Art Direction in the Days of the Great Studios
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About the Book
In the 1930s and 40s heyday of Hollywood studio art departments, strong art directors like Cedric Gibbons and Hans Dreier brought together more artists and artisans working on the same projects than any other enterprise in the history of modern American art.
This is the first book to trace the history of studio art direction. The origins of art direction in the early motion pictures, the organization of art departments, and the nature of art direction from the 1920s to the 1950s are covered first. Then each studio is discussed individually with a survey of its art department output through the fifties. Comprehensive filmographies (a first) provide films and release dates for 226 art directors.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 134 photos, references, filmographies, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 
Table of Contents
Introduction: Film Design 1
1. Early Art Direction 7
2. Art Departments Under the Studio System 25
3. United Artists and the Independent Art Directors 41
4. MGM and Selznick International 57
5. Warner Bros. 115
6. Paramount 157
7. 20th Century-Fox 187
8. RKO Studio 217
9. Columbia 255
10. Universal 275
Filmographies of Art Directors 317
Book Reviews & Awards
“details each studio’s particular character in set decoration and scrutinizes the work of [individuals]”—American Cinematographer; “excellent reference work…recommended”—Classic Images.