By Charles Affron,Mirella Jona Affron

Americans flocked to the films in 1945 and 1946ùthe middle element of the three-decade heyday of the studio system's sound period. Why?

Best Years is a wide ranging learn, shining mild in this severe juncture in American historyand the historical past of yankee cinemaùthe finish of worldwide struggle II (1945) and a 12 months of remarkable luck in Hollywood's "Golden Age" (1946). This distinctive time, the final 12 months of battle and the 1st complete yr of peace, offers a wealthy mixture of cinema genres and typesùfrom the battlefront to the house entrance, the peace movie to the woman's movie, mental drama, and the period's provocative new variety, movie noir.

Best Years makes a speciality of motion pictures that have been recognized, notorious, forgotten, and unforgettable. immense funds A-films, street indicates, and popular sequence percentage the highlight. From Bergman and supply in Notorious to Abbott and Costello in Lost in a Harem, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron study why the bond among reveal and viewer used to be might be by no means tighter. Paying particular cognizance to the movie-going public in key cities--Atlanta, manhattan, Boston, Honolulu, and Chicago--this bold paintings takes us on a cinematic trip to recapture a paranormal time.

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