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Sociology on film : postwar Hollywood's prestige commodity

Author: Chris Cagle
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"After World War II, Hollywood's "social problem films"--tackling topical issues that included racism, crime, mental illness, and drug abuse--were hits with critics and general moviegoers alike. Sociology on Film considers the postwar "problem film" as a form of popular sociology, translating contemporary policy debates and intellectual discussions into cinematic form. Examining the politics and aesthetics of films  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Cagle
ISBN: 9780813576947 0813576946 9780813576930 0813576938
OCLC Number: 948338951
Description: x, 188 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Two modes of prestige film --
Hollywood as popular sociology --
Hollywood and the public sphere --
A genre out of cycles --
Realist melodrama --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Chris Cagle.

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"After World War II, Hollywood's "social problem films"--tackling topical issues that included racism, crime, mental illness, and drug abuse--were hits with critics and general moviegoers alike. Sociology on Film considers the postwar "problem film" as a form of popular sociology, translating contemporary policy debates and intellectual discussions into cinematic form. Examining the politics and aesthetics of films like Gentleman's Agreement and The Lost Weekend, Chris Cagle explores how the genre both shaped and reflected the middle-class audience's views of society" -- From the publisher.

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"Sociology on Film delivers intriguing new insights on the operations of Hollywood in the postwar years and its complex, muted engagement with the problems of social and industrial modernity." -Lee Read more...

 
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