibrant group portrait of the filmmaking art, a kind of festival in words that explores everything from the enormous creative and personal satisfactions to the challenges and frustrations of the process.