Film: The Studio System

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During the “golden age” from the early 1930s to the 1950s, the studio system employed a “producer-unit system” to make movies that would “value both profits and aesthetic value” (Barsam & Monahan, 2016, p. 469). With this manager and producer-heavy structure, standardization became possible in filmmaking which led to films with a “studio look,” meaning that movies, particularly from the major studios, had a “predictable technical quality, often at the cost of stylistic sameness” (Barsam & Monahan, 2016, p. 470).
The big studios of the time, Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and RKO not only controlled film production through their studios, they also owned theaters throughout the Unites States and controlled the distribution
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