Lecture 3 - Frank Capra and Populist Cinema Biography Born in Sicily in 1897 Moved to Los Angeles at age 6 naturalized citizen in 1920 after being

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Frank Capra and Populist Cinema Biography Born in Sicily in 1897 Moved to Los Angeles at age 6, naturalized citizen in 1920 after being in the Army One of the immigrants in Hollywood who construct the celluloid America: “I fell in love with Americans…they were so free on their own, individuals, not taking their hats off to anyone. If somebody got sick they’d do something about it, I thought Americans were the gods of the world.” Was a Chemical Engineer by training (Cal Tech) Began in Silent films and then worked for Mack Sennet before moving to Columbia Pictures, where he remained for 11 years and 25 films. Studio System in Golden Age of Hollywood 1930s Golden Age of Hollywood system usually considered the era from the introduction of sound (1927) until court cases that broke up the system (1947-8) Paramount and MGM were the dominant studios, with stables of actors and directors. Capra responsible in part for the rise of Columbia with his steady stream of optimistic movies about the little guy. It Happened One night, Broadway Bill, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can’t take it with you (where Stewart first teamed up with Jean Arthur), Meet John Doe Depression: In response to the great depression, studios produced largely escapist fare for a populace that seemed to want to take their minds off of economic conditions The Fantasy of Affluence: Top Hat, 1935, RKO The Studio System was a way of making movies that involved making films on the lot using actors and talent under contract. The major studios of the late 20s and 30s monopolized the production and dissemination of film through their use of vertical integration, whereby they controlled all aspects of production and dissemination, including distribution companies and theaters. During the golden age of the studio system (roughly from the mid 20s until 1948) eight companies dominated the studio system. Fox, Loews (parent to Metro-Goldwyn Mayer) Paramount, RKO, and Warner Bros were the most completely integrated, while Columbia and Universal were also smaller. United Artists competed but did not own theaters
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Lecture 3 - Frank Capra and Populist Cinema Biography Born in Sicily in 1897 Moved to Los Angeles at age 6 naturalized citizen in 1920 after being

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