Best Years: Going to the Movies, 1945-1946

Best Years: Going to the Movies, 1945-1946

by Charles Affron, Mirella Jona Affron
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081354582X

ISBN-13: 9780813545820

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Americans flocked to the movies in 1945 and 1946-a critical juncture in American history and American cinema and the central point of the three-decade heyday of the studio system's sound era. Best Years recaptures this transformative time through a rich blend of screen genres-from the battlefront to the home front, the peace film to the woman's film, psychological

Overview

Americans flocked to the movies in 1945 and 1946-a critical juncture in American history and American cinema and the central point of the three-decade heyday of the studio system's sound era. Best Years recaptures this transformative time through a rich blend of screen genres-from the battlefront to the home front, the peace film to the woman's film, psychological drama, and the period's provocative new style, film noir. In Atlanta and Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, Chicago and Honolulu, and small cities in between, the bond between screen and viewer was perhaps never tighter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813545820
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Standing Room Only U.S.A., January 1, 1945-December 31, 1946 3

2 Over Here Detroit, February 10, 1945, Since You Went Away and The Very Thought of You 16

3 Nation Atlanta, April 12, 1945, Wilson 46

4 Over There Honolulu, June 26, 1945, Back to Bataan 86

5 Stars Los Angeles, November 22, 1945, Hollywood Canteen 114

6 Big Picture Boston, January 1, 1946, Forever Amber 142

7 Imports Philadelphia, April 25, 1946, and June 5, 1946, Open City 165

8 Homecoming Chicago, December 18, 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives 201

9 Continuous Showings New York City, January 1, 1945-December 31, 1946 239

Appendix A Boxoffice Rankings 289

Appendix B Star Rankings 297

Notes 299

Index 323

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