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Boom and Bust American Cinema in the 1940s

by Thomas Schatz

Part of the History of the American Cinema Series

Boom and Bust American Cinema in the 1940s Synopsis

Boom and Bust traces the movie industry through the momentous decade of the 1940s. It discusses changes in the structure of the studio system - including the shift to independent production - and the dominant stars, genres, and production trends through the period.

Boom and Bust American Cinema in the 1940s Press Reviews

Boom and Bust constitutes an essential background for anyone interested in this complicated decade. . . . By dealing with break and continuity together, Schatz is able to tell several histories of American film: the history of the cinema's recruitment by politics, but also the history of industrial practices that move at their own irreducible speed. --Dana Polan, Film Quarterly

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520221307
Publication date: 10th November 1999
Author: Thomas Schatz
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 582 pages
Categories: Cinema industry, History: specific events & topics,

About Thomas Schatz

Thomas Schatz is Philip G. Warner Professor of Communication at the University of Texas, Austin. His previous books include The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era (1996) and Hollywood Film Genres (1980). He is a regular contributor to various television programs on film, including the PBS series The American Cinema.

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