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About the Book The experience of going to the movies, be it a single screen theater, twin, multiplex or drive-in, is affected by many different factors that have shifted over the ... years. Just as movies emerged from silent to talking, black and white to color, there has invariably been change in the way movies are made, copied, distributed and viewed. This change in the moviegoing experience, for better or for worse, is worth studying. This work examines the American moviegoing experience from 1968 to 2001--the way in which movies are made and regulated (including the demise of the Production Code and the emergence of the ratings system) as well as changes in lighting, cinematography and coloring techniques. The projection practices of the past and present, during and after the presence of the Projectionists Union, and the advent of the "platter," which allowed for automated projection, are discussed. How home video and cable affected the content of films after the eighties and the history of computerized special effects leading to the development of digital cinema projection are included. The work also covers the changing types of venues over the last third of a century and other aspects that affect, positively or negatively, the entire moviegoing experience. Read more Show Less

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Overview

New York-based film director Haines draws on his own observations and reactions to reflect on changes in such facets as content, demographics, theater design, projection systems, cinematography, and release print technology since 1968. The advent of digital cinema may have as much impact in the coming decades, he says. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413614
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/3/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Film director Richard W. Haines is also the author of Technicolor Movies (2003). He lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1 Cinema in the Sixties 5
2 Demise of the Production Code 15
3 Multiplexes and Twinning 87
4 Projection 94
5 Cinematography 106
6 The Home Entertainment Revolution 124
7 Distribution Changes in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties 142
8 Alternate Venues 163
9 Digital Cinema 187
10 The Fate of Film 196
App. A Surviving Movie Palaces 199
App. B Surviving Drive-Ins 218
App. C Classic Studio Style Cinematographers 225
App. D Contemporary Style Cinematographers 235
Notes 247
Bibliography 251
Index 259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    CINEMA MAGIC

    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I ENJOYED READING EVERY PAGE! I LEARNED SO MUCH AND MORE! RICHARD W. HAINES IS A VERY PASSIONATE AND COLORFUL WRITER - THIS BOOK WAS A REAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME.

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