Produced by Irving Thalberg: Theory of Studio-Era Filmmaking

Ana Salzberg (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Irving Thalberg was not just a critically important producer during Hollywood’s Golden Age, but also an innovative theorist of studio-era filmmaking. Drawing on archival sources, this is the first book to explore Thalberg’s insights into casting, editing, story composition and the importance of the mass audience from a theoretical perspective. It examines Thalberg’s impact on film-historical turning points, such as the transition to sound cinema and the development of the Production Code, and features in-depth analyses of Thalberg’s productions at MGM from 1924 to 1936, including films like The Big Parade (1925), The Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929) and Romeo and Juliet (1936). The book argues that Thalberg’s views represent a unified conceptual understanding of filmmaking – one that is still significant in the modern day.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9781474451048
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Film production
  • classical Hollywood
  • Irving Thalberg
  • MGM
  • film producer
  • Hollywood studios


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