The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy

By Robert B. Ray

here's a secret: in 1939, whilst the Hollywood Studio approach, on the height of its energy, produced such motion pictures as Gone with the Wind, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith is going to Washington, and Wuthering Heights, the films' number-one box-office appeal was once no longer Gable, Garbo, Wayne, Garland, Stewart, or Olivier. In 1939, 1940, and 1941, the preferred performer within the American cinema used to be Mickey Rooney, who owed his good fortune essentially to a comparatively cheap MGM sequence that targeting his personality, Andy Hardy.

here's one other secret: sooner or later some time past decade, movie experiences, as soon as the main leading edge of the arts disciplines, started to harden right into a catechism of predictable questions and solutions. by way of committing itself completely to rational critique, movie experiences left itself overmatched via the vastly well known, seductive, and enigmatic representations that represent the flicks. And by way of eschewing experimentation with the sorts of feedback, movie reports sarcastically minimize itself off from the recent tools of analysis and writing triggered through the 20 th century's revolution in communications applied sciences.

Robert Ray's publication approximately Andy Hardy proposes that alternative routes of considering and writing in regards to the videos might be derived from the arts' similar of science's natural research--the avant-garde arts. Drawing at the Surrealist culture, with its use of video games, probability, fragments, anecdotes, and university, Ray invents for movie reviews new varieties of study that imitate the cognitive conduct inspired via images, desktops, and the cinema itself. In doing so, he unearths that even the Andy Hardy videos, a regimen made from the Hollywood Studio method, have been, finally, wealthy and mysterious.

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