Chapters 4-6: The Arrival Of Sound, Post-War Cinema, and Sex & Melodrama. With the advent of sound in the 1930s we witness the birth of new types of film: screwball comedies, gangster pictures, horror films, westerns and musicals. The onset of WWII makes cinema more daring and the story shifts from Italy back to Hollywood, to chart the darkening of American film and the drama of the McCarthy era. Sex and melodrama infuses the American movies of the 50s, and we travel to Egypt, India, China, Mexico, Britain and Japan to find that movies there were also full of rage and passion.
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