Coming of Sound

Coming of Sound

by Douglas Gomery, Gomery Gomery
     
 

The coming of sound to film was an event whose importance can hardly be overestimated; sound transformed not only the Hollywood film industry but all of world cinema as well. As economic and film historian Douglas Gomery explains, the business of film became not only bigger but much more complex. As sound spread its power, the talkies became an agent of economic

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Overview

The coming of sound to film was an event whose importance can hardly be overestimated; sound transformed not only the Hollywood film industry but all of world cinema as well. As economic and film historian Douglas Gomery explains, the business of film became not only bigger but much more complex. As sound spread its power, the talkies became an agent of economic and social change through the globe, extending America's reach in ways that had never before been imaginable.

This is an essential work for anyone interested in early film, film history and economics, and the history of the American media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415969000
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Gomery, one of the leading economic historians of film, is Professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Among his books are The Media in America and (as coauthor) Who Owns the Media?

Table of Contents

Preface : the research question, the method, and the data
1A preview : order and profit, not chaos1
2The preconditions for innovation7
3The Warner Bros. innovate sound23
4William Fox innovates sound47
5Warners' blockbuster : The singing fool55
6Paramount and Loew's wait, and then make their deal63
7The rise of RKO : the failure of all others77
8The diffusion of sound in the United States87
9Diffusion of sound throughout the world105
10The formation of the studio system : merger mania115
11Mopping up the loose ends139
12The coming of sound : a reinterpretation151

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