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King looks at the Hollywood "Renaissance" from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, industrial factors shaping the construction of the corporate blockbuster, the role of auteur directors, genre and stardom in New Hollywood, narrative and spectacle in the contemporary blockbuster, and the relationship between production for the big and small screens.
Case studies considered include Taxi Driver, Godzilla, and Gladiator, tracing the roots of New Hollywood from the 1950s to the start of the twenty-first century.
— Chris Wyatt
Whatever your opinion of developments in American cinema over the last 30 years, you will be confirmed and challenged by King's aim of showing how these films can be approached and discussed in more than one way.... this is going to be a useful resource for student, tutor, aficionado and historian alike.
King has a good handle on both the commercial and the artistic aspects of cinema, which is necessary for comprehending the topic, and he states his case in an academic yet generally accessible manner.
Film professor King explores how popular films of the 60's through the 90's have been affected by Hollywood's primary function as a multibillion-dollar international business.
A first-rate contribution to the field of film studies.
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|Introduction: Dimensions and Definitions of New Hollywood||1|
|1||New Hollywood, Version I: The Hollywood Renaissance||11|
|2||New Hollywood, Version II: Blockbusters and Corporate Hollywood||49|
|3||From Auteurs to Brats: Authorship in New Hollywood||85|
|6||Narrative vs. Spectacle in the Contemporary Blockbuster||178|
|7||From Big Screen to Small||224|