Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies [NOOK Book]

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Hailed as the definitive work upon its original publication in 1975 and now extensively revised and updated by the author, this vastly absorbing and richly illustrated book examines film as an art form, technological innovation, big business, and shaper of American values. 80 black-and-white photos.


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Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies

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Overview

Hailed as the definitive work upon its original publication in 1975 and now extensively revised and updated by the author, this vastly absorbing and richly illustrated book examines film as an art form, technological innovation, big business, and shaper of American values. 80 black-and-white photos.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hailed as the definitive work upon its original publication in 1975 and now extensively revised and updated by the author, this vastly absorbing and richly illustrated book examines film as an art form, technological innovation, big business, and shaper of American values. 80 black-and-white photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sklar has revised and updated this imposing, wide-ranging analysis of American cinema, first published in 1975; 80 b&w photos. Dec.
Library Journal
Sklar shows that movies not only reflect our society but influence it as well. This update advances the study to 1993 films. "Well worth consideration" LJ 10/1/75.
From the Publisher
"THE history of the American movie, combining social history, economics, and a precise and effective sense of film criticism."—Frank Friedel, Harvard University

"One of the best popular works we have in the field of media ecology....There is hardly a single question regarding the transforming power of movies that [Sklar] leaves untouched."—Neil Postman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307756848
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 415,254
  • File size: 13 MB
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition
Preface
1 The Birth of a Mass Medium 3
2 Nickel Madness 18
3 Edison's Trust and How It Got Busted 33
4 D. W. Griffith and the Forging of Motion-Picture Art 48
5 Hollywood and the Dawning of the Aquarian Age 67
6 The Silent Film and the Passionate Life 86
7 Chaos, Magic, Physical Genius and the Art of Silent Comedy 104
8 Movie-Made Children 122
9 The House That Adolph Zukor Built 141
10 The Moguls at Bay and the Censors' Triumph 161
11 The Golden Age at Turbulence and the Golden Age of Order 175
12 The Making of Cultural Myths: Walt Disney and Frank Capra 195
13 Selling Movies Overseas 215
14 The Hollywood Gold Rush 228
15 Hollywood at War for America and at War with Itself 249
16 The Disappearing Audience and the Television Crisis 269
17 Hollywood's Collapse 286
18 The Promise of Personal Film 305
19 Nadir and Revival 321
20 Hollywood and the Age of Reagan 339
21 From Myth to Memory 357
22 Independent Images 373
Notes or Sources 383
Bibliography 399
Index 405
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