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Best Years: Going to the Movies, 1945-1946 (Paperback)
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Best Years: Going to the Movies, 1945-1946 (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/09/2009
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Americans flocked to the movies in 1945 and 1946 - the center point of the three-decade heyday of the studio system's sound era. Why? ""Best Years"" is a panoramic study, shining light on this critical juncture in American history and the history of American cinema - the end of World War II (1945) and a year of unprecedented success in Hollywood's 'Golden Age' (1946). This unique time, the last year of war and the first full year of peace, provides a rich blend of cinema genres and types - from the battlefront to the home front, the peace film to the woman's film, psychological drama, and the period's provocative new style, film noir. ""Best Years"" focuses on films that were famous, infamous, forgotten, and unforgettable. Big-budget A-films, road shows, and familiar series share the spotlight. From Bergman and Grant in ""Notorious"" to Abbott and Costello in ""Lost in a Harem"", Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron examine why the bond between screen and viewer was perhaps never tighter. Paying special attention to the movie-going public in key cities - Atlanta, New York, Boston, Honolulu, and Chicago - this ambitious work takes us on a cinematic journey to recapture a magical time.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813546971
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm


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"This outstanding book's overview of the role movies played at a key moment in the nation's history provides an invaluable and wonderfully readable resource for scholars, students, and everyone who loves the movies."--Robert Eberwein"author of Armed Forces: Masculinity and Sexuality in the American War Film" (02/04/2009)
"Just what was the movies' greatest year? Charles and Mirella Affron make a strong case for one moment, as World War II drew to a close, when Hollywood not only controlled the lion's share of the entertainment dollar, but spoke to a national audience from a position of financial stability and moral certainty. A fascinating guide to a season of movies, and movie culture, that today's fragmented audience can hardly imagine."--Richard Koszarski"author of Hollywood on the Hudson" (05/15/2009)

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