United States of America
Ever since the Great War decimated Europe's film industries, the United States has been the world's cinematic superpower. As D.W. Griffith was defining the classical narrative technique that has changed little in the intervening century, the studio system was being instituted in Hollywood. Run largely by continental emigrés and bankrolled by Wall Street, MGM, Paramount,... [+]
Ever since the Great War decimated Europe's film industries, the United States has been the world's cinematic superpower. As D.W. Griffith was defining the classical narrative technique that has changed little in the intervening century, the studio system was being instituted in Hollywood. Run largely by continental emigrés and bankrolled by Wall Street, MGM, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros, Columbia, 20th Century-Fox and RKO had their trademark styles and stables of stars, who were groomed to headline pictures in such commercially successful genres as comedy, crime, melodrama, the action adventure, the western and horror. As the decades passed, and sound and colour were added to the formula, new genres emerged like the musical, sci-fi and film noir. Walt Disney also ensured that animation became a firm family favourite. But the production-line approach and self-regulatory censorship restricted artistic creativity and, as the studios began to lose their mass audience to television, a new emphasis was placed on movies for younger audiences. Levels of sex and violence increased in the exploitation genres, while directors were finally able to discuss weighty topics with a stylistic, political and intellectual maturity that owed more to an individual vision than front office taste. However, New American Cinema didn't make much money and, although indie auteurs carved themselves a niche, Hollywood has been a town of blockbusters, multinational conglomerates and focus groups since the mid-1970s. But advances in computer-generated imagery and other special effects have helped Hollywood maintain its status as the planet's escapist capital. [-]
United States of America Film Listing
Sydney Pollack, 1975
One of the finest of the conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s, Three Days of the Con...
Victor Fleming, 1939
Simply one of the most celebrated films in cinema history, Gone With The Wind is an absorbing fil...
Mark Sandrich, 1935
Anyone not already a Fred & Ginger fan would surely be won over by this film, where they are at t...
Jean Renoir, 1947
The great French director Jean Renoir's memorable final American film, The Woman on the Beach sta...
Woody Allen, 2011
A magical-realist romantic comedy from Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris pays nostalgic tribute to t...
Lewis Milestone, Richard Boleslawski, 1952
A double bill containing Les Miserables (Richard Boleslawski, 1935) - starring Fr...
Ang Lee, 2012
Director Ang Lee brings Yann Martel's 'unfilmable' Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi to the s...
Victor Fleming, 1939
One of the most famous and beloved films of all time, featuring an utterly beguiling performance ...
Robert Z Leonard, 1940
A classic adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson as El...
William A. Wellman, 1939
An adventure epic from the golden heroic age of Hollywood, Beau Geste stars Gary Cooper, Ray Mill...
Fritz Lang, 1955
Fritz Lang's 18th century smuggling tale sees John Mohune (Jon Whiteley - Hunted, The Kidnappers)...
Leo McCarey, 1935
The great Charles Laughton found one of his most iconic roles in Leo McCarey's de...