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The coming of sound to film was an event whose importance can hardly be overestimated; sound transformed not only the Hollywood film industry but all of world cinema as well. As economic and film historian Douglas Gomery explains, the business of film became not only bigger but much more complex. As sound spread its power, the talkies became an agent of economic and social change through the globe, extending America's reach in ways that had never before been imaginable. This is an essential work for anyone interested in early film, film history and economics, and the history of the American media.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415969017
ISBN-10: 0415969018
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Douglas Gomery

Douglas Gomery, one of the leading economic historians of film, is Professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Among his books are The Media in America and (as coauthor) Who Owns the Media?

Books By Author Douglas Gomery

History of Broadcasting in the United States by Douglas Gomery

A History of Broadcasting in the United States

Hardback, March 2008
Television Industries by Douglas Gomery

Television Industries

Paperback, May 2006
Hollywood Studio System by Douglas Gomery

The Hollywood Studio System

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Who Owns the Media? by Douglas Gomery

Who Owns the Media?

Paperback, July 2000