Regarding Frank Capra : audience, celebrity, and American film studies, 1930-1960
by Smoodin, Eric Loren.
|Format:||Print Book 2004|
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Drawing on archival sources including fan letters, exhibitor reports, military and prison records, government and corporate documents, and trade journals, Smoodin explains how the venues where Capra's films were seen and the strategies used to promote the films affected audience response and how, in turn, audience response shaped film production. He analyzes issues of foreign censorship and government intervention in the making of The Bitter Tea of General Yen ; the response of high school students to It Happened One Night ; fan engagement with the overtly political discourse of Meet John Doe and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ; San Quentin prisoners' reaction to a special screening of It's a Wonderful Life ; and at&t's involvement in Capra's later documentary work for the Bell Science Series. He also looks at the reception of Capra's series Why We Fight , used by the American military to train recruits and re-educate German prisoners of war. Illuminating the role of the famous director and his films in American culture, Regarding Frank Capra signals new directions for significant research on film reception and promotion.
-- Criticism and interpretation.
|Publisher|| Durham :Duke University Press,2004
xii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -289) and index.