Flying down to Rio: Hollywood, Tourists, and Yankee Clippers

Flying down to Rio: Hollywood, Tourists, and Yankee Clippers

by Rosalie Schwartz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1585443824

ISBN-13: 9781585443826

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

"In this book, author Rosalie Schwartz uses the 1933 RKO-Radio Pictures production Flying Down to Rio as a point of departure from which to examine the interplay of technology and popular culture that shaped a distinctive twentieth-century sensibility. The musical comedy connected airplanes, movies, and tourism, ending spectacularly with chorus girls dancing on the…  See more details below

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"In this book, author Rosalie Schwartz uses the 1933 RKO-Radio Pictures production Flying Down to Rio as a point of departure from which to examine the interplay of technology and popular culture that shaped a distinctive twentieth-century sensibility. The musical comedy connected airplanes, movies, and tourism, ending spectacularly with chorus girls dancing on the wings of airplanes high above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil." Flying Down to Rio: Hollywood, Tourists, and Yankee Clippers shows the close connection between commerce, aviation, film, and empire. By the end of the twentieth century, reality caught up with and surpassed imagination. Aviation, movies, and mass tourism had become powerful global industries, contributing to an internationally connected, entertainment-oriented culture. What was once unthinkable had now become expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585443826
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Centennial of Flight Series, #10
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : an entertainment century3
Ch. 1Reflections on wonderlands21
Ch. 2Inventors and entertainers : aviation75
Ch. 3Inventors and entertainers : movies131
Ch. 4Surmountable contradictions181
Ch. 5Lines in the sky221
Ch. 6PAA and RKO : the Rio connection259
Ch. 7Musical fantasies, political realities303
Epilogue : movies, airplanes, and touristic urges343

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