ABCs of Classic Hollywood

By Ray, Robert B.

Speaking about the kind of filmmaking now known as Classic Hollywood, the most popular and influential cinema ever invented, Vincente Minnelli once gave away its secret: I feel that a picture that stays with you is made up of a hundred or more hidden things. Theyre things that the audience is not conscious of, but that accumulate. What are those hidden things? Can we invent a method that will enable us to discover them? Robert Ray attempts to answer those questions by looking closely at four movies from the 1930-1945 period when the American studio system reached the peak of its economic and cultural power: Grand Hotel, The Philadelphia Story, The Maltese Falcon, and Meet Me in St. Louis. To avoid the predictable generalizations that have plagued film studies, Ray works with the movies details-Grand Hotels room assignments or Meet Me in St. Louiss ketchup-which are treated as mysterious but promising clues. By producing at least one entry for every letter of the alphabet, Ray demonstrates that a movies details have much to tell us. The ABCs of Classic Hollywood is a movie primer, a deceptively simple book that spells out a fascinating account of the most powerful storytelling system ever designed.
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Ray, Robert B.

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Publisher : Oxford University Press
Publication Date : Apr 9, 2008
ISBN-13 : 9780190295806