The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s

The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s

by Lea Jacobs

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The Decline of Sentiment seeks to characterize the radical shifts in taste that transformed American film in the jazz age. Based upon extensive reading of trade papers and the popular press of the day, Lea Jacobs documents the films and film genres that were considered old-fashioned, as well as those dubbed innovative and up-to-date, and looks closely at the works of filmmakers such as Erich von Stroheim, Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, and Monta Bell, among many others. Her analysis—focusing on the influence of literary naturalism on the cinema, the emergence of sophisticated comedy, and the progressive alteration of the male adventure story and the seduction plot—is a comprehensive account of the modernization of classical Hollywood film style and narrative form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520254572
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/02/2008
Series: Simpson Book in the Humanities Ser.
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lea Jacobs is Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is author of The Wages of Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman Film, 1929-1942 (UC Press) and Theatre to Cinema: Stage Pictorialism and the Early Feature Film.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1. toward a history of taste 1
2. hollywood naturalism 25
3. sophisticated comedy 79
4. the male adventure story 127
5. the seduction plot 180
6. the romantic drama 217

afterword 274
Notes 277
Bibliography 315
Filmography 327

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"A groundbreaking examination of a pivotal turning point in American cinema. . . . Jacobs' thoroughly researched arguments make her thesis as convincing as it is original. . . . A formidable achievement."—American Cinematographer

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