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InThe Genius of the System, Thomas Schatz recalls Hollywood's Golden Age from the 1920s until the dawn of television in the late 1940s, when quality films were produced swiftly and cost efficiently thanks to the intricate design of the system. Schatz takes us through the rise and fall of individual careers and the makingand unmakingof movies such asFrankenstein,Casablanca, and Hitchcock'sNotorious. Through detailed analysis of major Hollywood moviemakers including Universal, Warner Bros., and MGM, he reminds us of a time when studios had distinct personalities and the relationship between contracts and creativity was not mutually exclusive.
Thomas Schatz is professor of communication at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of several books, including Hollywood Genres and Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Center of Gravity
Introduction: "The Whole Equation of Pictures"
The 1920s: Beginnings
Universal: the System Takes shape
MGM: Dawn of the Thalberg Era
Selznick at MGM: Climbing the Executive Ranks
Warner Bros: Talking Their Way to the Top
1928 - 1932: The Powers That Be
Selznick at Paramount: From Boom to Bust
Universal: Renaissance and Retrenchment
MGM and Thalberg: Alone at the Top
Selznick at Rko: At the Helm of a Foundering Studio
Warner Bros: The Zanuck Era
The 1930s: Golden Age
MGM in the Mid-Thirties: Charmed Interval
Selznick International Pictures: Going Independent
Warner Bros.: Power Plays and Prestige
Universal: Playing Both ends Against the Middle
MGM: Life after Thalberg
Selznick and Hitchcock: Balance of Power
1941-1946: War Boom
Warner Bros.: Warfare at Home and Abroad
David O. Selznick Productions: Packaging Prestige
Universal: The Best of Both Worlds
MGM: The High Cost of Quality
Selznick and Hitchcock: Separate Ways
Warner Bros.: Top of the world, end of the Line
MGM: Last Gasp of the studio Era
UNIVERSAL: Blueprint for the Television age
Epilogue: Into the new Hollywood
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