1. Films produced by the major Hollywood studios in what many refer to as the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood from the 1930s until the early 1950s.
2. Conventions of narrative, camerawork, and editing employed in these films and their continuing use and influence as the dominant (though increasingly flouted) film conventions in cinema and television. In particular, the convention or code of invisible or continuity editing. More broadly a style that foregrounds the narrative and backgrounds the processes of construction involved in making a film: see also classic realist text; naturalism.
3. Specifically, the classical narrative structure employed in these films.
4. The studio system that produced these films, which had largely disappeared by the early 1960s.