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Hollywoods New Deal Giuliana Muscio

Hollywoods New Deal

Giuliana Muscio

Published January 8th 1997
ISBN : 9781566394963
Paperback
259 pages
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Weaving together film and political history, Giuliana Muscio traces the connections between Depression Era Hollywood and the popularity of FDR, asserting that politics transformed its public into spectators while the movie industry transformed itsMoreWeaving together film and political history, Giuliana Muscio traces the connections between Depression Era Hollywood and the popularity of FDR, asserting that politics transformed its public into spectators while the movie industry transformed its spectators into a public. Hollywoods New Deal reveals the ways in which this reciprocal relationship between politics and film evolved into a strategic effort to stabilize a nation in the clutches of economic unrest by creating a unified American consciousness through national cinema. Muscio analyzes such regulatory practices as the Hays Code and the governments scrutinizing of monopolistic practices such as block booking and major studio ownership of movie theaters. Hollywoods New Deal, focusing on the management and structure of the film industry, delves deep into the Paramount case detailing the behind-the-scenes negotiations and the public statements that ended with film industry leaders agreeing to self regulate and eliminate monopolistic practices.