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Post-Fordist Cinema
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Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Business of Auteur Theory
1: Post (Henry and John) Fordism: Kirk Douglas and Guerilla Economy
2. The Cinema of Defection: The Corporate Counterculture and Robert Altman's Lion's Gate
3. Television Totalities: Zanuck-Brown and the Privately-Held Company
4. The Ethos of Incorporation: BBS and the Law of Unnatural Persons
Afterword: Auteurs, Amateurs, Animators
Notes
Index

About the Author

Jeff Menne is associate professor and program director of screen studies at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Francis Ford Coppola (2015).

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Menne has produced a masterful study in which close readings of key films of the post-studio era are informed by an understanding of large-scale socioeconomic trends and evolving institutional arrangements. Deeply researched and carefully argued, Post-Fordist Cinema represents a new and promising direction for the field.--Virginia Wright Wexman, author of Creating the Couple: Love, Marriage, and Hollywood Performance
Post-Fordist Cinema rewrites the standard narrative of New Hollywood. Joining the dots between auteurism, corporate management theory, and the counterculture, Menne shows how innovative small firms played a pivotal role in the emergence of New Hollywood and the rise of the "cultural economy." Packed with bravura close readings and rigorous industrial history, this is an outstanding contribution to the scholarship on 1960s and 1970s cinema.--Lawrence Webb, author of The Cinema of Urban Crisis: Seventies Film and the Reinvention of the City
Jeff Menne has made a crucial contribution to our understanding of postclassical Hollywood. Examining the films and filmmaking of small "outsider" firms run by a range of savvy industry players - from star Kirk Douglas to producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown to renegade director Robert Altman - Post-Fordist Cinema gauges the economic logic, innovative aesthetics and revisionist auteurism of the nascent New Hollywood.--Thomas Schatz, author of The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era
Menne links the development of the auteur theory in the U.S. and its enactment in the filmmaking practices of the New Hollywood to the rise of the "management revolution" of the postwar period. In Menne's telling, New Hollywood auteurs--and their small production companies--at once instantiate the practices of this management revolution while also offering allegories for it in the films they make. This salient and persuasive book connects these arguments to case studies of small production companies, demonstrating how these entities enabled new forms of creative labor that were nonetheless compatible with the larger corporations that took over the studios at this time.--Derek Nystrom, author of Hard Hats, Rednecks, and Macho Men: Class in 1970s American Cinema

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