Transition and Transformation (häftad)
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Transition and Transformation (häftad)

Transition and Transformation

Victor Sjostrom in Hollywood 1923-1930

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In 1923, Victor Sj str m (1879-1960) got an offer from Goldwyn Pictures to come to Hollywood. This was nothing unusual for a successful European director: -Metro's bring - ing them in by car load , as Photoplay stated in 1926. At the time, Sj str m was Sweden's most renowned director, who had become world famous for his austere and naturalistic film style. Sj str m stayed in Hollywood for seven years and made nine films. What happened during those years to the characteristic style that he had developed in Sweden? How was it transformed by Hollywood? Did he maintain any of his stylistic particularities from the Swedish period? How were his Hollywood films received by the American and Swedish critics? This portrayal of a European in Hollywood reveals how Sj str m, in adapting to the new production system, integrated and developed various stylistic elements from the Swedish years in a radically different context. Transition and Transformation is the first book-length study dedicated to the films of Victor Sj str m made in Hollywood, which also nuances the picture of the American production system.
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Victor Sj str m is unquestionably one of the filmmaking giants of the silent era, though most modern film scholars and fans know his work through only a small handful of classics. A systematic study of his Hollywood period is most welcome. Apart from knowing his subject thoroughly, Bo Florin combines traditional auteurism with more sophisticated historiographical methods to provide an impressive analysis. Kristin Thompson, Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - "In this compact study of Sjostrom's Hollywood career, Bo Florin fleshes out this story through a close examination of the surviving films--some newly discovered--and revealing internal documents pulled from long-neglected studio files." Richard Koszarski, Rutgers University

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Dr. Bo Florin is an Associate Professor in Cinema Studies at the Department for Media Studies, Stockholm University. Publications include: Moderna motiv, Mauritz Stiller i retrospektiv (ed., 2001), Regi: Victor Sj str m/Directed by Victor Sj str m (2003), and Transition and transformation: Victor Sj str m in Hollywood, 1924-1930 (2013). He has contributed several articles to international journals such as Film History and Montage A/V.?contact:


Transition and Transformation - 2[-]Contents - 6[-]Acknowledgements - 8[-]Introduction - From Sj str m to Seastrom - 10[-]Sj str m - From National to International - 18[-]A European in Hollywood - Name The Man and the Shift of Production Systems - 28[-]From Scientist to Clown - He Who Gets Slapped - 44[-]A for Adultery - The Scarlet Letter - 64[-]Conquering Nature - The Wind - 80[-]Fragmented Pieces: Writing the History of the Lost Hollywood Films - 100[-]The Shadow of the Silents - A Lady To Love - 120[-]The Genius and the System- Some Concluding Remarks - 134[-]Notes - 138[-]Bibliography - 150[-]Filmography - 154[-]Index - 156