Chapts. 15, 16, 17
Chapt. 15—“Hollywood at War”
1. H’s service to the government during the war
a. A strategy to fend off interference
b. Zanuck’s role as liason (head of the Research Council)
2. kinds of films made during the war?
3. HUAC—Hollywood vulnerability—influence as a
medium medium and as an entertainment; film had no
constitutional protection; housecleaning of undesirable elements;
Chapt. 16—“Disappearing Audience”
1. why did the audience disappear? More leisure time options (radio; TV; camping); population shifts—age; family status; where people lived; redefinition of “theater”
3. kinds of product made as a result? Less, bigger, more expensive, highly dependent upon wide-screen and color processes—blockbusters the rule of the day
1. agents; labor; banks
2. changing role of the studio—become primarily distributors; more and more production done independently
3. changes in film content?