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The Golden Age of Cinema: Hollywood, 1929-1945 / Edition 1

The Golden Age of Cinema: Hollywood, 1929-1945 / Edition 1

by Richard Jewell, Richard B. JewellRichard Jewell
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This comprehensive book illuminates the most fertile and exciting period in American film, a time when the studio system was at its peak and movies played a critical role in elevating the spirits of the public. Richard B. Jewell offers a highly readable yet deeply informed account of the economics, technology, censorship, style, genres, stars and history of Hollywood during its "classical" era.

  • A major introductory textbook covering what is arguably the most fertile and exciting period in film, 1929-1945
  • Analyzes many of the seminal films from the period, from The Wizard of Oz to Grand Hotel to Gone with the Wind, considering the impact they had then and still have today
  • Tackles the shaping forces of the period: the business practices of the industry, technological developments, censorship restraints, narrative strategies, evolution of genres, and the stars and the star system
  • Explores the major social, political, economic, and cultural events that helped to shape contemporary commercial cinema, as well as other leisure activities that influenced Hollywood production, including radio, vaudeville, theatre and fiction
  • Written in a jargon-free, lively style, and features a number of illustrations throughout the text

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405163736
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/14/2008
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 824,329
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard B. Jewell is the Hugh M. Hefner Professor of American Film at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The RKO Story (1982).

Table of Contents

Title Page.

Table of Contents.

Figures and Captions.




1. Major Historical Events.

1.1. Economic Situation.

1.2. Societal Issues.

1.3. Hollywood Responds to the Crises.

1.4. Other Leisure Activities.

2. Film Business.

2.1. The Studios.

2.2. Production.

2.3. Distribution.

2.4. Exhibition.

3. Technology.

3.1. The Sound Revolution.

3.2. Color Film Production.

3.3. Wide-Screen Experiments of 1929-1931.

3.4. Special Effects.

4. Censorship.

4.1. Silent Era Background.

4.2. The Production Code.

4.3. “Pre-Code” Hollywood.

4.4. The Production Code Administration.

4.5. “Exploitation” Films and Foreign Imports.

4.6. Politics and the PCA.

4.7. The Outlaw.

4.8. The Office of War Information Bureau of Motion Pictures.

4.9. The PCA During the War.

5. Narrative and Style.

5.1. Narrative Strategies.

5.2. Stylistic Techniques.

5.3. Narrative in Stagecoach.

5.4. Style in Stagecoach.

5.5. A Note on “Studio” Style.

5.6. A Note on Genre Style.

5.7. A Note on Film Noir.

5.8. A Note on Directorial Style.

6. Genres.

6.1. The Western.

6.2. The Gangster Film.

6.3. The Adventure Film.

6.4. The Horror Film.

6.5. The Detective Film.

6.6. The War Film.

6.7. Comedy.

6.8. The Musical.

6.9. The Woman’s Film.

6.10. Other Genres.

7. Stars and the Star System.

7.1. The Star as Business Commodity.

7.2. The Multiplicity of Stars.

7.3. The Star as Actor.

7.4. The Most Popular Stars.

8. Conclusion.


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