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The Decline of Sentiment

American Film in the 1920s

Lea Jacobs

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Theater, Ballett

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The Decline of Sentiment seeks to characterize the radical shifts in taste that transformed American film in the jazz age. Based upon extensive reading of trade papers and the popular press of the day, Lea Jacobs documents the films and film genres that were considered old-fashioned, as well as those dubbed innovative and up-to-date, and looks closely at the works of filmmakers such as Erich von Stroheim, Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, and Monta Bell, among many others. Her analysis—focusing on the influence of literary naturalism on the cinema, the emergence of sophisticated comedy, and the progressive alteration of the male adventure story and the seduction plot—is a comprehensive account of the modernization of classical Hollywood film style and narrative form.

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movies, romantic drama, film history, film style, monta bell, literary naturalism, modernization of classical hollywood, male adventure story, sentimental art, trade papers, movie studies, american film, erich von stroheim, seduction plot, movie history, 20th century american film, hollywood, american cinema, comedy, jazz age, narrative form, film studies, film, history, sophisticated film, charlie chaplin, ernst lubitsch, film genres, filmmakers, sentimental films