Jon Lewis, Eric Smoodin
Published December 2, 2014
Textbook - 402 Pages
ISBN 9780415706889 - CAT# Y154784
Published December 10, 2014
Textbook - 402 Pages
ISBN 9780415706216 - CAT# Y154778
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What do we talk or write about when we talk and write about American film history? The answer is predictably complex and elusive. The American Film History Reader acknowledges and accommodates this complex task by showcasing a range of historical writing demonstrating that when we talk or write about film history we, by necessity, talk and write about a lot of different things.
The American Film History Reader provides a selective history of American cinema and offers an introduction to historiographic practice in relation to American moviemaking and moviegoing.
The Reader is composed of eighteen essays organized into six thematic sections:
Appreciating that methods and materials change over time, this structure allows the editors to showcase a breadth of historiographic approaches and a range of research materials within each section. Each essay acts as a point of entry into a history that accounts for the essential and inherent commercial, experiential, social, and cultural aspects of the medium.
All eighteen essays are individually introduced by the editors, who provide additional context and suggestions for further reading, making it an ideal resource for students of film studies and particularly for students taking courses on film history.
Introduction Jon Lewis and Eric Smoodin Part I: Industrial Practice 1. Notes on Columbia Film Corporation 1926-41 Edward Buscombe 2. Warner Bros.: Power Plays and Prestige Thomas Schatz 3. Labor and Film Narrative Danae Clark Part II: Technology 4. CinemaScope: Before and After Charles Barr 5. Film Style and Technology in the Thirties Barry Salt 6. Tales of Upward Mobility Kristen Whissel Part III: Reception 7. The Souls of Black Folk in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Black Newspapers Criticism and the Early Cinema, 1909-1916 Anna Everett 8. Dish Night at the Movies: Exhibitor Promotions and Female Audiences during the Great Depression Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley 9. ‘This Business of America’: Fan Mail, Film Reception and Meet John Doe Eric Smoodin Part IV: Films and Filmmakers 10. Howard Hawks Molly Haskell 11. Female Authorship Revisited Judith Mayne 12. Papering the Cracks: Fantasy and Ideology in the Reagan Era Robin Wood Part V: Censorship and Regulation 13. The Censorship of Blonde Venus: Textual Analysis and Historical Method Lea Jacobs 14. Classical Hollywood According to Joseph Breen Thomas Doherty 15. We Do Not Ask You to Condone This: How the Blacklist Saved Hollywood Jon Lewis Part VI: Stardom 16. A Star is Born: The Transnational Success of the Cheat and Its Race and Gender Politics Daisuke Miyao 17. Pleasure, Ambivalence, Identification: Valentino and Male Spectatorship Miriam Hansen 18. Hollywood Memories Jackie Stacey Index
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