From Tod Browning's "Dracula" (1931) to Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" (1940), this tome explores a diverse and fascinating era in world cinema. The stock market crash of 1929 had left the America - and the globe - in a devastating depression that would not begin to lift until World War II. With so many jobless, penniless, broken people singing the blues, is it any wonder that Hollywood strove to distract viewers from their misery with comedies like Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936), Capra's "Feel-good Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), and the Marx Brothers' hilarious "Duck Soup" (1933), thrillers such as Hitchcock's seminal "The 39 Steps" (1935) or Hawks's "Scarface" (1932), or the epic romantic classic, "Gone with the Wind" (1939)? While American moviegoers flocked to the theatres to escape their troubles and find solace in the magical world of Hollywood movies, filmmakers in Europe were experimenting with new techniques in a medium that had only recently gained sound; Fritz Lang's "German Expressionist M" (1931) and Jean Renoir's anti-war masterpiece "La Grande Illusion" (1937) greatly enhanced cinema as an art form, while Leni Riefenstahl's visually stunning "Olympia" (1936-38) pushed the limits of the medium's technical capacities. It's clear that while the 1930s was a time of poverty and struggle for many people, the world of cinema was much enriched.
Paperback published by Taschen in 2006 in very good condition. The corners of the front and back covers are slightly bent and showing some signs of wear. Binding is sound and all pages clean and unmarked. There is some creasing at the top and bottom of the spine, some slight creasing at the bottom of the front cover and a crease towards the middle of the back cover.