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Publisher Comments:

Over the last twenty-five years, the field of cinema studies has offered a dramatic reassessment of the history of film in general and of Hollywood in particular. Writers have drawn on the methodologies of a number of disciplines — literary criticism, sociology, psychology, women's studies, and minority and gay studies — to deepen our understanding of motion pictures, the film industry, and movie theater audiences.

In Hollywood's High Noon, noted film historian Thomas Cripps offers a lively narrative history of Hollywood's classical age that brings the insights of recent scholarship to students and general readers. From its origin during the First World War to the beginning of its decline in the 1950s, Cripps writes, Hollywood operated as did other American industries: movies were created by a rational production system, regulated by both government and privately organized interests, and subject to the whims of a fickle marketplace. Yet these films did offer consumers something unique: in darkened movie palaces across the country, audiences projected themselves — their hopes and ideas — onto silver screens, profoundly mediating their reception of Hollywood's flickering images.

Beginning with turn-of-the-century moving-picture pioneer Thomas Edison, Cripps traces the invention of Hollywood and the development of the studio system. He explores the movie-going experience, the struggle for social control over the movies through censorship, the impact of sound on the style and content of films, alternatives to Hollywood's oligopoly including race films and documentaries, the paradoxical predictability and subversive creativity of genre pictures, and Hollywood's self-proclaimed shining moment during the Second World War. Cripps concludes with a discussion of the collapse of the studio system after the war, due in equal parts to suburbanization, the emergence of television, and government anti-trust action.

Synopsis:

In Hollywood's High Noon, Thomas Cripps brings together both the insight of recent scholarship in the field of film studies and the results of his own extensive research to trace the history of Hollywood from its turn-of-the-century beginning through the invention and development of the studio system to its heyday in the 1950's, just before television eclipsed the movies as America's Dominant entertainment medium.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-257) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801853166
Author:
Cripps, Thomas
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Mass Media - Electronics Media
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
American Moment (Paperback)
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
19961131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.05x6.10x.81 in. .96 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Reference
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Film History and Theory
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » General
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
History and Social Science » US History » General

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"Synopsis" by , In Hollywood's High Noon, Thomas Cripps brings together both the insight of recent scholarship in the field of film studies and the results of his own extensive research to trace the history of Hollywood from its turn-of-the-century beginning through the invention and development of the studio system to its heyday in the 1950's, just before television eclipsed the movies as America's Dominant entertainment medium.
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