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Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  2 reviews
This path-breaking book reveals how Hollywood became "Hollywood" and what that meant for the politics of America and American film. "Working-Class Hollywood" tells the story of filmmaking in the first three decades of the twentieth century, a time when going to the movies could transform lives and when the cinema was a battleground for control of American consciousness. St ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published January 3rd 2000 by Princeton University Press (first published December 22nd 1997)
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Aug 27, 2007 China rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in labor history
There was an amazingly vital labor film industry during the silent era. Labor Unions and Organizations (AFL, CIO, IWW) began their own production studios and released several feature length films that aimed to represent actual labor struggles in a fair light. They were an important reaction to the anti-labor studios and films being released at the time.
His analysis of the popularity of the movie palaces during the early twenties was particularly illuminating...
Excellent, though somewhat repetitive, book on how labor issues were depicted in silent films, how the film industry's labor issues influenced their ideology, censorship, and the efforts of labor to bring their side of the story to the screen. Written by a labor scholar rather than a film scholar, and it's interesting to see the topic from a fresh viewpoint
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