Forties Screen Style: A Celebration of High Pastiche in Hollywood

Howard Mandelbaum, Eric Myers
Mandelbaum and Myers continue their survey of Hollywood style, this time focusing on the films of the Forties. The filmgoer's passion for the sleek lines of Art Deco faded by the Forties, and the studio art directors responded with a melange of contrasting styles that Mandelbaum and Myers have dubbed High Pastiche. The war, as well as different modes of work, play, and transport, contributed to the visual exuberance of Forties cinema design, and the authors again display their wit and knowledge in this fascinating look at an under-appreciated aspect of Hollywood history. Again, the generous selection of stills concludes with a gallery of stars dripping with that Forties style.

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