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Sklar has revised and updated this imposing, wide-ranging analysis of American cinema, first published in 1975; 80 b&w photos.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sklar shows that movies not only reflect our society but influence it as well. This update advances the study to 1993 films. "Well worth consideration" (LJ
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Revised & Updated edition (December 5, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679755497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679755494
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Devon on December 4, 2003
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Sklar's Movie Made America was assigned as my textbook for a film class I just finished here at UCLA. At first I thought it to be a bit boring, especially because I thought it was just repeating what the professor had discussed in class. However, when I truly began to appreciate this book and take the time to read every word, I realized that Sklar not only presents the facts, but synthesizes the history of American cinema in innovative and interesting contexts. He discusses the way that film, from its start, has changed America as a social body, as a political body, as an economic body, and as a body in of itself.
Certain chapters were intriguing because they took standpoints different than any other author. And while the words are a bit dated, last revised over 10 years ago, it still has a spooky sense of relevance.
Overall, a wonderful book. If you're interested in the history of American film, here you go. I'm not selling this one back to the bookstore during Buy-Back time. That's for sure.
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For those who wish to extend beyond the wisdom of the typical movie buff -- knowing how much a particular film grossed; memorizing the dialogue of a film word for word; spotting discrepancies in plots -- this book is for you. Do you know how films came to be? Who and what were the catalysts that aided the popularity of the motion picture industry? What's the story on the current Hollywood studios? Although sometimes tedious, this book is the complete guide for those who are curious about both motion pictures and the interesting history that entails.
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I was assigned this as reading in my History and Film class. It covers everything from the beginning of film with Edison and the creation of the first projectors up to the 80's. Sklar presents the material in an easy to read way, its not too much information for those who are not familiar with this area of history. At times it can be a little monotonous, listing film after film and its relevance, but if you can get through it, you will learn a decent amount about the films. It is not a comprehensive work but a good start if you are interested. It will make you go and watch some of those old historical classics.
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When I started teaching Cinema Studies, I bought a bunch of books. This one gave me the best information and point of view. Not easy to get into, but worth the effort.
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This is a great book that was required reading for Steven Ross' "Film, Power, and American, History" course at USC. Not only was it very relevant and well organized, but genuinely interesting too!
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Coherently written, with an eye to the sociological and economic factors of culture and how Hollywood was both influenced and a great influence on (mainly) American culture.
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Even the intro provides good perspectives on films over the years. The author doesn't come off as pompous as I've heard. Maybe he does, but that's just my perspective.
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By Sam on January 22, 2014
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needed this for a class in film but turned out to be great read and I really recommend it to anyone interested in films and the industry not just to students
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