The New American History: Cimarron, 1931

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124063
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134765 | DOI:
The New American History: Cimarron, 1931

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This chapter looks at the 1931 historical film Cimarron. This film was based on Edna Ferber's novel and it was directed by Wesley Ruggles. This chapter suggests that this film pioneered a technique in historical film production which was followed by other films released during the 1930s and early 1940s. Those films during the next ten years would practice Cimarron's techniques of the foreword, the projected text insert, the use of extensive research, and the employment of one dominant screenwriter.

Keywords: Cimarron; historical films; Edna Ferber; Wesley Ruggles; film production; text insert; film research; screenwriting

Chapter.  10766 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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