Columbia Pictures Bernard F. Dick

ISBN: 9780813117690

Published: October 28th 1991

Hardcover

320 pages


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Columbia Pictures  by  Bernard F. Dick

Columbia Pictures by Bernard F. Dick
October 28th 1991 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780813117690 | 3.61 Mb

The recent $3.4 billion purchase of Columbia Pictures by Sony Corporation focused attention on a studio that had survived one of Hollywoods worst scandals under David Begelman, as well as ownership by Coca-Cola and David Puttnams misguided attemptMoreThe recent $3.4 billion purchase of Columbia Pictures by Sony Corporation focused attention on a studio that had survived one of Hollywoods worst scandals under David Begelman, as well as ownership by Coca-Cola and David Puttnams misguided attempt to bring back the studios glory days. Columbia Pictures traces Columbias history from its beginnings as the CBC Film Sales Company (nicknamed Corned Beef and Cabbage) through the regimes of Harry Cohn and his successors, and concludes with a vivid portrait of todays corporate Hollywood, with its investment bankers, entertainment lawyers, agents, and financiers.Bernard F.

Dicks highly readable studio chronicle is followed by thirteen original essays by leading film scholars, writing about the stars, films, genres, writers, producers, and directors responsible for Columbias emergence from Poverty Row status to world class. This is the first attempt to integrate film history with film criticism of a single studio. Both the historical introduction and the essays draw on previously untapped archival material -- budgets that kept Columbia in the black during the 1930s and 1940s, letters that reveal the rapport between Depression audiences and director Frank Capra, and an interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter Daniel Taradash.The book also offers new perspectives on the careers of Rita Hayworth and Judy Holliday, a discussion of Columbias unique brands of screwball comedy and film noir, and analyses of such classics as The Awful Truth, Born Yesterday, From Here to Eternity, On the Waterfront, Anatomy of a Murder, Easy Rider, Taxi Driver, The Big Chill, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Last Emperor.

Amply illustrated with film stills and photos of stars and studio heads, Columbia Pictures includes a brief chronology and a complete 1920-1991 filmography. Designed for both the film lover and the film scholar, the book is ideal for film history courses.



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