Amid the turbulence of political assassinations, the civil rights struggle, and antiwar protests, American society was experiencing growing affluence and profound cultural change during the 1960s. The film industry gradually redirected its energies, resulting in a distinctive break from traditional business and stylistic practice and emergence of a new "cinema of sensation." Feature films became faster-paced and more graphic, the antihero took his place alongside the classic Hollywood hero, and "downer" films like Midnight Cowboy proved as popular as those with upbeat fare. Paul Monaco gives a sweeping view of this exhilarating decade, ranging from the visceral sensation of Bonnie and Clyde, to the comic-book satire of Dr. Strangelove, to the youthful alienation of The Graduate.
The 10-volume, illustrated series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century right up to 1990. It examines the development of film and the film industry, analyzing both the genres, themes and technology that defined each decade and the political and economic background that gave rise to them. Each volume focuses on a separate decade, providing a narrative on the evolution of both the business and the art of film in America. Each volume is heavily illustrated, and ends with several indexes, notes, a bibliography and a variety of appendixes of top-grossing films, stars and Oscar winners, and more.
History of the American Cinema: The Emergence of the Cinema: The American Screen to 1907. Volume 1
History of the American Cinema: The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915. Volume 2
History of the American Cinema: An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928. Volume 3
History of the American Cinema: The Talkies: U.S. Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. Volume 4
History of the American Cinema: Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930-1939. Volume 5
History of the American Cinema: Boom and Bust: The American Cinema in the 1940s. Volume 6
History of the American Cinema: The Fifties: Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959. Volume 7
History of the American Cinema: The Sixties: 1960-1969. Volume 8
History of the American Cinema: Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Age of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979. Volume 9
History of the American Cinema: A New Pot of Gold: Hollywood Under the Electric Rainbow, 1980-1989. Volume 10