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Remembering the Fraught "Genius" of the Studio System

Scholar and writer Thomas Schatz has a new book about the studio era of Hollywood. While efficient, the film industry during the first half of the century limited the roles available to actors and actresses, and tightly controlled the content and style of the movies it produced.


Other segments from the episode on February 2, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 2, 1989: Interview with Thomas Schatz; Review of five recent popular songs; Interview with Roger Black; Review of the film "Lawrence of Arabia."


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