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Analytical Table of Contents vii

List of Tables xi

List of Case Studies xii

List of Figures xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

Introduction: Problems of Definition and the Discourse of American Independent Cinema 1

Part I

American Independent Cinema in the Studio Years (mid-1920s-late 1940s)

1. Independent Filmmaking in the Studio Era:

Tendencies within the Studio System 19

2. Independent Filmmaking in the Studio Era:

The Poverty Row Studios (1930-50s) 63

Part II

The Transitional Years (late 1940s-late 1960s)

3. Independence by Force: The Effects of the

Paramount Decree on Independent Film Production 101

4. An Audience for the Independents: Exploitation Films for the Nation's Youth 135

Part III

Contemporary American Independent Cinema (late 1960s-present)

5. The New Hollywood and the Independent Hollywood 169

6. American Independent Cinema in the Age of the Conglomerates 192

7. Mini-majors and Major Independents 222

8. The Institutionalisation of American Independent Cinema 246

Epilogue: From Independent to 'Specialty' Cinema 281

Bibliography 285

Index 293

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