Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See

Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See

by Jonathan Rosenbaum
     
 

ISBN-10: 1556524544

ISBN-13: 9781556524547

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated


Is the cinema, as writers from David Denby to Susan Sontag have claimed, really dead? Contrary to what we have been led to believe, films are better than ever—we just can’t see the good ones. Movie Wars cogently explains how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, and how, at every stage of the process, the potential moviegoer is treated…  See more details below

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Is the cinema, as writers from David Denby to Susan Sontag have claimed, really dead? Contrary to what we have been led to believe, films are better than ever—we just can’t see the good ones. Movie Wars cogently explains how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, and how, at every stage of the process, the potential moviegoer is treated with contempt. Using examples ranging from the New York Times’s coverage of the Cannes film festival to the anticommercial practices of Orson Welles, Movie Wars details the workings of the powerful forces that are in the process of ruining our precious cinematic culture and heritage, and the counterforces that have begun to fight back.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556524547
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,256,367
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction: Is the Producer Always Right?,
Chapter One: Is the Cinema Really Dead?,
Chapter Two: Some Vagaries of Distribution and Exhibition,
Chapter Three: Some Vagaries of Promotion and Criticism,
Chapter Four: At War with Cultural Violence: The Critical Reception of Small Soldiers,
Chapter Five: Communications Problems and Canons,
Chapter Six: The AFI's Contribution to Movie Hell: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love American Movies,
Chapter Seven: Isolationism as a Control System,
Chapter Eight: Multinational Pest Control: Does American Cinema Still Exist?,
Chapter Nine: Trafficking in Movies (Festival-Hopping in the Nineties),
Chapter Ten: Orson Welles as Ideological Challenge,
Conclusion: The Audience Is Sometimes Right,
Index,

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