Hollywood Cinema

ISBN-10: 0631216154
ISBN-13: 9780631216155
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
Authors: Richard Maltby
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Book details

List price: $78.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 712
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

This comprehensive introduction to Hollywood cinema provides a fascinating account of the world's most powerful film industry and examines its cultural and aesthetic significance. Taking a wide-ranging approach, and spotlighting such films as A Star is Born, Singing in the Rain, Forrest Gump, and Titanic, it explores and interprets Hollywood cinema in history and in the present, in theory and in practice. For this new edition, the book has been extensively revised, with the historical material updated, and including references to Hollywood movies after 1990. New features include box sections, further reading lists, and chapter summaries. Well illustrated and clearly written, this is an indispensable text for students and readers of Hollywood history and culture.

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Figures
List of Box Sections
Introduction: Taking Hollywood Seriously
'Metropolis of Make-Believe'
Art and Business
The Commercial Aesthetics of Titanic
A Classical Cinema?
Hollywood and Its Audiences
Ratings and Franchises
Hollywood's World
Summary
Notes for Further Reading
Entertainment 1
Escape
Money on the Screen
The Multiple Logics of Hollywood Cinema
Summary
Notes for Further Reading
Entertainment 2
The Play of Emotions
Regulated Difference
Singin' in the Rain: How to Take Gene Kelly Seriously
Summary
Notes for Further Reading
Genre
Introduction
Genre Criticism
Genre Recognition
The Empires of Genres: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Genre and Gender
Summary
Further Reading
Industry
Introduction
Distribution and Exhibition
Exporting America
Divorcement
The Studio System
The Star System
How Stars are Made: A Star Is Born (1937)
Summary
Further Reading
Industry 1948-1980
Introduction
The Effects of Divorcement
Roadshows and Teenpix
Independents, Agents, and Television
Corporate Consolidation and the 'New Hollywood'
Ratings
Hollywood in the Multiplex
Summary
Further Reading
Industry Since 1980
Introduction
Video and New Markets
The Pursuit of Synergy
Globalization
Independence
Summary
Further Reading
Technology
Introduction
Realism and the Myth of Total Cinema
Sound
Sunny Side Up
Color
Widescreen
Technology and Power
The Triumph of the Digital
Summary
Further Reading
Politics
Introduction
The Politics of Regulation
Hollywood Goes to Washington
Washington Goes to Hollywood
Representing the Political Machine
Controversy with Class: The Social Problem Movie
Ideology
Summary
Further Reading
Space 1
Introduction
The Best View
Making the Picture Speak: Representation and Expression
The Optics of Expressive Space
Deep Space: Three-Dimensionality on a Flat Screen
Mise-en-sc?ne
Editing
Summary
Further Reading
Space 2
The Three 'Looks' of Cinema
Points of View
Safe and Unsafe Space
Ordinary People
Summary
Further Reading
Performance 1
Introduction
The Spectacle of Movement
The Movement of Narrative
Acting as Impersonation
The Actor's Two Bodies
Star Performance
Summary
Further Reading
Performance 2
The Method
Acting as a Signifying System
Valentino
The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Summary
Further Reading
Time
Introduction
Time Out
Film Time
Movie Time
Deadlines and Coincidences: Madigan (1968)
Mise-en-temps
Tense
Back to the Present: History as a Production Value
The Politics of History: Forrest Gump (1994)
The Lessons of History: Juirez (1939)
Summary
Further Reading
Narrative
Narrative and Other Pleasures
Show and Tell
Theories of Narration
Plot, Story, Narration
Clarity: Transparency and Motivation
Summary
Further Reading
Narrative 2
Regulating Meaning: The Production Code
Clarity and Ambiguity in Casablanca
Narrative Pressure
Summary
Further Reading
Criticism
Introduction
From Reviewing to Criticism
Early Theory and Criticism in America
From Criticism to Theory
Criticism in Practice: Only Angels Have Wings
Summary
Further Reading
Theories
Entering the Academy
Structuralism and Semiology
Cinema, Ideology, Apparatus
Psychoanalysis and Cinema
The Spectator
Feminist Theory
Neoformalism and Cognitivism
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