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  1. Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man
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  2. Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man

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Using the same mix of accessibility and insider knowledge he used so successfully in Complicated Women, author and film critic Mick LaSalle now turns his attention to the men of the pre-Code Hollywood era.

The five years between 1929 and mid-1934 was a period of loosened censorship that finally ended with the imposition of a harsh Production Code that would, for the next thirty-four years, censor much of the life and honesty out of American movies. Dangerous Men takes a close look at the images of manhood during this pre-Code era, which coincided with an interesting time for men--the culmination of a generation-long transformation in the masculine ideal. By the late twenties, the tumult of a new century had made the nineteenth century's notion of the ideal man seem like a repressed stuffed shirt, a deluded optimist. The smiling, confident hero of just a few years before fell out of favor, and the new heroes who emerged were gangsters, opportunists, sleazy businessmen, shifty lawyers, shell-shocked soldiers--men whose existence threatened the status quo.

In this book, LaSalle highlights such household names as James Cagney, Clark Gable, Edward G. Robinson, Maurice Chevalier, Spencer Tracy, and Gary Cooper, along with lesser-known ones such as Richard Barthelmess, Lee Tracy, Robert Montgomery, and the magnificent Warren William. Together they represent a vision of manhood more exuberant and contentious--and more humane--than anything that has followed on the American screen.

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Country
USA
Author
Mick LaSalle
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9781466876040
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Thomas Dunne Books
Manufacturer
Thomas Dunne Books
NumberOfPages
273
PublicationDate
2014-07-15
Publisher
Thomas Dunne Books
ReleaseDate
2014-07-15
Studio
Thomas Dunne Books
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