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Before Hollywood

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 3847 words.

‘Before Hollywood’ describes how early film technology and storytelling methods developed out of older media. It begins with Thomas Edison’s Vitascope and the first dedicated movie...

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The blacklist and the Cold War

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 4257 words.

Hollywood’s foray into politics during World War II had major repercussions in the postwar period. It led to standoffs with conservative factions in Congress, it fractured the Hollywood...

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Digital cinema and the internet

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 3883 words.

The incorporation of digital images into film and television is as much a revolution as sound, color, or widescreen cinema. And as competition from small and international media companies...

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Five theses on the history of Hollywood

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 898 words.

The main focus of this VSI is on the big picture: the adoption of new technologies, responses to competition from independent filmmakers, and the impact of the political and cultural tumult...

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Hollywood

Peter Decherney.

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Book. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 160 pages.

Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction tells the story of Hollywood, from its nineteenth-century origins to the emergence of internet media empires. It recounts how the studio system rose out...

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Hollywood at war

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 4404 words.

Once the U.S. entered World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Bureau of Motion Pictures and a number of additional offices and agencies designed to leverage Hollywood as...

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Home video and Indiewood

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 4226 words.

‘Home video and Indiewood’ describes how in the 1970s and 1980s home video took Hollywood by surprise. The industry took time adjusting to the changes wrought by the new medium, but in the...

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The New Hollywood

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 4727 words.

After World War II, the Hollywood studio system entered a period of major transformation, and by the late 1960s a New Hollywood emerged. ‘The New Hollywood’ outlines some of the influences...

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Sound and the Production Code

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 5022 words.

Despite studio heads’ best efforts to manage risk and build consistency into the studio system, they could never stave off disruptions for very long. There is always a new cultural,...

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The studio system

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 4936 words.

Carl Laemmle, Adolph Zukor, William Fox, and the other independents overthrew the Trust only to form their own closely linked group of industry power brokers. ‘The studio system’ describes...

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