The Common People, Historic Drama and Preparations for War

Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich and Sharon Monteith

in Film Histories

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619061
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670888 | DOI:
The Common People, Historic Drama and Preparations for War

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This chapter discusses how the film industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France in the late 1930s turned to historical subject matter and the plight of the common people in response to both the Depression and the growing threat of fascism. The chapter also includes the study, ‘Columbia Pictures: The Making of a Motion Picture Major, 1930–1943’ by Tino Balio, which seeks to understand Columbia as an economic organisation. It provides a business history that does not concern itself with the history of film texts, styles, or movements, but rather with the changing economic strategies of a specific film company.

Keywords: film industry; filmmaking; United States; United Kingdom; France; Great Depression; fascism; Columbia Pictures; Tino Balio; film history

Chapter.  9714 words. 

Subjects: Film

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