Hollywood, the Dream Factory: An Anthropologist Looks at the Movie-Makers

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Index
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO, 325-326
Accounting in movie industry, 87-90
Acting, art of, analyzed, 205-207; emphasis on exhibitionism, 207; compulsion to act, 207-208; egocentric nature of, 208; movie and stage, 215- 216
Actors, relationship of, with directors, 29, 30, 219-225; with producers, 30; lack of planned training for, 33; stereotyping of, 47, 251, 254, 265- 266; as property, 84, 113; exhibitionism of, 205-207, 264-265; status and income of, 209-210; character of, 209-210, 212-213, 266; factors in work and life of, 210; and contracts, 210-211, 215; problem of roles for, 211-214; loaning of, 214-215; at rehearsals, 217, 300-301; reaction of, to lack of audience, 218-219; lack of individuality of, 225-226; and agent relations, 238-240, 256-258; attitude of, toward executives, 254- 256; and their opinion of writers, 258; and their resentment of publicity men, 258-261, 265; relations of, with business managers, 261-262; power of technical crew over, 262- 263; intensity of reactions to, 263- 266; individual, described, 266-278; personal lives of, 278-279; life and career summarized, 279-280; problem of creativity of, 291-295. See also Starlets, Stars
Actors' directors, 192-193. See also Directors
Actors' Guild, 6, 85
Actor's Laboratory, Los Angeles, 20
Adaptation of novel or play, 153
Agents, 29; role of, 84, 256-258; publicity, 238-240
Aggression, problem of, in contemporary society, 325
Alice in Wonderland (Carroll) cited, 99
All the King's Men,299
American Film Festival, 300
Animism, 281-282; inverted, in Hollywood thinking, 282-283
Antitrust suits, 48
Anxieties, movies as escape from, 12- 13; in contemporary life, 308, 311- 312; in present-day Hollywood, 308- 310, 327-328
Arbuckle, "Fatty," 55-56
Arch of Triumph,252
Arden, Eve, 248
Aristocracy, new, of Hollywood, 278
Art, influence of background and system of production in, 3; and conflict with business, in movie industry, 25-29. See also Artists
Art theaters, 297-298
Artists, problem of creativity for, 291- 295; concept of unimportance of, 314-317
Assembly line, production as, 30-31, 53
Attitudes, influence of magical thinking on, 284-285
Auden, W. H., quoted, 307
Audience, influence of, on production, 36; changing standards and attitudes of, 45, 109-110, 297-299; problem of actor and, 218-219; polls of, in determination of taste, 285
Authority. See Power Autographs of stars, 249

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  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction - Why an Anthropologist Studied Hollywood 3
  • Chapter I - Habitat and People, Mythical and Real 16
  • Chapter II - Mass Production of Dreams 39
  • Chapter III - Taboos 54
  • Chapter IV - Front Office 82
  • Chapter V - Men Who Play God 100
  • Chapter VI - Lesser Gods, but Colossal 111
  • Chapter VII - The Scribes 131
  • Chapter VIII - Assembling the Script 150
  • Chapter IX - The Answers 170
  • Chapter X - Directors 185
  • Chapter XI - Acting, in Hollywood 205
  • Chapter XII - Stars 228
  • Chapter XIII - Actors Are People 254
  • Chapter XIV - Emerging from Magic 281
  • Chapter XV - Hollywood and the U.S.A. 307
  • Index 333
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