Frank Capra: Authorship and the Studio System (Culture And The Moving Image)

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Frank Capra's films have had a lasting impact on American culture. His powerful depiction of American values, myths and ideals were central to such famous Hollywood films as It Happened One Night, Mr Smith Goes to Washington and It's A Wonderful Life. These pre-war films are remembered for their portrayal of individuals overcoming adversity, of popular politics and an unflappably optimistic view of life.

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Legendary film director Frank Capra composed a unique American vision, but how was that vision influenced by the strategies and production style of Columbia Pictures?

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Robert Sklar, Professor of Cinema at New York University, is the co-editor (with Charles Musser) of Resisting Images: Essays on Cinema and History (Temple), and the author of numerous books on film, including Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies, City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, and Garfield, and Film: An International History of the Medium, winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award. Vito Zagarrio teaches film history at the University of Florence and film analysis at the University of Rome III, Italy.

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