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following works are often cited in research related to the film
history and the Golden Age of Hollywood. While not a comprehensive
list, these are considered classic publications on film history.
These books include bibliographies which provide access to further
David, and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction.
6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
by two leading film scholars, Film History: An Introduction
is a comprehensive survey of film from the backlots of Hollywood,
across the United States, and around the world. Of particular
to those interested Hollywood’s Golden Age will be
chapter 9 ‘The Introduction of Sound, 1926-1945’
and chapter 10 ‘The Hollywood Studio System, 1930-1945.’
Undergraduate Library (PN1993.5.A1 T45 2003)
Richard. Hollywood Cinema. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell
Cinema provides an historical account of Hollywood
in addition to examining its cultural and aesthetic significance.
The book covers basic information about Hollywood while
explaining how both the movies and the critical/theoretical
discourse of film study have evolved over time.
Davis (PN1993.5.U6 M2296 2003)
Gerald. A Short History of the Movies. 4th ed. New
York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1986.
mainstay in college film history courses, A Short History
of the Movies charts cinema's history from the 1800s
to the present. Chapter 11 of the eighth edition focuses
specifically on ‘The American Studio Years: 1930-1945.’
The eighth edition of this book was published in 2003. The
latest edition not available at this library, but may be
obtained through interlibrary
Davis (PN1993.5.A1 M39 1986)
Library (PN1993.5.A1 M39 1986b)
Thomas.The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in
the Studio Era. New York: Pantheon, 1998.
Schatz details the workings of the studio system from the
silent era to its final collapse in the 1960s. Working from
industry documents, Schatz traces the development of studio
styles, the rise and fall of careers, and the making of
movies, from Frankenstein to Spellbound to Grand Hotel.
This book is highly acclaimed by Variety and The
New York Times.
Davis (PN1993.5.U65 S3 1988)
Undergraduate Library (PN1993.5.U65 S3 1988)