Working-Class Hollywood

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  • Paperback
  • 388 pages
  • Working-Class Hollywood
  • Steven J. Ross
  • English
  • 25 September 2018
  • 0691024642

About the Author: Steven J. Ross

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Working-Class Hollywood This path breaking 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 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 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. Best Download Kindle ePUB Working-Class Hollywood by Steven J. Ross – johndore.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “Working-Class Hollywood

  1. Greta says:

    Excellent, though somewhat repetitive, book on how labor issues were depicted in silent films, how the film industry s labor issues influenced their ideology, censorship, and the efforts of labor to bring their side of the sto...

  2. Bill Wallace says:

    The best chapters in this book focus on the rise and fall of labor produced movies in the 10s and 20s, history that is pretty much lost Ross does a good job of documenting the hopes of labor activists who wanted to produce independent films from the working man s viewpoint the efforts they made to create studios, theater chains, and a culture to counteract the pernicious propaganda lies about classless affluence spread by Edison, Ford, and Hollywood Of course, none of the union plans work o The best chapters in this book focus on the rise and fall of labor produced movies in the 10s and 2...

  3. China says:

    There was an amazingly vital labor film industry during the silent era Labor Unions and Organizations AFL, CIO, IWW began their own production studios and released several feature length films that aimed to represent actual labor struggles in a fair light They were...

  4. James says:

    Stephen J Ross argued that, before the rise to dominance of Hollywood film industry in the 1920s, a widespread worker film movement pushed pro labor, pro socialist, and anti capitalist messages to mainly working class audiences who attended nickelodians in the 1910s, which spurred a reaction by government censors, moral crusaders, and film industrialists The silent film era was an opportuninty to build a different sort of film industry of class conscious workers, which labor organizers and soc Stephen J Ross argued that, before the rise to dominance of Hollywood film industry in the 1920s, a widespread worker film movement pushed pro labor, pro socialist, and anti capitalist messages to mainly working class audiences who attended nickelodians in the 1910s, which spurred a reaction by gove...

  5. Evan Anderson says:

    A bit on the film school scholarly side, but a well written and eye opening book on the early social leanings of silent film before it became a big business Many of these were independent films well outside of the studio system, which was nowhere near as impenetrable and stratified as it s become since the 1920 s This was an era when women, minorities and the lower class had muchaccess to the writing producing and exhibiting of stories that reflected their lives labor, social mobility A bit on the film school scholarly si...