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Movie-Made America

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Movie-Made America

A Cultural History of American Movies

By Robert Sklar

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679755494, 432pp.

Publication Date: December 5, 1994

Description
Hailed as the definitive work upon its original publication in 1975 and now extensively revised and updated by the author, this vastly absorbing and richly illustrated book examines film as an art form, technological innovation, big business, and shaper of American values.
Ever since Edison's peep shows first captivated urban audiences, film has had a revolutionary impact on American society, transforming culture from the bottom up, radically revising attitudes toward pleasure and sexuality, and at the same time, cementing the myth of the American dream. No book has measured film's impact more clearly or comprehensively than Movie-Made America.
This vastly readable and richly illustrated volume examines film as art form, technological innovation, big business, and cultural bellwether. It takes in stars from Douglas Fairbanks to Sly Stallone; auteurs from D. W. Griffith to Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee; and genresfrom the screwball comedy of the 1930s to the "hard body" movies of the 1980s to the independents films of the 1990s.
Combining panoramic sweep with detailed commentaries on hundreds of individual films, Movie-Made Americais a must for any motion picture enthusiast.


About the Author
Robert Sklar was born in 1936 and was educated in the public schools of Long Beach, California, and at Princeton University. After working as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, he received his Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University of 1965. He was a professor of cinemaat New York University s Tisch School of the Arts for more than thirty years, served on the selection committee of theNew York Film Festival, and was a member of theNational Film Preservation Board. Mr. Sklar's other books include Film: An International History of the Medium and City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield. He died in 2011."


Praise For Movie-Made America

"THE history of the American movie, combining social history, economics, and a precise and effective sense of film criticism."--Frank Friedel, Harvard University

"One of the best popular works we have in the field of media ecology....There is hardly a single question regarding the transforming power of movies that [Sklar] leaves untouched."--Neil Postman