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The Cinematic Challenge: Filming Colonial America

Volume 1: The Golden Age, 1930-1950

Softcover
Price: $24.95

Format: (Softcover)
ISBN 13: 9781635051469
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Number of Pages: 350
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication Date: 09/19/2016

Your guide to colonial films from Hollywood's Golden Age

Why did cinema largely ignore the colonial era and the Revolutionary War? The Cinematic Challenge asks this question and studies four films from the 1930s and 1940s to consider other queries, such as:

  • How did Darryl F. Zanuck make a film about the American Revolution (Drums Along The Mohawk) without indicating that the British were the enemy?
  • Why was Northwest Passage never completed?
  • How did Cecil B. DeMille begin production on a film (Unconquered) based on a book that did not yet exist?

In addition, we'll learn how accurate the depictions of colonial life were in each film and whether the political and economic climate affected the finished products.

Volume One of The Cinematic Challenge also includes information about the general state of the film industry during this period, technological advancements, and rival theories about historical filmmaking, making it the most in-depth resource available today on colonial movies.

Working as a stagehand at NBC for thirty years gave author John P. Harty, Jr. an inside look into the world of television and film and eventually inspired his creation of The Cinematic Challenge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree in political science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has studied Russian and English history at the doctoral level at New York University.

 

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The Cinematic Challenge- Volume 2

Filming Colonia America

By John P. Harty Jr
Softcover
Price: $25.00
eBook
Price: $9.99

Format: (eBook)
ISBN 13: 9781545679845
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Publication Date: 11/30/2019

Format: (Softcover)
ISBN 13: 9781545679838
LCCN: 2016905819
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Number of Pages: 322
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Publication Date: 12/26/2019

Your guide to colonial films

DURING THE TRANSFORMATION PERIOD

OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA, 1950-1975


How did the collapse of the studio system and the rise of “independent” film companies affect the production of motion pictures about colonial America? The Cinematic Challenge seeks to answer this question and uses in-depth case studies of four films to reveal the shift in historical interpretation, which occurred during this period. In the process other queries will be addressed including: Did Walt Disney’s Light in the Forest make a political statement about civil rights? What was the unique financial system producer Samuel Bronston developed in Spain to produce the naval epic John Paul Jones and establish his own film studio there? Why did the Hecht-Hill- Lancaster company select George Bernard Shaw’s play The Devil’s Disciple as a film project, when their company was on the brink of financial ruin? Why did Jack Warner decide to film the Broadway musical 1776 while our nation was being torn apart by the Vietnam war strategy?


This study will indicate how accurate the depictions of colonial life were in each film and whether the modern political and economic climate affected the completed motion picture, making it the most in-depth resource available today on colonial films.


Being a member of IATSE for nearly fifty years has given author John P. Harty. Jr. the opportunity to have an inside view of theater, television and film production, which combined with his love of history has led to the creation of The Cinematic Challenge series of books. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree in political science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has studied Russian and English history at the doctoral level at New York University.

 

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