In Capra s Shadow

about his account of Mr. Deeds is that Capra describes what he wanted to say as “nothing earth-shaking" and then goes on to list mass education, thought, production, politics, wealth, and conformity as the evils that the pitiful ...

Author: Ian Scott

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813159669

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Because screenwriter Robert Riskin spent most of his career collaborating with legendary Hollywood director Frank Capra, Riskin's own unique contributions to film have been largely overshadowed. With five Academy Award nominations to his credit for the monumental films Lady for a Day, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Here Comes the Groom, and It Happened One Night (for which he won the Oscar), Riskin is often imitated but rarely equaled. In Capra's Shadow: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Robert Riskin is the first detailed critical examination of the Hollywood pioneer's life and work. In addition to being one of the great screenwriters of the classic Hollywood era, Riskin was also a producer and director, founding his own film company and playing a crucial role in the foundation of the Screen Writers Guild. During World War II, Riskin was one of the major forces behind propaganda filmmaking. He worked in the Office of War Information and oversaw the distribution -- and later, production -- of films and documentaries in foreign theaters. He was interested in showing the rest of the world more than just an idealized version of America; he looked for films that emphasized the spiritual and cultural vibrancy within the U.S., making charity, faith, and generosity of spirit his propaganda tools. His efforts also laid the groundwork for a system of distribution channels that would result in the dominance of American cinema in Europe in the postwar years. Riskin's postwar work included his production of the 1947 film Magic Town, the tale of a marketing executive who discovers the perfect American small town and uses it for polling. What Riskin created onscreen is not simply a community stuck in an antiquarian past; rather, the town of Grandview observes its own traditions while at the same time confronting the possibilities of the modern world and the challenges of postwar America. Author Ian Scott provides a unique perspective on Riskin and the ways in which his brilliant, pithy style was realized in Capra's enduring films. Riskin's impact on cinema extended far beyond these films as he helped spread Hollywood cinema abroad and articulated his vision of a changing America.

Frank Capra s Eastern Horizons

Pat McGilligan, pp. ix–lxvii (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997); Ian Scott, In Capra's Shadow: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Robert Riskin (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006). See also Edward Bernds, ...

Author: Elizabeth Rawitsch

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857725578

Category: Performing Arts

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Frank Capra has long had a reputation as being the quintessential American director - the man who perfectly captured the identity and core values of the United States with a string of classic films in the 1930s and '40s, including It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It's a Wonderful Life. However, as Elizabeth Rawitsch argues, Capra's construction of national identity did not occur within an exclusively national context. She points out that many of his films are actually set in, or include sequences set in, China, Latin America, the Philippines and the South Seas. Featuring in-depth textual analysis supported by original archival research, Frank Capra's Eastern Horizons explains that Capra's view of what constituted 'America' changed over time, extending its boundaries to embrace countries often far from the United States. Complicating Edward Said's theory of Orientalism as a strict binary in which the West constructs the East as an inferior 'other', it demonstrates that East and West often intermingle in films such as The Bitter Tea of General Yen and in Capra's orientation documentaries for World War II American servicemen; Capra imagined a kind of global community, albeit one with heavy undertones of British and American imperialism. Investigating shifts in what Capra's America has meant over time, both to Capra and to those who have watched and studied his films, this innovative book offers a startlingly fresh perspective on one of the most iconic figures in American film history.

The Capra Touch

This use of light and shadow, as we shall see, would also play a crucial role in the Why We Fight series and other war documentaries produced by Capra. Although the editing style of Capra's films is fairly straightforward, ...

Author: Matthew C. Gunter

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786488285

Category: Performing Arts

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During World War II, Academy Award–winning director Frank Capra (1897–1991) made propaganda films for the U.S. Government, such as Prelude to War, The Nazis Strike, The Battle of Britain, War Comes to America and The Negro Soldier. These entries in the Why We Fight documentary series have been largely neglected by Capra scholars. This work analyzes the cinematic and thematic techniques Capra employed in these films, linking them to the techniques and ideology of the director’s popular mainstream narrative films, including It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Also analyzed are the manners in which Frank Capra’s war service affected his later films, notably his 1946 masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life, and how Capra’s belief in individual liberty shaped both his films and his career under the oppressive Hollywood studio system.

New Scientist

REVIEW Fritjof Capra : mesmerised by resemblances “ I the Michael Wijnbergh CGTN APRIL 1970 , " Fritjof Uncommon Wisdom ... the communal living " , Capra writes , “ I received by Fritjof Capra , Century , pp 334 , £ 12.95 Capra's shadow ...

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ISBN: CHI:33099702

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The Cinema of Frank Capra

The only time Capra normally first experiments with lighting , shadow , and mood . makes extensive use of radical , deep - focus setups is A good example of this expressionistic experiwhen photographing a mob , where dehumanization ...

Author: Leland A. Poague

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015003761650

Category: Comedy films

Page: 252

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In Capra s Shadow

Riskin's postwar work included his production of the 1947 film Magic Town, the tale of a marketing executive who discovers the perfect American small town and uses it for polling.

Author: Ian Scott

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ISBN: UOM:39015064943791

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Because screenwriter Robert Riskin spent most of his career collaborating with legendary Hollywood director Frank Capra, Riskin's own unique contributions to film have been largely overshadowed. With five Academy Award nominations to his credit for the monumental films Lady for a Day, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Here Comes the Groom, and It Happened One Night (for which he won the Oscar), Riskin is often imitated but rarely equaled. In Capra's Shadow: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Robert Riskin is the first detailed critical examination of the Hollywood pioneer's life and work. In addition to being one of the great screenwriters of the classic Hollywood era, Riskin was also a producer and director, founding his own film company and playing a crucial role in the foundation of the Screen Writers Guild. During World War II, Riskin was one of the major forces behind propaganda filmmaking. He worked in the Office of War Information and oversaw the distribution -- and later, production -- of films and documentaries in foreign theaters. He was interested in showing the rest of the world more than just an idealized version of America; he looked for films that emphasized the spiritual and cultural vibrancy within the U.S., making charity, faith, and generosity of spirit his propaganda tools. His efforts also laid the groundwork for a system of distribution channels that would result in the dominance of American cinema in Europe in the postwar years. Riskin's postwar work included his production of the 1947 film Magic Town, the tale of a marketing executive who discovers the perfect American small town and uses it for polling. What Riskin created onscreen is not simply a community stuck in an antiquarian past; rather, the town of Grandview observes its own traditions while at the same time confronting the possibilities of the modern world and the challenges of postwar America. Author Ian Scott provides a unique perspective on Riskin and the ways in which his brilliant, pithy style was realized in Capra's enduring films. Riskin's impact on cinema extended far beyond these films as he helped spread Hollywood cinema abroad and articulated his vision of a changing America.

Light Shadows

Although Capra did his best work as a contract director for Columbia , he deserves special recognition here beyond his economic value to Columbia . Most of his films bear the stamp of an individual creator , although screen writer ...

Author: Thomas W. Bohn

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ISBN: UOM:39015047356160

Category: Motion pictures

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Light and Shadows

From Frank Capra's 1939 production Mr. Smith Goes to Washington . Here James Stewart as Mr. Smith makes an impassioned plea for justice on the floor of Congress . From Black Legion ( 1937 ) . Humphrey Bogart and.

Author: Thomas W. Bohn

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: MINN:31951000918947E

Category: Performing Arts

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Light and Shadows presents a balanced overview of major historical movements in film from the artistic perspective of the movies to the technical, business, and social perspectives.