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Movies and American society
Ross, Steven J., 1949-
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Oxford ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., [2002]

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xx, 375 pages ; 24 cm.
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PN1993.5.U6 M6695 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This outstanding collection of the best film history scholarship gathers recent essays and supporting documents to illustrate the power of movies to change, and be changed by, American society.

Author Notes

Steven J. Ross is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. He is co-founder and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and the author of Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati (1985) and Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America (1998), which won the Theater Library Association Book Award. Ross is a recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Film Scholars Award.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Introduction: Why Movies Matter
1 Going to the Movies: Early Audiences
Introduction to the Article.Article: From The Making of American Audiences: From Stage to Television, 1750-1990Richard Butsch
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
"The Nickel Madness"Barton W. Carrie
Report of Censorship of Motion Pictures and of Investigation of Motion Picture Theatres of Cleveland (1913)Robert O. Bartholomew
"House Fly Panics Pittsburgh Movie Audience"
Readings and Screenings
2 Heroes and Heroines of Their Own Entertainment: Progressive-Era Cinema
Introduction to the Article
Article: From The Loud Silents: Origins of the Social Problem FilmKay Sloan
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
"The Social Uses of the Moving Picture"W. Stephen Bush
Los Angeles Socialist Movie Theater
Readings and Screenings
3 The Rise of Hollywood: Movies, Ideology, and Audiences in the Roaring Twenties:.Introduction to the Article
Article: From Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in AmericaSteven J. Ross
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
"The Deluxe Picture Palace"Lloyd Lewis
"Petting At the Movies"E. J. Mitchell
"The Actor's Part"Milton Sills
Readings and Screenings
4 Who Controls What We See?: Censorship and the Attack on Hollywood "Immorality"
Introduction to the Article
Article: Hollywood Censored: The Production Code Administration and the Hollywood Film Industry, 1930-1940Gregory D. Black
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
The Power of the Movies and Debates Over Censorship
Readings and Screenings
5 Confronting the Great Depression: Renewing Democracy in Hard Times
Introduction to the Article.Article: From The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American WayLary May
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
"The Movies and Political Propaganda": Upton Sinclair
Readings and Screenings
6 Alternative Cinemas: Movies on the Margins.Introduction to the Article
Article: From Hollywood's High Noon: Moviemaking and Society Before TelevisionThomas Cripps
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
"The Negro and the Photo-Play"Oscar Micheaux
"'The Symbol of the Unconquered, New Play"
"Some New American Documentaries: In Defense of LibertyJohn H. Winge
Readings and Screenings
7 Seeing Red: Cold War Hollywood
Introduction to the Article.Article: From American Cinema/American CultureJohn Belton
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
FBI Report, "Communist Political Influence and Activities in the Motion Picture Business in Hollywood, California."
"The Waldorf Statement," issued by the Association of Motion Picture Producers
Readings and Screenings
8 Eisenhower's America: Prosperity and Problems in the 1950s
Introduction to the Article.Article: From American Film and Society Since 1945Leonard Quart and Albert Auster
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
Teen Idol: Hedda Hopper InterviewsJames Dean
Reviews of Rebel Without a Cause
Readings and Screenings
9 Black and White in Color: Race and Film in the 1960s and 1970s
Introduction to the Article
Article: From Framing Blackness: The African American Image in FilmEd Guerrero
Documents:.Introduction to the Documents
Variety Reports Reactions to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
"Blaxploitation Movies: Cheap Thrills That Degrade Blacks"Alvin F. Poussaint
Readings and Screenings
10 Vietnam and the Crisis of American Power: Movies, War, and Militarism