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A History of American Movies: A Film-by-Film Look at the Art, Craft, and Business of Cinema

A History of American Movies: A Film-by-Film Look at the Art, Craft, and Business of Cinema

by Paul Monaco

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In A History of American Movies: A Film-by-Film Look at the Art, Craft and Business of Cinema, Paul Monaco provides a survey of the narrative feature film from the 1920s to the present. The book focuses on 170 of the most highly regarded and recognized feature films selected by the Hollywood establishment: each Oscar winner for Best Picture, as well as those voted the greatest by members of the American Film Institute.

By focusing on a select group of films that represent the epitome of these collaborations, Monaco provides an essential history of one of the modern world's most complex and successful cultural institutions: Hollywood. Divided into three sections, "Classic Hollywood, 1927-1948," "Hollywood In Transition, 1949-1974," and "The New Hollywood, 1975 To The Present," Monaco examines some of the most memorable works in cinematic history, including The General, Wings, Bringing Up Baby, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, On the Waterfront, The Searchers, Psycho, West Side Story, The Godfather, Cabaret, Raging Bull, Rain Man, Toy Story, and Saving Private Ryan.

This is the only book that thoroughly treats Hollywood-and the most significant movies that it has made-simultaneously as the coming together of an art, a craft, and a business. This approach provides unique insight into the workings of one of the most accomplished and successful art forms in human history: the Hollywood feature film.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810874343
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/16/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Monaco is professor of Cinema/Video at Montana State University. He is the author of Understanding Society, Culture, and Television (2000) and The Sixties: 1960-1969 volume in The History of American Cinema Series (2003).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I Classic Hollywood, 1927-1948

1 Establishing Hollywood 3

2 Early Synchronous Sound 23

3 Classic Hollywood Takes Form 43

4 Banner Years 59

5 Red, White, Blue, and Noir 83

6 Postwar Triumphs and Reversals 97

Part II Hollywood in Transition, 1949-1974

7 Postwar Unravelings 115

8 Declining Audiences and Initial Responses 141

9 Hollywood on the Ropes 161

10 Indications of Revival 179

11 Conglomerate Control, Movie Brats, and Creativity 195

Part III New Hollywood, 1975-2009

12 Origins of Hollywood Divided 217

13 Mixed Styles, Mixed Messages 233

14 Hollywood in the 1980s 245

15 New Hollywood Enters the Digital Age 273

16 Hollywood Enters the Twenty-First Century 313

Conclusion 335

Selected Bibliography 339

Index 341

About the Author 349

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