Hollywood Highbrow: From Entertainment To Art (Princeton Studies In Cultural Sociology)
Today's moviegoers and critics generally consider some Hollywood products--even some blockbusters--to be legitimate works of art. But during the first half century of motion pictures very few Americans would have thought to call an American movie "art." Up through the 1950s, American movies were regarded as a form of popular, even lower-class, entertainment. By the 1960s and 1970s, however, viewer...
Series: Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology (Book 30)
Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 14, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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“Don't avoid this book because it is sociology! This is one of the best (if not the best) books I've ever read on the subject of art cinema. Baumann focuses on the New Hollywood, demonstrating how an art cinema comes to be valued as such. It is engag...”
were regularly judging Hollywood films by artistic criteria previously applied only to high art forms. In Hollywood Highbrow, Shyon Baumann for the first time tells how social and cultural forces radically changed the public's perceptions of American movies just as those forces were radically changing the movies themselves.The development in the United States of an appreciation of film as an art was, Baumann shows, the product of large changes in Hollywood and American society as a whole. With the postwar rise of television, American movie audiences shrank dramatically and Hollywood responded by appealing to richer and more educated viewers. Around the same time, European ideas about the director as artist, an easing of censorship, and the development of art-house cinemas, film festivals, and the academic field of film studies encouraged the idea that some American movies--and not just European ones--deserved to be considered art.