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Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space

Brian R. Jacobson


By 1915, Hollywood had become the epicenter of American filmmaking, with studio “dream factories” structuring its vast production. Filmmakers designed Hollywood studios with a distinct artistic and industrial mission in mind, which in turn influenced the form, content, and business of the films that were made and the impressions of the people who viewed them. The first book to retell the history of film studio architecture, Studios Before the System expands the social and cultural footprint of cinema’s virtual worlds and their contribution to wider developments in global technology and urban m ... More

Keywords: studio architecture, cinematic space, film aesthetics, urban modernism, Hollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172813
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian R. Jacobson, author
University of Toronto, Innis College