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Working in Hollywood

How the Studio System Turned Creativity into Labor

Ronny Regev

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Sachbuch / 20. Jahrhundert (bis 1945)


A history of the Hollywood film industry as a modern system of labor, this book reveals an important untold story of an influential twentieth-century workplace. Ronny Regev argues that the Hollywood studio system institutionalized creative labor by systemizing and standardizing the work of actors, directors, writers, and cinematographers, meshing artistic sensibilities with the efficiency-minded rationale of industrial capitalism. The employees of the studios emerged as a new class: they were wage laborers with enormous salaries, artists subjected to budgets and supervision, stars bound by contracts. As such, these workers--people like Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, and Anita Loos--were the outliers in the American workforce, an extraordinary working class.

Through extensive use of oral histories, personal correspondence, studio archives, and the papers of leading Hollywood luminaries as well as their less-known contemporaries, Regev demonstrates that, as part of their contribution to popular culture, Hollywood studios such as Paramount, Warner Bros., and MGM cultivated a new form of labor, one that made work seem like fantasy.

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Los Angeles Labor, MGM, The Creative Class, William Wyler, Warner Bros, American Motion Pictures, RKO, Standardization of Film Work, Darryl Zanuck, Motion Pictures actors and actresses, Hollywood Mode of Production, Standardization of Creative Work, California Labor, Motion Picture Industry, Motion Pictures Directors, Cultural Industries, Los Angeles Industries, American Film Industry, Motion Pictures Screenwriters, Motion Pictures Producers, History of Cinema, Irving Thalberg, Motion Pictures Cinematographers, Twentieth Century Fox, Business of Hollywood, Hollywood Studio System, David O. Selznick, Labor in Creative Industries, Hollywood Film Industry, Hollywood Cinema, Paramount Pictures, California Industry