The Studio System / Edition 1

The Studio System / Edition 1

by Janet Staiger
     
 


It is all of the workers at the studio—not the director, not the producer—that make Hollywood’s movies.  The essays in The Studio System offer a detailed sense of what it is like to work in Hollywood amid the complexities and conflicting demands involved in moviemaking.  The essays demonstrate that the standards of effectiveSee more details below

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It is all of the workers at the studio—not the director, not the producer—that make Hollywood’s movies.  The essays in The Studio System offer a detailed sense of what it is like to work in Hollywood amid the complexities and conflicting demands involved in moviemaking.  The essays demonstrate that the standards of effective storytelling do not always synchronize with notions of beauty or the value of the spectacle; that the production processes which encourage individuality and creativity from each worker also require compromise in maintaining a cooperative working group; and that production needs and budgets often demand an alteration of the product standards held by the movie industry’s craftspeople.  The theories and methods found within The Studio System, from functionalist to conflict sociologies, from quantitative to qualitative methods, invite the critical eye to focus on their practical consequences.  This social investigation of Hollywood brings to light the ways in which the formulas, innovations, and economic structure of the film industry affect the day-to-day lives of its workers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813521312
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Rutgers Depth of Field Series
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Notes on Columbia Pictures Corporation 1926-4117
How Howard Hawks Brought Baby Up: An Apologia for the Studio System39
My Name Is Joseph H. Lewis50
"A Triumph of Bitchery": Warner Bros., Bette Davis, and Jezebel74
Deep-Focus Cinematography93
William Fox Presents Sunrise127
Narrative Authority and Social Narrativity: The Cinematic Reconstitution of Bronte's Jane Eyre140
The Tarzan Films: An Analysis of Determinants of Maintenance and Change in Conventions163
Women in the Early Film Industry187
Standards and Practices: Aesthetic Norm and Technological Innovation in the American Cinema200
Crime Pays: The Studios' Labor Deals in the 1930s226
"Baby Face" or How Joe Breen Made Barbara Stanwyck Atone for Causing the Wall Street Crash251
What to Show the World: The Office of War Information and Hollywood, 1942-1945279
Teenagers and Teenpics, 1955-1957: A Study of Exploitation Filmmaking298
Annotated Bibliography317
Contributors321
Index323

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