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Boom and Bust American Cinema in the 1940s by Thomas Schatz

Boom and Bust American Cinema in the 1940s

Part of the History of the American Cinema Series


Boom and Bust American Cinema in the 1940s by Thomas Schatz

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 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

About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

10th November 1999


Thomas Schatz

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University of California Press


582 pages


Cinema industry
History: specific events & topics



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