The Talkies: American Cinema’s Transition to Sound, 1926-1931 (History of the American Cinema)

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The Talkies offers readers a rare look at the time when sound was a vexing challenge for filmmakers and the source of contentious debate for audiences and critics. Donald Crafton presents a panoramic view of the talkies' reception as well as in-depth looks at sound design in selected films, filmmaking practices, censorship, issues of race, and the furious debate over cinema aesthetics that erupted once the movies began to speak.

Product Details

  • Series: History of the American Cinema (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 651 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (November 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520221281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520221284
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Four Stars

 on October 11, 2016
By Tim Main
A dense text.

Comprehensive book on motion pictures’ transition to sound

13 helpful votes
 on June 11, 2006
By calvinnme
This is a very interesting book on a very short but crucial period of time in film history. This book combines biographical information, business strategies of the studios, cultural ramifications, and the actual technical aspects of the transition to sound in a somewhat academic style that is both entertaining and informative.

Tour de force among all 10 volumes which are now in publicat

8 helpful votes
 on September 23, 2003
Crafton out-did himself and his established firm scholarship in this book. A “must have.”

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