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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful analysis of a fascinating period in Hollywood's history, 16 Sep 2009
This review is from: Hollywood in Crisis: Cinema and American Society 1929-1939: Cinema and American Society, 1929-39 (Cinema and Society) (Paperback)
Anyone with an interest in this classic period of Hollywood will find a lot to enjoy in this book. Taking the years bewtween 1929 and 1939 with some minor analytical diversions, Shindler considers the relationship between American history and the film industry.
Often writing at length about the political events impacting on the US during this tumultuous period, he always manages to link it in with the workings of the Hollywood machine.
Taking a number of approaches he is fascinating in his analysis, academic but always accessable. He uses genre and auteur studies particualrly effectively in regard to the gangster film and the works of both Frank Capra and John Ford.
If there is one minor caveat, it is that Shindler does not consider the popularity and wane of the horror genre during this period, a space issue perhaps? Nor does he write about the star system, although in fairness there are some crisp comments about Humphery Bogart and Henry Fonda but this was outside of a wider view of the star system as a whole.
In all though, marvellous.
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