Sunday, September 23, 2012

Movie-Made America

1975, possibly first edition, from Vintage Books
Robert Sklar
Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies
Original price unknown, purchase price 25 cents
Worn paperback

As with the Metz book on CBS, the writing style makes an interesting subject less appealing.  Sklar meanders through the decades even more than Haskell and Rosen did in their books on movies, although I do appreciate it when Sklar covers topics that aren't discussed much in my other books, like nickelodeons.  When I first read this book years ago, I was surprised to discover how different the early Mickey Mouse cartoons were-- raunchy and dreamlike-- than the later Disney products.

Sklar died just last year, and had updated this book in 1994.

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