Class 5: The Power of the Studio System

In today’s class, we surveyed some of the ways in which the Hollywood Studio System operated as an oligopoly. Some of the ways in which these eight studios held tight control over the American Film Industry was through vertical integration, the position of the studio executive, the contract system, the development of Classical Hollywood Cinema, and even through the trade organization of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America and even the Production Code.

Instead of watching, It Happened One Night, we screened the gangster film Little Caesar.

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