Post-Classical Hollywood: Film Industry, Style and Ideology since 1945: Film Industry, Style and Ideology since 1945

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Edinburgh University Press, Aug 31, 2009 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
At the end of World War II, Hollywood basked in unprecedented prosperity. Since then, numerous challenges and crises have changed the American film industry in ways beyond imagination in 1945. Nonetheless, at the start of a new century Hollywood's worldwide dominance is intact - indeed, in today's global economy the products of the American entertainment industry (of which movies are now only one part) are more ubiquitous than ever. How does today's "e;Hollywood"e; - absorbed into transnational media conglomerates like NewsCorp., Sony, and Viacom - differ from the legendary studios of Hollywood's Golden Age? What are the dominant frameworks and conventions, the historical contexts and the governing attitudes through which films are made, marketed and consumed today? How have these changed across the last seven decades? And how have these evolving contexts helped shape the form, the style and the content of Hollywood movies, from Singin' in the Rain to Pirates of the Caribbean? Barry Langford explains and interrogates the concept of "e;post-classical"e; Hollywood cinema - its coherence, its historical justification and how it can help or hinder our understanding of Hollywood from the forties to the present. Integrating film history, discussion of movies' social and political dimensions, and analysis of Hollywood's distinctive methods of storytelling, Post-Classical Hollywood charts key critical debates alongside the histories they interpret, while offering its own account of the "e;post-classical."e; Wide-ranging yet concise, challenging and insightful, Post-Classical Hollywood offers a new perspective on the most enduringly fascinating artform of our age.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Part I
3
Chapter 1 The Autumn of the Patriarchs
11
1946
41
Chapter 2 The Communication of Ideas
45
1955
69
Chapter 3 Modernising Hollywood
73
PART II Crisis and Renaissance 196681
97
Introduction to Part II
99
PART III New Hollywood 19822006
181
Introduction to Part III
183
Chapter 7 Corporate Hollywood
191
1985
216
Chapter 8 Culture Wars
219
1995
241
Chapter 9 Post Classical Style?
245
2005
265

1965
104
Chapter 4 The Changing of the Guard
107
Chapter 5 New Wave Hollywood
133
1975
154
Chapter 6 Who Lost the Picture Show?
157
Hollywood Now
269
Appendix
285
Further Reading
287
Index
295
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Barry Langford is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the Royal Holloway, University of London.

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