The Resource Working-class Hollywood : silent film and the shaping of class in America, Steven J. Ross

Working-class Hollywood : silent film and the shaping of class in America, Steven J. Ross

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Working-class Hollywood : silent film and the shaping of class in America
Title
Working-class Hollywood
Title remainder
silent film and the shaping of class in America
Statement of responsibility
Steven J. Ross
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This pathbreaking book reveals how Hollywood became "Hollywood" and what that meant for the politics of America and American film. Working-Class Hollywood tells the story of filmmaking in the first three decades of the twentieth century, a time when going to the movies could transform lives and when the cinema was a battleground for control of the American consciousness. Steven Ross documents the rise of a working-class film movement that challenged the dominant political ideas of the day. Between 1907 and 1930, worker filmmakers repeatedly clashed with censors, movie industry leaders, and federal agencies over the kinds of images and subjects audiences would be allowed to see
  • The outcome of these battles was critical to our own times, for the victors got to shape the meaning of class in twentieth-century America
  • Surveying several hundred movies made by or about working men and women, Ross shows how filmmakers were far more concerned with class conflict during the silent era than at any subsequent time. Directors like Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and William de Mille made movies that defended working people and chastised their enemies. Worker filmmakers went a step further and produced movies from A Martyr to His Cause (1911) to The Gastonia Textile Strike (1929) that depicted a unified working class using strikes, unions, and socialism to transform a nation. J. Edgar Hoover considered these class-conscious productions so dangerous that he assigned secret agents to spy on worker filmmakers
  • Liberal and radical films declined in the 1920s as an emerging Hollywood studio system, pressured by censors and Wall Street investors, pushed American film in increasingly conservative directions. Appealing to people's dreams of luxury and upward mobility, studios produced lavish fantasy films that shifted popular attention away from the problems of the workplace and toward the pleasures of the new consumer society. While worker filmmakers were trying to heighten class consciousness, Hollywood producers were suggesting that class no longer mattered. Working-Class Hollywood shows how silent films helped shape the modern belief that we are a classless nation
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ross, Steven Joseph
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.L28
LC item number
R67 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Working class in motion pictures
  • Silent films
  • Motion pictures
  • Working class
  • Travailleurs au cinéma
  • Films muets
  • Cinéma
  • Travailleurs
  • Working class in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Silent films
  • Working class
  • Arbeiter <Motiv>
  • Politik
  • Stummfilm
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Working-class Hollywood : silent film and the shaping of class in America, Steven J. Ross
Link
https://archive.org/details/workingclassholl00ross
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Filmography: p. [259]-262
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Fantasy and Politics: Moviegoing and Movies in the 1920s
  • Lights Out: The Decline of Labor Filmmaking and the Triumph of Hollywood
  • Epilogue: The Movies Talk But What Do They Say?
  • The Rise of the Movies: Political Filmmaking and the Working Class
  • Going to the Movies: Leisure, Class, and Danger in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Visualizing the Working Class: Cinema and Politics before Hollywood
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Violent: Class Conflict and the Labor-Capital Genre
  • Making a Pleasure of Agitation: The Rise of the Worker Film Movement
  • The Rise of Hollywood: From Working Class to Middle Class
  • When Russia Invaded America: Hollywood, War, and the Movies
  • Struggles for the Screen: The Revival of the Worker Film Movement
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 367 pages
Isbn
9780691032344
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97008462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36824702
  • (OCoLC)ocm36824702
Label
Working-class Hollywood : silent film and the shaping of class in America, Steven J. Ross
Link
https://archive.org/details/workingclassholl00ross
Publication
Note
Filmography: p. [259]-262
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Fantasy and Politics: Moviegoing and Movies in the 1920s
  • Lights Out: The Decline of Labor Filmmaking and the Triumph of Hollywood
  • Epilogue: The Movies Talk But What Do They Say?
  • The Rise of the Movies: Political Filmmaking and the Working Class
  • Going to the Movies: Leisure, Class, and Danger in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Visualizing the Working Class: Cinema and Politics before Hollywood
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Violent: Class Conflict and the Labor-Capital Genre
  • Making a Pleasure of Agitation: The Rise of the Worker Film Movement
  • The Rise of Hollywood: From Working Class to Middle Class
  • When Russia Invaded America: Hollywood, War, and the Movies
  • Struggles for the Screen: The Revival of the Worker Film Movement
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 367 pages
Isbn
9780691032344
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97008462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36824702
  • (OCoLC)ocm36824702

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