Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies

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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.

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 ...

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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.

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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"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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679755494
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 551,099
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The Rise of Movie Culture
1. The Birth of a Mass Medium
2. Nickel Madness
3. Edison's Trust and How It Got Busted
4. D.W. Griffith and the Forging of Motion-Picture Art

Part II: The Movies in the Age of Mass Culture
5. Hollywood and the Dawning of the Aquarian Age
6. The Silent Film and the Passionate Life
7. Chaos, Magic, Physical Genius and the Art of Silent Comedy
8. Movie-Made Children
9. The House That Adolph Zukor Built

Part III: Mass Culture in the Age of Movies
10. The Moguls at Bay and the Censors' Triumph
11. The Golden Age of Turbulence and the Golden Age of Order
12. The Making of Cultural Myths: Walt Disney and Frank Capra
13. Selling Movies Overseas
14. The Hollywood Gold Rush

Part IV: The Decline of Movie Culture
15. Hollywood at War for America and at War with Itself
16. The Disappearing Audience and the Television Crisis
17. Hollywood's Collapse
18. The Promise of Personal Film

Part V: The Enduring Medium
19. Nadir and Revival
20. Hollywood and the Age of Reagan
21. From Myth to Memory
22. Independent Images

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