Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History and Method

Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History and Method

by Jon Lewis
     
 

A collection of essays illustrating new methods and theories of film history.

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A collection of essays illustrating new methods and theories of film history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822338215
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The History of Film History / Eric Smoodin 1

I. Institutional Histories 35

The Beginning of American Film Study / Dana Polan 37

The Perfect Money Machine(s): George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Auteurism in the New Hollywood / Jon Lewis 61

II. Star Studies 87

Lois Weber and the Celebrity of Matronly Respectability / Shelley Stamp 89

Tempting Fate: Clara Smith Hamon, or, The Secretary as Producer / Mark Lynn Anderson 117

The Crafting of a Political Icon: Lola Lola on Paper / Andrea Slane 151

III. Regulation 167

Going Hollywood Sooner or Later: Chinese Censorship and The Bitter Tea of General Yen / Eric Smoodin 169

Plain Brown Wrapper: Adult Films for the Home Market, 1930-1969 / Eric Schaefer 201

IV. Reception 227

Ethnography and Exhibition: The Child Audience, The Hays Office, and Saturday Matinees / Richard deCordova 229

Dish Night at the Movies: Exhibitor Promotions and Female Audiences during the Great Depression / Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley 246

“A Treatise on Decay”: Liberal and Leftist Critics and Their Queer Readings of Depression-Era U.S. Film / David M. Lugowski 276

V. Production 301

Murnau in America: Chronicle of Lost Films (4 Devils, City Girl) / Janet Bergstrom 303

The American Origins of Film Noir: Realism in Urban Art and The Naked City / Sumiko Higashi 353

Bibliography 381

Contributors 397

Index 401

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