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Classic Hollywood: Lifestyles and Film Styles of American Cinema, 1930-1960
by Veronica Pravadelli
translated by Michael Meadows
University of Illinois Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-0-252-09673-0 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03877-8 | Paper: 978-0-252-08034-0
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.U6P6713 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Studies of "Classic Hollywood" typically treat Hollywood films released from 1930 to 1960 as a single interpretive mass. Veronica Pravadelli complicates this idea. Focusing on dominant tendencies in box office hits and Oscar-recognized classics, she breaks down the so-called classic period into six distinct phases that follow Hollywood's amazingly diverse offerings from the emancipated females of the "Transition Era" and the traditional men and women of the conservative 1930s that replaced it to the fantastical Fifties movie musicals that arose after anti-classic genres like film noir and women's films.
 
Pravadelli sets her analysis apart by paying particular attention to the gendered desires and identities exemplified in the films. Availing herself of the significant advances in film theory and modernity studies that have taken place since similar surveys first saw publication, she views Hollywood through strategies as varied as close textural analysis, feminism, psychoanalysis, film style and study of cinematic imagery, revealing the inconsistencies and antithetical traits lurking beneath Classic Hollywood's supposed transparency.

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