Genius of the System Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era

ISBN-10: 0816670102

ISBN-13: 9780816670109

Edition: 2010

Authors: Thomas Schatz, Steven Bach

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InThe Genius of the System, Thomas Schatz recalls Hollywood's Golden Age from the 1920s until the dawn of television in the late 1940s, when quality films were produced swiftly and cost efficiently thanks to the intricate design of the system. Schatz takes us through the rise and fall of individual careers and the makingand unmakingof movies such asFrankenstein,Casablanca, and Hitchcock'sNotorious. Through detailed analysis of major Hollywood moviemakers including Universal, Warner Bros., and MGM, he reminds us of a time when studios had distinct personalities and the relationship between contracts and creativity was not mutually exclusive.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 3/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Steven Bach is the author of the best-selling "Final Cut" & of "Marlene Dietrich: Life & Legend", both "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year. Before turning to writing he was a Broadway producer & head of production at United Artists. He teaches at Columbia University & Bennington College, & divides his time between New York, Vermont, & Europe.

Preface: The Center of Gravity
Introduction: "The Whole Equation of Pictures"
The 1920s: Beginnings
Universal: the System Takes shape
MGM: Dawn of the Thalberg Era
Selznick at MGM: Climbing the Executive Ranks
Warner Bros: Talking Their Way to the Top
1928 - 1932: The Powers That Be
Selznick at Paramount: From Boom to Bust
Universal: Renaissance and Retrenchment
MGM and Thalberg: Alone at the Top
Selznick at Rko: At the Helm of a Foundering Studio
Warner Bros: The Zanuck Era
The 1930s: Golden Age
MGM in the Mid-Thirties: Charmed Interval
Selznick International Pictures: Going Independent
Warner Bros.: Power Plays and Prestige
Universal: Playing Both ends Against the Middle
MGM: Life after Thalberg
Selznick and Hitchcock: Balance of Power
1941-1946: War Boom
Warner Bros.: Warfare at Home and Abroad
David O. Selznick Productions: Packaging Prestige
Universal: The Best of Both Worlds
MGM: The High Cost of Quality
Selznick and Hitchcock: Separate Ways
1947-1960: Decline
Warner Bros.: Top of the world, end of the Line
MGM: Last Gasp of the studio Era
UNIVERSAL: Blueprint for the Television age
Epilogue: Into the new Hollywood
Notes on Sources
Photograph Credits
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