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The talkies : American cinema's transition to sound, 1926-1931

Author: Donald Crafton
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 1999, ©1997.
Series: History of the American cinema, v. 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Crafton
ISBN: 0520221281 9780520221284
OCLC Number: 40925862
Description: xii, 639 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: A new era in electrical entertainment --
Three seasons: the films of 1928-1931 --
Hearing the audience. Acknowledgments --
Introduction: the uncertainty of sound --
Part 1. A new era in electrical entertainment. Electric affinities --
Virtual Broadway, virtual orchestra: De Forest and vitaphone --
Fox-case, movietone, and the talking newsreel --
Enticing the audience: Warner Bros. and vitaphone --
Battle of the giants: ERPI and RCA consolidate sound --
The big hedge: Hollywood's defensive strategies --
Boom to bust --
Labor troubles --
Inaudible technology --
Exhibition: talkies change the bijou --
Part 2. Three seasons: the films of 1928-1931. The new entertainment vitamin: 1928-1929 --
Taming the talkies: 1929-1930 --
The well-tempered sound track: 1930-1931 --
The sound of custard: shorts, travelogues, and animated cartoons --
Outside the mainstream --
Foreign affairs --
Part 3. Hearing the audience. The voice squad --
Constructive criticism: the fans' perspective --
Buying Broadway: the jazz singer's reception --
"The great ninety per cent" --
Appendix 1. Selected box office grosses, 1928-1931 --
Appendix x 2. Academy Awards related to sound, 1927-1931 --
List of abbreviations --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Picture sources --
General index --
Index of films.
Series Title: History of the American cinema, v. 4.
Responsibility: Donald Crafton.
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