Robert Florey The French Expressionist

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Originally published: Metuchen, New Jersey: The Scarecrow Press, 1987.

Grand Design Hollywood As A Modern Business Enterprise 1930 1939

Author: Tino Balio
Editor: Charles Scribner's Sons
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Celebrated as "Hollywood's greatest year," 1939 has often been considered the apex of the studio system and the movies it produced, including Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and so many other memorable pictures. It was a time when the studios exercised nearly absolute control over their product and won government sanction for the informal oligopoly that had sprung up in previous decades. In short, the film industry became a modern business enterprise - rationalized from planning through assembly-line manufacture to exhibition in studio-owned theater chains. Even community reception and the public personas of such great stars as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart were subject to studio influence. In this fifth volume of the award-winning History of the American Cinema, Tino Balio examines every aspect of the filmmaking and film exhibition system as it matured during the Depression era. He discusses the Hollywood studios (major, minor, and "poverty row") in relation to their all-powerful (and little understood) front offices in New York; the prevailing exhibition and advertising practices; the star system; and the key trends that dominated Hollywood production: prestige pictures, musicals, women's films, comedies, social problem films, and horror pictures. A number of distinguished guest contributors fill out the picture with analyses of censorship and the emergence of the Production Code (Richard Maltby), technology and the "classical" Hollywood style (David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson), the B Film (Brian Taves), documentary (Charles Wolfe), and the avant-garde (Jan-Christopher Horak).

French Culture 1900 1975

Author: Catharine Savage Brosman
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Discusses the history, politics, art, architecture, dance, music, cinema, literature, theater, newspapers, places, philosophy, and popular culture of France from 1900 to 1975.

Grand Design

Author: Tino Balio
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520203341
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The advent of color, big musicals, the studio system, and the beginning of institutionalized censorship made the thirties the defining decade for Hollywood. The year 1939, celebrated as "Hollywood's greatest year," saw the release of such memorable films as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Stagecoach. It was a time when the studios exercised nearly absolute control over their product as well as over such stars as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart. In this fifth volume of the award-winning series History of the American Cinema, Tino Balio examines every aspect of the filmmaking and film exhibition system as it matured during the Depression era.

Southern California Quarterly

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Hollywood Asian

Author: Hye Seung Chung
Editor: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781592135172
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How a Korean American actor became a Hollywood ''Oriental'' star.

Women In Horror Films 1930s

Author: Gregory William Mank
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 1476609543
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They had more in common than just a scream, whether they faced Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, King Kong, the Wolf Man, or any of the other legendary Hollywood monsters. Some were even monsters themselves, such as Elsa Lanchester as the Bride, and Gloria Holden as Dracula’s Daughter. And while evading the Strangler of the Swamp, former Miss America Rosemary La Planche is allowed to rescue her leading man. This book provides details about the lives and careers of 21 of these cinematic leading ladies, femmes fatales, monsters, and misfits, putting into perspective their contributions to the films and folklore of Hollywood terror—and also the sexual harassment, exploitation, and genuine danger they faced on the job. In a previously unpublished account, Bride of Frankenstein’s Anne Darling remembers when, at age 17, she was humiliated on-set by director James Whale over the color of her underwear. Filled with anecdotes and recollections, many of the entries are based on original interviews, and there are numerous old photographs and movie stills.

Bela Lugosi And Boris Karloff

Author: Gregory William Mank
Editor: McFarland
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Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster are horror cinema icons, and the actors most deeply associated with the two roles also shared a unique friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror films, and over the years managed to collaborate on and co-star in eight movies. Through dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, this greatly expanded new edition examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the era in which both stars worked, recreates the shooting of Lugosi and Karloff’s mutual films, examines their odd and moving personal relationship and analyzes their ongoing legacies. Features include a fully detailed filmography of the eight Karloff and Lugosi films, full summaries of both men’s careers and more than 250 photographs, some in color.

Films In Review

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The Armchair Detective

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The Poe Cinema

Author: Don G. Smith
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Since 1908, no fewer than 80 films from 13 countries have been based on or inspired by Poe's writings. This critical filmography examines them all, providing cast, credits and technical data; a plot synopsis; background information about the film's quality and its filmmakers; appraisals of each film's quality and its faithfulness as an adaptation; and summaries of previous criticism.

Of Gods And Monsters

Author: John T. Soister
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 1476604991
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While Universal's Dracula and Frankenstein (both 1931) have received the most coverage of any of the studio's genre releases, it is the lesser known films that have long fascinated fans and historians alike. Starting with The Last Warning, a 1929 movie released as both a silent and a talkie, Universal provided a decade of films that entertained audiences and sometimes frustrated critics. Each of Universal's horror, science fiction and "twisted mystery" films receives an in-depth essay for each film. The focus is first on the background to the making of the movie and its place in the Universal catalog. A detailed plot synopsis with critical commentary follows. Filmographic data for the film conclude the entry. Universal's The Shadow short film series is covered in an appendix. Many rare illustrations and movie posters are also included.

Film Noir And The Spaces Of Modernity

Author: Edward Dimendberg
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Exploring classic examples of film noir such as 'The Asphalt Jungle', 'Double Indemnity' and 'Kiss Me Deadly', alongside many lesser-known works, Dimendberg masterfully interweaves film history and urban history while perceptively analyzing works by Raymond Chandler, Edward Hopper and Siegfried Kracauer.

Journal Of Film And Video

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The Bfi Companion To Horror

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In one volume, the BFI Companion to Horror offers a complete concordance to one of the most lasting genres of popular entertainment, focusing of course on the cinema but also taking in literature, television, radio, popular music, history and folklore. Covering great artists like Boris Karloff and Edgar Allan Poe and humble toilers like Edward D. Wood and John Carradine, this book provides a history of the horror genre from its pre-cinema beginnings in the eighteenth-century gothic novel and the Victorian ghost story through a hundred years of fevered activity, spotlighting not only mainstream horror producers such as Hammer Films and Alfred Hitchcock but also less expected names (Franz Kafka and Ingmar Bergman). In addition to entries on actors, directors, writers and technicians associated with horror, and all horror-themed film and television series, there are insightful essays on classic horror characters like Frankenstein and Dracula, on recurrent situations like decapitation and body-snatching, even on often-horrific portions of the body like eyes and brains. Among the experts who have contributed are Mark Ashworth, Anne Billson, Jeremy Clarke, Christopher Frayling, Neil Gaiman, Phil Hardy, Peter Hutchings, Tom Hutchinson, Alan Jones, Stephen Jones, Mark Kermode, Tim Lucas, Maitland McDonagh, David Prothero, Mark Salisbury, Philip Strick, Steve Thrower and Linda Ruth Williams.

Adventures Of The Rat Family A Fairy Tale

Author: Jules Verne
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A good fairy must combat the efforts of a jealous prince and an evil genie while she helps the members of a rat family in their quest to become human.

The Espionage Filmography

Author: Paul Mavis
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From Sean Connery to Roy Rogers, from comedy to political satire, films that include espionage as a plot device run the gamut of actors and styles. More than just "spy movies," espionage films have evolved over the history of cinema and American culture, from stereotypical foreign spy themes, to patriotic star features, to the Cold War plotlines of the sixties, and most recently to the sexy, slick films of the nineties. This reference filmography comprehensively catalogs movies involving elements of espionage, from The Abductors to Zotz! Each entry includes release date, running time, alternate titles, cast and crew, a brief synopsis, and commentary. An introduction analyzes the development of these films and their reflection of the changing culture that spawned them.

Choice

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This Is A Thriller

Author: Alan Warren
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The late 1950s and early 1960s were the golden years of horror television. Anthology series such as Way Out and Great Ghost Tales, along with certain episodes of Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, were among the shows that consistently frightened a generation of television viewers. And perhaps the best of them all was Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff.In Thriller the horror was gothic, with a darker, bleaker vision of life than its contemporaries. The show's origins and troubled history is first discussed here, followed by biographies of such key figures as producer William Frye, executive producer Hubbell Robinson, writers Robert Bloch and Donald S. Sanford, and Karloff. The episode guide covers all 67 installments, providing airdate, production credits, cast, plot synopses and critical evaluations.

Anna May Wong

Author: Philip Leibfried
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Anna May Wong, born in Los Angeles in 1905 to a traditional family that did not support her ambition, is the only Asian-American actress to have achieved stardom during Hollywood's Golden Age. In her youth she went to hundreds of motion pictures and studied the actors. She remained single to avoid a conventional Chinese marriage that could endanger her career. With her beauty and grace, she gradually became the darling of the intelligentsia, inspiring poems, songs, and crowds of admirers in the British Isles, Europe, and China. During World War II, she toured the United States, New Zealand, and Australia for the benefit of the Chinese war relief. Leaving a legacy of some 60 film appearances, numerous stage and television shows, and several radio spots, Wong remains an outstanding role model for Asian-American performers. This book covers Anna May Wong's entire career through detailed filmographic entries, each containing critical commentary as well as standard cast and technical credits, synopses, and newspaper and magazine reviews. The separate sections detail Wong's stage work and radio and television appearances. Information on Wong's beginnings in Los Angeles and personal life is also provided.