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Hollywood in Crisis: Cinema and American Society, 1929-39 (Cinema and Society) Paperback – 27 Jun 1996
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..."this book will find its way onto dozens of college reading lists, and undergraduates will be taken by the clarity of its linkages of movies and politics, its effective blend of narrative and topical chapters, and its neatly drawn political readings of movies meant as "mere" entertainments...All collections."-"Choice, May 1997
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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.