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Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and The Studio System

Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and The Studio System
Author: Thomas Schatz
ISBN 13: 9780075536239
ISBN 10: 75536234
Edition: 1
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Publication Date: 1981-02-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 297
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The central thesis of this book is that a genre approach provides the most effective means for understanding, analyzing and appreciating the Hollywood cinema. Taking into account not only the formal and aesthetic aspects of feature filmmaking, but various other cultural aspects as well, the genre approach treats movie production as a dynamic process of exchange between the film industry and its audience. This process, embodied by the Hollywood studio system, has been sustained primarily through genres, those popular narrative formulas like the Western, musical and gangster film, which have dominated the screen arts throughout this century.