By Robert B. Ray
here's a secret: in 1939, whilst the Hollywood Studio process, on the height of its energy, produced such movies 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 charm was once now not Gable, Garbo, Wayne, Garland, Stewart, or Olivier. In 1939, 1940, and 1941, the most well-liked performer within the American cinema was once Mickey Rooney, who owed his good fortune essentially to a not pricey MGM sequence that focused on his personality, Andy Hardy.
here's one other secret: sooner or later long ago decade, movie stories, as soon as the main cutting edge of the arts disciplines, started to harden right into a catechism of predictable questions and solutions. through committing itself completely to rational critique, movie reports left itself overmatched through the significantly well known, seductive, and enigmatic representations that represent the flicks. And by way of eschewing experimentation with the kinds of feedback, movie stories mockingly reduce itself off from the recent equipment of study and writing triggered by way of the 20th century's revolution in communications applied sciences.
Robert Ray's booklet approximately Andy Hardy proposes that other ways of considering and writing concerning the videos should be derived from the arts' an identical 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 stories new sorts of examine that imitate the cognitive conduct inspired by means of images, desktops, and the cinema itself. In doing so, he unearths that even the Andy Hardy videos, a regimen made from the Hollywood Studio procedure, have been, in the end, wealthy and mysterious.