330 pages | 39 B/W Illus.
This edited collection brings together leading film historians to examine key aspects of United Artists' centennial history from its origins to the sometimes chaotic developments of the last four decades.
The focus is on several key executives – ranging from Joseph Schenck to Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise – and on many of the people making films for United Artists, including Gloria Swanson, David O. Selznick, Kirk Douglas, the Mirisch brothers and Woody Allen. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, individual case studies explore the mutually supportive but also in places highly contentious relationships between United Artists and its suppliers, the difficult balance between artistic and commercial objectives, and the resulting hits and misses (among them The General, the Pink Panther franchise, Heaven’s Gate, Cruising and Hot Tub Time Machine).
The second title of the Routledge Hollywood Centenary series, United Artists is a fascinating and comprehensive study of the firm’s history and legacy, perfect for students and researchers of cinema and film history, media Industries, and Hollywood.
Introduction: United Artists in Film History – Tino Balio
Introduction to Part 1 – Yannis Tzioumakis
Chapter 1 ‘One of the United Artists’: Buster Keaton, Joseph Schenck and United Artists – Peter Krämer
Chapter 2 Declarations of Independence: Gloria Swanson at United Artists, 1925-1933 – Mike Mashon
Chapter 3 Going Independent in 1930s Hollywood: Freelance Star and Independent Producer Collaborations at United Artists – Emily Carman
Chapter 4 The Tramp, the Dictator and the Knight: United Artists and the Roadshowing of Prestige Pictures in the 1930s and 1940s – Sheldon Hall
Chapter 5 ‘Look, Ma, I’m A Corporation!’: United Artists and Kirk Douglas’s Bryna Productions 1955-1959 – James Fenwick
Chapter 6 The Magnificent Seven Mirisch Companies: Competitive Strategy and Corporate Authorship – Paul Kerr
Chapter 7 An Artist Under the Influence: United Artists and Woody Allen – Michael Petitti
Chapter 8 No Shot in the Dark: Developing the Pink Panther Franchise – Oliver Gruner
Introduction to Part 2 – Yannis Tzioumakis
Chapter 9 United Artists, Fourth Quarter 1980: The Rhetoric of Hollywood Failure & Success – Justin Wyatt
Chapter 10 ‘Cruising Is A Picture We Sincerely Wish We Did Not Have to Show’: United Artists, Ratings, Blind-bidding and the Controversy of William Friedkin’s Cruising (1980) – Gary Needham
Chapter 11 From Heaven’s Gate to Rocky IV: Reconfiguring Auteurism in United Artists’ Transition to MGM/UA in the 1980s – Nicholas Godfrey
Chapter 12 The Next Step: Orion Pictures as the New United Artists (1978-1985) – Yannis Tzioumakis
Chapter 13 United Artists Films: Re-entering the Specialty Market (1999-2005) – Lisa Dombrowski
Chapter 14 From Star-Producer to Executive: Tom Cruise and/at United Artists (2006-2012) – Sarah E.S. Sinwell
The Routledge Hollywood Centenary is an eight volume book series dedicated to the 100 year anniversary from the establishment of the major Hollywood studios. Originally self-run organisations operating within a clearly defined film industry, from the 1960s onwards these companies have become divisions of various conglomerates during a long period of corporate consolidation and, more recently, of media convergence driven by the advent of digital technology and changes in distribution and consumption. From the ‘studio’ to the ‘post-studio’ era, from ‘Classical Hollywood’ to ‘Conglomerate Hollywood’, through changes in ownership and management regimes, and through collaborations with ever changing clusters of talent each Hollywood studio has been a major contributor to the ways in which American cinema acquired a particular identity at different historical junctures. The Routledge Hollywood Centenary volumes provide an authoritative history of these long-standing organisations and examine in detail how each studio has put an indelible stamp on American cinema and beyond.
Series editors: Yannis Tzioumakis (University of Liverpool) and Gary Needham (University of Liverpool)
Warren Buckland (Oxford Bookes University)
Peter Krämer (University of East Anglia)
Paul McDonald (King’s College)
Eileen Meehan (Southern Illinois University)
Thomas Schatz (University of Texas at Austin)
Janet Staiger (University of Texas at Austin)
Janet Wasko (University of Oregon)
Justin Wyatt (University of Rhode Island)
MGM (2018) Tino Balio - recipient of the 2019 Peter C. Rollins Book Award from the
Fox – Frederick Wasser
Universal – Thomas Schatz
Paramount – Douglas Gomery and Clara Pafort-Overduin
Warner Bros. – Richard Maltby
Columbia – Matthew Bernstein and Eddy Von Mueller
Disney – Susan Ohmer
United Artists – Peter Krämer, Gary Needham, Yannis Tzioumakis and Tino Balio (eds)