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Hollywood Cinema / Edition 2
     

Hollywood Cinema / Edition 2

by Richard Maltby
 

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ISBN-10: 0631216154

ISBN-13: 9780631216155

Pub. Date: 01/02/2008

Publisher: Wiley

This comprehensive introduction to Hollywood cinema provides a fascinating account of the world's most powerful film industry and examines its cultural and aesthetic significance. Taking a wide-ranging approach, and spotlighting such films as A Star is Born, Singing in the Rain, Forrest Gump, and Titanic, it explores and interprets Hollywood

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This comprehensive introduction to Hollywood cinema provides a fascinating account of the world's most powerful film industry and examines its cultural and aesthetic significance. Taking a wide-ranging approach, and spotlighting such films as A Star is Born, Singing in the Rain, Forrest Gump, and Titanic, it explores and interprets Hollywood cinema in history and in the present, in theory and in practice.

For this new edition, the book has been extensively revised, with the historical material updated, and including references to Hollywood movies after 1990. New features include box sections, further reading lists, and chapter summaries. Well illustrated and clearly written, this is an indispensable text for students and readers of Hollywood history and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631216155
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/02/2008
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
712
Sales rank:
1,255,658
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

List of Figures.

List of Box Sections.

Introduction: Taking Hollywood Seriously.

1. ’Metropolis of Make-Believe’:.

Art and Business.

The Commercial Aesthetics of Titanic.

A Classical Cinema?.

Hollywood and Its Audiences.

Ratings and Franchises.

Hollywood’s World.

Summary.

Notes for Further Reading.

2. Entertainment 1:.

Escape.

Money on the Screen.

The Multiple Logics of Hollywood Cinema.

Summary.

Notes for Further Reading.

3. Entertainment 2:.

The Play of Emotions.

Regulated Difference.

Singin’ in the Rain: How to Take Gene Kelly Seriously.

Summary.

Notes for Further Reading.

4. Genre:.

Introduction.

Genre Criticism.

Genre Recognition.

The Empires of Genres: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Genre and Gender.

Summary.

Further Reading.

5. Industry:.

Introduction.

Distribution and Exhibition.

Exporting America.

Divorcement.

The Studio System.

The Star System.

How Stars are Made: A Star Is Born (1937).

Summary.

Further Reading.

6. Industry 1948-1980:.

Introduction.

The Effects of Divorcement.

Roadshows and Teenpix.

Independents, Agents, and Television.

Corporate Consolidation and the ‘New Hollywood’.

Ratings.

Hollywood in the Multiplex.

Summary.

Further Reading.

7. Industry Since 1980:.

Introduction.

Video and New Markets.

The Pursuit of Synergy.

Globalization.

Independence.

Summary.

Further Reading.

8. Technology:.

Introduction.

Realism and the Myth of Total Cinema.

Sound.

Sunny Side Up.

Color.

Widescreen.

Technology and Power.

The Triumph of the Digital.

Summary.

Further Reading.

9. Politics:.

Introduction.

The Politics of Regulation.

Hollywood Goes to Washington.

Washington Goes to Hollywood.

Representing the Political Machine.

Controversy with Class: The Social Problem Movie.

Ideology.

Summary.

Further Reading.

10. Space 1:.

Introduction.

The Best View.

Making the Picture Speak: Representation and Expression.

The Optics of Expressive Space.

Deep Space: Three-Dimensionality on a Flat Screen.

Mise-en-scéne.

Editing.

Summary.

Further Reading.

11. Space 2:.

The Three ‘Looks’ of Cinema.

Points of View.

Safe and Unsafe Space.

Ordinary People.

Summary.

Further Reading.

12. Performance 1:.

Introduction.

The Spectacle of Movement.

The Movement of Narrative.

Acting as Impersonation.

The Actor’s Two Bodies.

Star Performance.

Summary.

Further Reading.

13. Performance 2:.

The Method.

Acting as a Signifying System.

Valentino.

The Son of the Sheik (1926).

Summary.

Further Reading.

14. Time:.

Introduction.

Time Out.

Film Time.

Movie Time.

Deadlines and Coincidences: Madigan (1968).

Mise-en-temps.

Tense.

Back to the Present: History as a Production Value.

The Politics of History: Forrest Gump (1994).

The Lessons of History: Juárez (1939).

Summary.

Further Reading.

15. Narrative:.

Narrative and Other Pleasures.

Show and Tell.

Theories of Narration.

Plot, Story, Narration.

Clarity: Transparency and Motivation.

Summary.

Further Reading.

16. Narrative 2:.

Regulating Meaning: The Production Code.

Clarity and Ambiguity in Casablanca.

Narrative Pressure.

Summary.

Further Reading.

17. Criticism:.

Introduction.

From Reviewing to Criticism.

Early Theory and Criticism in America.

From Criticism to Theory.

Criticism in Practice: Only Angels Have Wings.

Summary.

Further Reading.

18. Theories:.

Entering the Academy.

Structuralism and Semiology.

Cinema, Ideology, Apparatus.

Psychoanalysis and Cinema.

The Spectator.

Feminist Theory.

Neoformalism and Cognitivism.

From Reception to History.

Summary.

Further Reading.

19. Chronology:.

Glossary.

Appendices.

The Motion Picture Production Code.

The Code and Rating System, 1968.

The Classification and Ratings System: “What the Ratings Mean”.

Consolidated Notes.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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