Film Theory: Classic Hollywood Cinema (1930-1960)–Attributes

Shooting on Studio Lot

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, roughly from 1929 (the beginning of the sound era) to 1960, most pictures were shot on the studio lots, in a rather controlled environment.

Pace and Rhythm:

In Classic Hollywood Cinema, films were allowed to breathe, to take their time in telling a story.  They either contained atmospheric cutaways or comic-relief passages, during which the viewers relaxed and gathered their energies.

The scholar Philip Lopate has noted that director Howard Hawks has been justly raised for the rhythm of stress and relaxation, action and dialogue sequences in one of his best films, the 1959 Western Rio Bravo.