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American Film History : Selected Readings, Origins to 1960 (Paperback)

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This authoritative collection of introductory and specialized readings takes readers through the multi-layered history of early American film, from its inception in the late 1890's through the decline of the studio system in the 1960's. Accessibly structured by historical period to provide cultural, social, political, and technological contexts, the volume covers a range of essential subjects, from the silent era and its iconic figures such as Charlie Chaplin, to the coming of sound and the rise of the studio system ù the moguls in charge, the genres that took hold, and the chilling restrictions of the Production Code and the Hollywood blacklist. The volume also examines the early contributions of women, African-Americans, and the avant-garde.

With essays written by established scholars, this volume balances coverage of vital trends and developments in mainstream cinema with topics often relegated to the margins of standard film histories. Key filmmakers and films given in-depth treatment include D. W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Erich von Stroheim, and Cecil B. DeMille, The Jazz Singer, Scarface, Red Dust, Meet Me in St. Louis, Citizen Kane, Bambi, Frank Capra's Why We Fight series, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Rebel Without a Cause, along with selected avant-garde and underground films, among many others. The volume is designed with both the scholar and the student in mind: each section opens with an historical overview and provides close, careful readings of individual films clustered around specific topics. Additional online resources such as general and specialized sample syllabi, with suggested readings and filmographies, are available at

Cynthia Lucia is Professor of English and Director of Film and Media Studies at Rider University. She is author of Framing Female Lawyers: Women on Trial in Film (2005), and numerous anthologized essays. She writes for and has served on the editorial board of Cineaste magazine for more than two decades.

Roy Grundmann is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Boston University. He is the author of Andy Warhol's ****** (2003) and the editor of A Companion to Michael Haneke (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He is a Contributing Editor of Cineaste, has published essays in numerous anthologies and journals, and has curated retrospectives on Michael Haneke, Andy Warhol, and Matthias Muller.

Art Simon is Professor of Film Studies at Montclair State University. He is the author of Dangerous Knowledge: The JFK Assassination in Art and Film (2nd edition, 2013). He has curated film exhibitions for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and his work has been published in various anthologies and journals.

Together they are the editors of the four-volume collection The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film (201 2) and American Film History: Selected Readings, 1960 to the Present (2016), both published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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