From Publishers Weekly
"In this original, monumental survey of Hollywood's film studios from 1920 to 1955, Schatz, in contrast with the directorial theories of Andrew Sarris and other film historians, describes the creative give-and-take and the symbiotic accord between creators and front offices," wrote PW. Photos.
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From Library Journal
Several other histories of Hollywood's studio system have already been published, including Robert Stanley's The Celluloid Empire (LJ 5/15/78), Douglas Gomery's The Hollywood Studio System (LJ 1/86), and Ethan Mordden's The Hollywood Studios (LJ 5/15/88). All these books have some value, but Mordden and Schatz win top honors. Larger libraries should purchase both books, as they complement each other. Mordden's primary interest is aesthetics; Schatz's is business. Mordden's writing is sometimes brilliant, while Schatz's is only good, but Schatz has obviously done a lot of research, and he puts it to good use in a very readable book. John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan,
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