Regarding Frank Capra: Audience, Celebrity, And American Film Studies, 1930-1960
Eric Loren SmoodinISBN: 0822333945;
Book DescriptionIn this innovative historical examination of the American movie audience, Eric Smoodin focuses on reactions to the films of Frank Capra. Best known for his Hollywood features?including It Happened One Night, It?s a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?Capra also directed educational films, military films, and documentaries. Based on his analysis of the reception of a broad range of Capra?s films, Smoodin considers the preferences and the attitudes toward Hollywood of the people who watched movies during the "Golden Age" of studio production, from 1930 to 1960. Drawing on archival sources including fan letters, exhibitor reports, military and prison records, government and corporate documents, and trade journals, Smoodin explains how the venues where Capra?s films were seen and the strategies used to promote the films affected audience response and how, in turn, audience response shaped film production. He analyzes issues of...
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