The golden age of cinema: Hollywood, 1929-1945

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Blackwell Pub., Sep 11, 2007 - Performing Arts - 348 pages
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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

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User Review  - Amy Herrington - Goodreads

Interesting, but thorough. Learning about the production code was enlightening. Good to keep for reference as there were some lists eg the top rated actors/actresses in various years, that I will refer to again. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff Linder - Goodreads

What I liked most about this book was the opening chapter in which it gave an overview of what was going on the world politically, socially, culturally, and industrially at the same time. It then explained how the movie industry operated in that environment. Read full review


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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).