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From the silent era until the advent of the Cinemascope-the
skyscraper as movie star.
SKYSCRAPER CINEMA: Architecture and Gender in American Film
University of Minnesota Press | 392 pages | 2009
ISBN 978-0-8166-4281-6 | hardcover | $85.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-4282-3 | paperback | $28.50
Whether tall office buildings, high-rise apartments, or lofty hotels,
skyscrapers have been stars in American cinema since the silent era.
Merrill Schleier offers close readings of films including Safety
Last, Skyscraper Souls, Wife vs. Secretary, Baby Face, The
Fountainhead, and Desk Set and explains the impact of actual
skyscrapers on America's ideologies about work, leisure, romance,
sexual identity, and politics as seen in Hollywood movies.
"Merrill Schleier's original and fascinating study of movies where
office towers and high-rise apartments play carefully scripted roles,
provides precisely observed, erudite, and surprising new insights
into the cultural and social history of the first half of the 20th
Century." -Dietrich Neumann, author of Architecture of the Night
Merrill Schleier is professor of art, architectural history, and film
studies at the University of the Pacific. She is author of The
Skyscraper in American Art.
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