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Film & Media Studies Research Guide

History of the American Cinema

This decade-by-decade survey is a useful start for understanding historical trends in the U.S. film industry. Each volume is written by a leading scholar in the field.

Musser, Charles. The Emergence of Cinema: the American Screen to 1907. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.1
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Bowser, Eileen. The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.2
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Koszarski, Richard. An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.3
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Crafton, Donald. The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.4
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Balio, Tino. Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930-1939. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.5
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Schatz, Thomas. Boom and Bust: The American Cinema in the 1940s. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1997.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.6
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Lev, Peter. Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.7
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Monaco, Paul. The Sixties, 1960-1969. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.8
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Cook, David. Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.9
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Prince, Stephen. A New Pot of Gold: Hollywood Under the Electronic Rainbow, 1980-1989. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000.
Print call number: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.10
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