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L Guevarra <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:57:03 -0800
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Dear Screen-L:

The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s

  Lea Jacobs is Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at 
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is author of _The Wages of 
Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman Film, 1929-1942 (_UC Press) and 
_Theatre to Cinema: Stage Pictorialism and the Early Feature Film._

"Lea Jacobs's groundbreaking book examines the crucial films, both 
well-known and until now obscure, that marked a decisive shift in 
1920s American cinematic sensibility and taste-from 'hokum' to 
'sophistication,' a change that would inflect future Hollywood 
filmmaking. All serious scholars of American film history will read 
this book with admiration and find its insights as well as its 
methods an inspiration."-Matthew Bernstein, author of _Walter Wanger: 
Hollywood Independent_

_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.

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

Lolita Guevarra
Electronic Marketing Coordinator
University of California Press
Tel. 510.643.4738 | Fax 510.643.7127
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