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The advent of color, big musicals, the studio system, and the beginning of institutionalized censorship made the thirties the defining decade for Hollywood. The year 1939, celebrated as "Hollywood's greatest year," saw the release of such memorable films as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Stagecoach. It was a time when the studios exercised nearly absolute control over their product as well as over such stars as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart.
In this fifth volume of the award-winning series History of the American Cinema, Tino Balio examines every aspect of the filmmaking and film exhibition system as it matured during the Depression era.
|2||Surviving the Great Depression||13|
|3||The Production Code and the Hays Office||37|
|4||Feeding the Maw of Exhibition||73|
|5||Technological Change and Classical Film Style||109|
|The Woman's Film||235|
|Social Problem Films||280|
|8||The B Film: Hollywood's Other Half||313|
|9||The Poetics and Politics of Nonfiction: Documentary Film||351|
|App. Variety's Top-grossing Films||405|
|App. Major Academy Awards||407|
|App. Film Daily's Ten Best Films||411|
|List of Abbreviations||413|
|Index of Films||473|
Posted August 12, 2001
Grand Design goes behind the glammar of Hollywood's Golden Age and eloquently debunks a curious myth about the American Motion Picture Industry - that it is depression proof. The market crash of 1929 effected Hollywood as it did the rest of the country and the text gives the reader a real sense of what was at stake. This book in combination with the previous text in the series about the Talkie Revolution are books any true film buff, student, or professional would want to have in their collection. this series is great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.