Frank Capra

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März 1998



Frank Capra's films have had a lasting impact on American culture. His powerful depiction of American values, myths, and ideals was central to such famous Hollywood films as It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It's a Wonderful Life. These pre-war films are remembered for their depiction of an individual's overcoming adversity, populist politics, and an unflappable optimist view of life.This collection of nine essays by leading international film historians analyzes Capra's filmmaking during his most prolific period, from 1928 to 1939, taking a closer look at the more complex aspects of his work. They trace his struggles for autonomy against Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn, his reputation as an auteur, and the ways in which working within studio modes of production may have enhanced the director's strengths.The contributors also place their critiques within the context of the changing fortunes of the Hollywood studio system, the impact of the Depression, and Capra's working relationships with other studio staff and directors. The contributors' access to nineteen newly restored Capra films made at Columbia during this period fills this collection with some of the most comprehensive critiques available on the director's early body of work.


Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Anatomy of a House Director: Capra, Cohn, and Columbia in the 1930s Thomas Schatz 2. A Leap into the void: Frank Capra's Apprenticeship to Ideology Robert Sklar 3. It Is (Not) a Wonderful Life: For a Counter-reading of Frank Capra Vito Zagarrio 4. Capra and the Abyss: Self-interest versus the Common Good in Depression America Charles J. Maland 5. It Happened One Night: The Recreation of the Patriarch Richard Maltby 6. Roosevelt, Arnold, and Capra, (or) the Federalist-Populist Paradox Guiliana Musico 7. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Democratic Forums and Representational Forms Charles Wolfe 8. Studio Metamorphosis: Columbia's Emergence from Poverty Row Brian Taves 9. Notes on Columbia Pictures Corporation, 1926-1941, with a New Afterword Edward Buscombe Bibliography Filmography About the Contributors Index
EAN: 9781566396080
ISBN: 1566396085
Untertitel: Authorship and the Studio System. 'Culture & the Moving Image'. 25 b&w illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Temple University Press,U.S.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1998
Seitenanzahl: 293 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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