REGARDING FRANK CAPRA
AUDIENCE, CELEBRITY & AMERICAN FILM STUDIES 1930-1960
Matèria: Directors / pel·lícules
Drawing on archival sources including fan letters, exhibitor reports, military and prison records, government and corporate documents, and trade journals, Smoodin explains how the venues where Capra's films were seen and the strategies used to promote the films affected audience response and how, in turn, audience response shaped film production. He analyzes issues of foreign censorship and government interventions. He also looks at the reception of Capra's series Why We Fight, used by the American military to train recruits and re-educate German prisoners of war.