Freedom and Entertainment: Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media

Freedom and Entertainment: Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media

by Stephen Vaughn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521676541

ISBN-13: 9780521676540

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Richard Vaughn's account of the development of the American movie rating system situates contemporary cinema within the turbulent context of the history of censorship, America's cultural wars, and the impact of new technologies that have transformed entertainment. Based on the private papers and oral history of Richard D. Heffner, who headed MPAA's Classification

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Richard Vaughn's account of the development of the American movie rating system situates contemporary cinema within the turbulent context of the history of censorship, America's cultural wars, and the impact of new technologies that have transformed entertainment. Based on the private papers and oral history of Richard D. Heffner, who headed MPAA's Classification and Rating Administration for two decades, from 1974 to 1994, it chronicles the often tense working relationship between Heffner and Jack Valenti, the long-standing currently 83 year old President and Chief Executive of the Motion Picture Association of America. It also documents the sometimes bruising encounters Heffner had with such Hollywood heavyweights as Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas, George C. Scott, Lew Wasserman, Arthur Krim, Jerry Weintraub, and many others. Heffner's memoirs reveal the conflicted behind-the-scenes history of the American movie rating system from the perspective of a man once called "the least-known most powerful person in Hollywood". Stephen Vaughn has taught the history of communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, since 1981. His previous books include Ronald Reagan in Hollywood: Movies and Politics (1994), The Vital Past: Writings on the Uses of History (1985), and Holding Fast the Inner Lines: Democracy, Nationalism and the Committee on Public Information (1980). He is General Editor of a three-volume Encyclopedia of American Journalism, and has published a two-volume annotated bibliography in electronic format.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521676540
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
List of Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction     1
New Leaders and a New System     12
Sex, Profanity, and Violence     42
The X Rating and the Home Entertainment Revolution     64
The Technology of Special Effects and the Effects of Screen Violence     92
Pornography     122
The Antipornography Crusade     147
Hollywood, Drugs, and Religion     169
NC-17     194
Television     222
The Digital Future     251
Archives     267
Government Hearings and Publications     269
Motion Pictures     273
Bibliography     281
Index     315

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