The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931 / Edition 1

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Overview

The Talkies offers readers a rare look at the time when sound was a vexing challenge for filmmakers and the source of contentious debate for audiences and critics. Donald Crafton presents a panoramic view of the talkies' reception as well as in-depth looks at sound design in selected films, filmmaking practices, censorship, issues of race, and the furious debate over cinema aesthetics that erupted once the movies began to speak.

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Booknews
Crafton (communication and theater, U. of Notre Dame) departs from revisionist accounts that stress the systematic development of film, and portrays the transition to sound as partly rational and partly confused. He maintains that even though the studios tried to develop a proactive approach to the transition, they were concerned with reducing risks, and often behaved in a retroactive way. Topics include the effects of the depression, the struggles for control over the new technology, and the popular reception of the talkies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Film Quarterly
The Talkies is quite a simply wonderful book. It takes place among the very top works of American film history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520221284
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/1999
  • Series: History of the American Cinema Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 651
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Crafton is Chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Before Mickey: The Animated Film, 1898-1928 (1993) and Emile Cohl, Caricature, and Film (1990).

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