Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s (History of the American Cinema)

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Boom and Bust traces the movie industry through the momentous decade of the 1940s. It discusses changes in the structure of the studio system—including the shift to independent production—and the dominant stars, genres, and production trends through the period.

Product Details

  • Series: History of the American Cinema (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 582 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 23, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520221303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520221307
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

Indispensible for anyone interested in US film or the ’40s

11 people found this helpful.
 on December 21, 2000
By Benjamin L. Alpers
An extraordinary book in an extraordinary series (all the other volumes in the History of the American Cinema are first rate as well). Schatz tells the fascinating story of a decade in which Hollywood saw its fortunes rise and then collapse. Not just a fine example of film history, but of business history as well.

Worth every penny!

7 people found this helpful.
 on March 20, 2003
By SandyWells
Any serious artist should have this text on their shelf. The simple anantomy of the human body is not enough as found in other similar texts, but this text offers not only dancers in motion but still poised with lighting that shows the muscles we completely miss in full light. The silver gelatin prints darken the skin enough to show each nuance. A must have.

Beauty in flesh

5 people found this helpful.
 on September 19, 1999
By bentmax
Passion and Line is one of my very favorite books and I have thousands of books. It inspires me. It motivates me. It is the zenith of what the human body can be. I get chills each time I view this thrilling book. The hard work, the incredible discipline of the dancers is exquisitly captured by Howard Schultz. Bravo to the Artist Schultz and bravo to his subject dancers.

One book in a set of ten

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 9, 2013
By Charles H. Harpole
This book is a part of the ten volume History of American Cinema series from Editor, Charles H. Harpole’s Cinema History Project. The series is often listed in a bundle of ten separate books under Harpole’s authorship. Some advertisements for one book imply the sale is for all ten books, beware, and some imply sale of all ten books as a set. Read carefully. The series contains ten individual books.

A must-have for any cinephile

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 6, 2013
By MarkK
Thomas Schatz’s volume in the “History of the American Cinema” series opens on an industry enjoying renewed prosperity yet facing a variety of challenges. An ongoing antitrust investigation by the federal government portended the likely breakup of the monopolistic (and profitable) distribution system. War in Europe disrupted international markets and reduced profits. And looming on the horizon was television, an emerging technology which threatened the dominance of movies as America’s premier form of entertainment. Yet Hollywood would enjoy considerable triumphs as America’s entry into World War II brought new opportunities and fueled the development of new film styles. By the end of the war the film industry enjoyed record profits and a prominent role as a medium of American values. The industry’s problems had merely lay dormant during the wartime years, however, while profits declined in the tumultuous economy of the postwar era. As a result, by the end of the decade American cinema faced an uncertain future, with the Paramount decision leading to the break-up of the distribution system and television emerging as a competitor for the leisure time — and dollars — of the American people.

A beautiful celebration of humyn potential!

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 31, 1998
This book is a wonderful rareity; a collection of breathtaking photographs that doens’t sink to the level of objectification or predictability. The work is a celebration! The pictures are full of life and vitality, and it’s obvious that Mr. Schatz has a profound respect for the dancers. He brings out the beauty of each of his models in a unique and interesting way. I will definately look for more his work!

Creative, unique, wonderful look at the human form!

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 9, 1998
Five stars! As an artist, Howard Schatz breaks new ground in representing the human form. His dancers are shown in some of the best photographs I’ve ever seen. An artist myself, I love his use of composition, subject matter, black & white film, and paused action. Absolutely wonderful.

Absolutely visually exciting! Light and line at its BEST!!

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 23, 1998
By Timothy Anderson
This book was everything that I’ve been looking for in a photographic study. Not only are the images beautiful, but the layout is artistic. The reproductions are top-notch on oversized, heavy paper. A treasure.

Great book for film class!

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 22, 2008
By C. Jasiulek
This is a wonderful book if you’re taking a film class or just want to learn some interesting information regarding films during the early 1900s. Includes many photos.

A real BEST not a Bust for Movie lovers

One person found this helpful.
 on July 23, 2014
By SilentFilms101
As a longtime film history devotee (lectured at MoMA, met a number of actors via my library career). This series ( #6 of 10 volumes) is one of the greatest resources for those wanting to learn about the cinematic past. Personally, I had started getting the set from day one of publication. Unfortunately, became VERY ill after volume 4 and eventually moved. Meanwhile the series had been ended and became out-of-print a while back. Upon retirement I decided to finish the set and was able to get this volume to complete the series (other volumes were picked up before able to get this one). So happy to finally have it. Thus been, upon arrival, reading it page by page. Thus, I firmly recommend it to one and all who want to really learn about Film History from a 100 % A+ resource!! The reader will just about all and everything dealing with 1940s Hollywood.

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