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United Artists, edited by Peter Krämer, Gary Needham, Yannis Tzioumakis and Tino Balio

"This edited collection brings together leading film historians to examine key aspects of United Artists' centennial history from its origins to the sometimes chaotic developments of the last four decades. The focus is on several key executives - ranging from Joseph Schenck to Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise - and on many of the people making films for United Artists, including Gloria Swanson, David O. Selznick, Kirk Douglas, the Mirisch brothers and Woody Allen. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, individual case studies explore the mutually supportive but also in places highly contentious relationships between United Artists and its suppliers, the difficult balance between artistic and commercial objectives, and the resulting hits and misses (among them The General, the Pink Panther franchise, Heaven's Gate, Cruising and Hot Tub Time Machine). The second title of the Routledge Hollywood Centenary series, United Artists is a fascinating and comprehensive study of the firm's history and legacy, perfect for students and researchers of cinema and film history, media Industries, and Hollywood"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction: United Artists in film history / Tino Balio -- 'One of the United Artists' : Buster Keaton, Joseph Schenck and United Artists / Peter Krämer -- Declarations of independence : Gloria Swanson at United Artists, 1925-1933 / Mike Mashon -- Going independent in 1930s Hollywood : freelance star and independent producer collaborations at United Artists / Emily Carman -- The tramp, the dictator and the knight : United Artists and the roadshowing of prestige pictures in the 1930s and 1940s / Sheldon Hall -- 'Look, Ma, I'm a corporation!' : United Artists and Kirk Douglas's Bryna Productions 1955-1959 / James Fenwick -- The magnificent seven Mirisch companies : competitive strategy and corporate authorship / Paul Kerr -- An artist under the influence : United Artists and Woody Allen / Michael Petitti -- No Shot in the dark : developing the Pink Panther franchise / Oliver Gruner -- United Artists, fourth quarter 1980 : the rhetoric of Hollywood failure & success / Justin Wyatt -- 'Cruising is a picture we sincerely wish we did not have to show' : United Artists, ratings, blind-bidding and the controversy of William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) / Gary Needham -- From Heaven's gate to Rocky IV : reconfiguring auteurism in United Artists' transition to MGM/UA in the 1980s / Nicholas Godfrey -- The next step : Orion Pictures as the new United Artists (1978-1985) / Yannis Tzioumakis -- United Artists Films : re-entering the specialty market (1999-2005) / Lisa Dombrowski -- From star-producer to executive : Tom Cruise and/at United Artists (2006-2012) / Sarah E.S. Sinwell
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (325 pages), illustrations.
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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