Controlling Hollywood Censorship and Regulation in the Studio Era

ISBN-10: 0813527074

ISBN-13: 9780813527079

Edition: 1999

Authors: Matthew Bernstein

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For every movie shown on the big screen, there exists a behind-the-scene story of regulation and control. What social factors determine which movies get made and shown? What is censored? And how have the standards of what is considered taboo changed over time?Controlling Hollywood features ten innovative and accessible essays that examine some of the major turning points, crises, and contradictions affecting the making and showing of Hollywood movies from the 1910s through the early 1970s. The articles included here examine landmark legal cases; various self-regulating agencies and systems in the film industry (from the National Board of Review to the ratings system); and, external to Hollywood, the religious and social interest groups and government bodies that took a strong interest in film entertainment over the decades.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 12/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

Gaylyn Studlar is Director and Professor of Film Studies and English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has published widely on issues of gender in Hollywood cinema.Matthew Bernstein is the author of Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent, editor of Controlling Hollywood: Censorship and Regulation in the Studio Era, and co-editor (with Gaylyn Studlar) of Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film. He is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Emory University.

Introductionp. 1
"A Capacity for Evil": The 1915 Supreme Court Mutual Decisionp. 16
Moral Coercion, or The National Board of Censorship Ponders the Vice Filmsp. 41
The King of Kings and the Czar of All the Rushes: The Propriety of the Christ Storyp. 60
Industry Self-Regulation and the Problem of Textual Determinationp. 87
Beyond Sex and Violence: "Industry Policy" and the Regulation of Hollywood Movies, 1922-1939p. 102
Blacks, Loyalty, and Motion Picture Propaganda in World War IIp. 130
A Tale of Three Cities: The Banning of Scarlet Streetp. 157
"Controversy Has Probably Destroyed Forever the Context": The Miracle and Movie Censorship in America in the 1950sp. 186
"A Good Business Proposition": Dalton Trumbo, Spartacus, and the End of the Blacklistp. 206
The Stigma of X: Adult Cinema and the Institution of the MPAA Ratings Systemp. 238
Annotated Bibliographyp. 265
Contributorsp. 277
Indexp. 279
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