Hollywood as Historian: American Film in a Cultural Context

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University Press of Kentucky, 1998 - Всего страниц: 288
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" Freddie Maas's revealing memoir offers a unique perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system. An ambitious twenty-three-year-old, Maas moved to Hollywood and launched her own writing career by drafting a screenplay of the bestselling novel The Plastic Age for ""It"" girl Clara Bow. On the basis of that script, she landed a staff position at powerhouse MGM studios. In the years to come, she worked with and befriended numerous actors and directors, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Eric von Stroheim, as well as such writers and producers as Thomas Mann and Louis B. Mayer. As a professional screenwriter, Fredderica quickly learned that scripts and story ideas were frequently rewritten and that screen credit was regularly given to the wrong person. Studio executives wanted well-worn plots, but it was the writer's job to develop the innovative situations and scintillating dialogue that would bring to picture to life. For over twenty years, Freddie and her friends struggled to survive in this incredibly competitive environment. Through it all, Freddie remained a passionate, outspoken woman in an industry run by powerful men, and her provocative, nonconformist ways brought her success, failure, wisdom, and a wealth of stories, opinions, and insight into a fascinating period in screen history.

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Cultural History Written with Lightning The Significance of The Birth of a Nation 1915
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Problems in Film History How Fox Innovated Sound
20
Ideology and Film Rhetoric Three Documentaries of the New Deal Era 19361941
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Fighting Words City Lights 1931 Modern Times 1936 and The Great Dictator 1940
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The Grapes of Wrath 1940 Thematic Emphasis through Visual Style
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History with Lightning The Forgotten Film Wilson 1944
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The Negro Soldier 1944 Film Propaganda in Black and White
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The Snake Pit 1948 The Sexist Nature of Sanity
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Dr Strangelove 1964 Nightmare Comedy and the Ideology of Liberal Consensus
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A Test of American Film Censorship Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966
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Apocalypse Now 1979 Joseph Conrad and the Television War
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Film Television and American Studies A 1998 Update
246
Film Data and Purchase Sources
270
Contributors
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Index
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