Almost three quarters of the golden age of Hollywood has been lost. Preservation only began when film came to be seen as art.
Film & TV
Americanised globalisation and the new world of Russian business in the 1990s.
Recalling Hollywood’s best anecdotes and old grudges.
It’s a Wonderful Life had its first screening on 20 December 1946.
Hollywood’s golden age was born of the popularity of swords and sandals on the Victorian stage.
Franco Rosso’s film Babylon presented the lives of Black Londoners in a way few had done before.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp premiered on 10 June 1943.
Having produced, directed and starred in a lascivious play, West was charged with ‘corrupting the morals of youth’ on 19 April 1927.
Alarm about moral degeneracy and ‘family values’ provoked Hollywood to instigate its own self-censorship codes in the 1920s. The industry's preoccupation with American morality proved to be the source of inspiration and even genius.
Four historians consider how their discipline can best reach a mass audience.