Post-Classical Hollywood: History, Film Style, and Ideology Since 1945

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"At the end of World War II, Hollywood basked in unprecedented prosperity. Since then, numerous challenges and crises have changed the American film industry in ways beyond imagination in 1945. Nonetheless, at the start of a new century Hollywood's worldwide dominance is intact-indeed, in today's global economy the products of the American entertainment industry (of which movies are now only one part) are more globally pervasive than ever." "How does today's 'Hollywood'-absorbed into transnational media conglomerates like NewsCorp., Sony and

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Overview

"At the end of World War II, Hollywood basked in unprecedented prosperity. Since then, numerous challenges and crises have changed the American film industry in ways beyond imagination in 1945. Nonetheless, at the start of a new century Hollywood's worldwide dominance is intact-indeed, in today's global economy the products of the American entertainment industry (of which movies are now only one part) are more globally pervasive than ever." "How does today's 'Hollywood'-absorbed into transnational media conglomerates like NewsCorp., Sony and Viacom-differ from the legendary studios of Hollywood's Golden Age? What are the dominant frameworks and conventions, the historical contexts and the governing attitudes through which films are made, marketed and consumed today? How have these changed across the last seven decades? And how have these evolving contexts helped shape the form, the style and the content of Hollywood movies, from Singin' in the Rain to Pirates of the Caribbean?" Barry Langford explains and interrogates the concept of 'post-classical' Hollywood cinema-its coherence, its historical justification and how it can help or hinder our understanding of Hollywood from the forties to the present. Integrating film history, discussion of movies' social and political dimensions, and analysis of Hollywood's distinctive methods of storytelling, Post-Classical Hollywood charts key critical debates alongside the histories they interpret, while offering its own account of the 'post-classical'. Wide-ranging yet concise, challenging and insightful, Post-Classical Hollywood offers a new perspective on the most enduringly fascinating art form of our age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748638581
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Langford is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I: Hollywood in Transition 1945-65 1

Introduction to Part I 3

1 The Autumn of the Patriarchs 11

The Biggest, the Best: 1946 (The Best Years of Our Lives) 41

2 The Communication of Ideas 45

The Biggest, the Best: 1955 (Marty, Cinerama Holiday) 69

3 Modernising Hollywood 73

Part II: Crisis and Renaissance 1966-81 97

Introduction to Part II 99

The Biggest, the Best: 1965 (The Sound of Music) 104

4 The Changing of the Guard 107

5 New Wave Hollywood 133

The Biggest, the Best: 1975 (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jaws) 154

6 Who Lost the Picture Show? 157

Part III: New Hollywood 1982-2006 181

Introduction to Part III 183

7 Corporate Hollywood 191

The Biggest, the Best: 1985 (Out of Africa, Back to the Future) 216

8 Culture Wars 219

The Biggest, the Best: 1995 (Braveheart, Toy Story) 241

9 Post-Classical Style? 245

The Biggest, the Best: 2005 (Crash, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) 265

Conclusion: 'Hollywood' Now 269

Appendix 285

Further Reading 287

Index 295

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