Post-Classical Hollywood: Film Industry, Style and Ideology since 1945

Synopsis

At the end of World War II, Hollywood basked in unprecedented prosperity. Since then, numerous challenges and crises have changed the American film industry. Nevertheless, at the start of a new century, Hollywood's worldwide dominance remains intact-indeed, in today's global economy, the products of the American entertainment industry (of which movies are now only one part) are more ubiquitous than ever. How does today's Hollywood-embedded within transnational media conglomerates like NewsCorp., Sony, and Viacom-differ from the legendary studios of its Golden Age? What are the dominant frameworks and conventions, the historical contexts and governing attitudes, through which films are made, marketed, and consumed, and how have these changed over the last seven decades?

Barry Langford explains and interrogates the concept of postclassical Hollywood cinema-its coherence, historical justification, and value in helping or hindering our understanding of Hollywood from the forties to today. Merging film history together with movies' social and political dimensions and Hollywood's distinctive methods of storytelling, Post-Classical Hollywood charts key critical debates and the histories they interpret, while offering its own account of the post-classical. Post-Classical Hollywood offers new perspective on the most enduringly fascinating artform of our age.