Skyscraper Cinema: Architecture and Gender in American Film

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U of Minnesota Press, 2009 - 367 pages
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From the silent era until the advent of the Cinemascope--the skyscraper as movie star. Whether tall office buildings, high-rise apartments, or lofty hotels, skyscrapers have been stars in American cinema since the silent era. Cinema's tall buildings have been variously represented as unbridled aspiration, dens of iniquity and eroticism, beacons of democracy, and well-oiled corporate machines. Considering their intriguing diversity, Merrill Schleier establishes and explains the impact of actual skyscrapers on America's ideologies about work, leisure, romance, sexual identity, and politics as seen in Hollywood movies.
 

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Contents

Harold Lloyds Skyscraper Films
1
Gender and Class Disharmony in the DepressionEra Skyscraper Office
59
3 Masculine Heroes Modernism and Political Ideology in The Fountainhead and The Big Clock
119
4 Midcentury Corporate Renewal and Gender Realignment in Executive Suite and Desk Set
193
Recent Skyscraper Films
265
Acknowledgments
279
Notes
283
Index
345
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Merrill Schleier is professor of art, architectural history, and film studies at the University of the Pacific. She is author of The Skyscraper in American Art.

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