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Movie-made America

a social history of American movies

1st ed.
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This edition was published in by Random House in New York.

Written in English

340 pages

Here is a lively, highly informative history of American movies that, as Professor Frank Freidel of Harvard writes, combines "social history, economics and a precise and effective sense of film criticism."
Movies were the first twentieth-century mass medium, and largely by chance, the first big American movie audiences and moviemakers came from the immigrant, working-class segments of the population. Movies therefore became a challenge to American big business and American culture, both of which had been controlled by the Establishment. This, Sklar suggests, is one reason why, from their very beginning, movies have been hounded by censorship.
This book does three things: it traces the influence movies had on American society during the years when innumerable Americans young and old modeled themselves and their behavior on their favorite movie stars and movies; it shows the effect of the movie industry on the American economy; and it offers fresh and provocative interpretations of such movie milestones as D. W. Griffith's early epics, silent comedy (Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd), the two golden ages of 1930s movies, Walt Disney cartoons and Frank Capra's social comedies. It explains the movies' downfall in the 1950s, which, Sklar contends, was not due solely to television, and it suggests the movies' possible future. Exploring simultaneously Hollywood aesthetics, economics and culture, it offers a fascinating, comprehensive picture of the role that movies have played in American life.

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Movie-made America: a cultural history of American movies
1994, Vintage Books
in English - Rev. and updated.
Cover of: Movie-made America
Movie-made America: a cultural history of American movies
1976, Vintage Books
in English
Cover of: Movie-made America
Movie-made America: a cultural history of American movies
1976, Vintage Books
in English
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Movie-made America: a social history of American movies
1975, Random House
in English - 1st ed.

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Movie-made America

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Here is a lively, highly informative history of American movies that, as Professor Frank Freidel of Harvard writes, combines "social history, economics and a precise and effective sense of film criticism."
Movies were the first twentieth-century mass medium, and largely by chance, the first big American movie audiences and moviemakers came from the immigrant, working-class segments of the population. Movies therefore became a challenge to American big business and American culture, both of which had been controlled by the Establishment. This, Sklar suggests, is one reason why, from their very beginning, movies have been hounded by censorship.
This book does three things: it traces the influence movies had on American society during the years when innumerable Americans young and old modeled themselves and their behavior on their favorite movie stars and movies; it shows the effect of the movie industry on the American economy; and it offers fresh and provocative interpretations of such movie milestones as D. W. Griffith's early epics, silent comedy (Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd), the two golden ages of 1930s movies, Walt Disney cartoons and Frank Capra's social comedies. It explains the movies' downfall in the 1950s, which, Sklar contends, was not due solely to television, and it suggests the movies' possible future. Exploring simultaneously Hollywood aesthetics, economics and culture, it offers a fascinating, comprehensive picture of the role that movies have played in American life.

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Dewey 791.43/0973

Movie-made America

a social history of American movies

1st ed.

This edition was published in by Random House in New York.


Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 319-331.
Includes index.

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Dewey Decimal Class
791.43/0973
Library of Congress
PN1993.5.U6 S53

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Open Library
OL5183522M
Internet Archive
moviemadeamerica0000skla
ISBN 10
0394483278
LC Control Number
75001414
Library Thing
5359
Goodreads
451375

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