06. The Hollywood Studio System

THE END OF THE SILENT YEARS, THE STUDIO YEARS AND THE TALKIES - THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIO SYSTEM - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MAJOR AND MINOR STUDIOS - THE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION CODE - THE PRODUCTION CODE AND CENSORSHIP - THE END OF THE STUDIO ERA

The dawn of sound completely changed the way movies were produced, made and unmade the careers of many a star, and allowed for the development of entirely new cinematic genres. This guide examines the Hollywood Studio System in depth — the knowledge of which is key to understanding any film from the 1930s and 1940s. It includes a discussion of the importance of ideology in mass media, and contextualizes the Studio System in terms of the politics and values of its time.

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