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The decline of sentiment: American film in the 1920s

The decline of sentiment: American film in the 1920s

Jacobs, Lea

Seeking to characterise the radical shifts in taste that changed American life in the Jazz Age, Jacob documents the fims and film genres that were considered old-fashioned, as well as those considered more innovative, and looks closely at the work of Erich von Stroheim, Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, Monta Bell, and others

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press, 2008
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Statement of responsibility: Lea Jacobs
ISBN: 0520237013, 0520254570, 9780520237018, 9780520254572
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 378 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series: A Simpson book in the humanities
Subject: Silent films United States History.; Melodrama in motion pictures.; Popular culture; Motion pictures United States History.; American film; Criticism


  1. Preface ix
  2. 1. toward a history of taste
  3. 2. hollywood naturalism
  4. 3. sophisticated comedy
  5. 4. the male adventure story
  6. 5. the seduction plot
  7. 6. the romantic drama
  8. afterword
  9. Notes
  10. Bibliography
  11. Filmography
  12. Index

Author note

Lea Jacobs is Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is author of The Wages of Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman Film, 1929-1942 (UC Press) and Theatre to Cinema: Stage Pictorialism and the Early Feature Film.


“A groundbreaking examination of a pivotal turning point in American cinema. . . . Jacobs’ thoroughly researched arguments make her thesis as convincing as it is original. . . . A formidable achievement.”
American Cinematographer