American Cinema of The 1930s Themes and Variations

ISBN-10: 0813540828

ISBN-13: 9780813540825

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ina Rae Hark
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Description: Probably no decade saw as many changes in the Hollywood film industry and its product as the 1930s did. At the beginning of the decade, the industry was still struggling with the transition to talking pictures. Gangster films and naughty comedies starring Mae West were popular in urban areas, but aroused threats of censorship in the heartland. Whether the film business could survive the economic effects of the Crash was up in the air. By 1939, popularly called "Hollywood's Greatest Year," films like Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz used both color and sound to spectacular effect, and remain American icons today. The "mature oligopoly" that was the studio system had not only weathered the Depression and become part of mainstream culture through the establishment and enforcement of the Production Code, it was a well-oiled, vertically integrated industrial powerhouse.The ten original essays in American Cinema of the 1930s focus on sixty diverse films of the decade, including Dracula, The Public Enemy, Trouble in Paradise, 42nd Street, King Kong, Imitation of Life, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Swing Time, Angels with Dirty Faces, Nothing Sacred, Jezebel, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Stagecoach .

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 6/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Timeline : the 1930s
Introduction : movies and the 1930s
1930 : movies and social difference
1931 : movies and the voice
1932 : movies and transgression
1933 : movies and the New Deal in entertainment
1934 : movies and the marginalized
1935 : movies and the resistance to tyranny
1936 : movies and the possibility of transcendence
1937 : movies and new constructions of the American star
1938 : movies and whistling in the dark
1939 : movies and American culture in the Annus Mirabilis
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