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Entertainment Industrialised: The Emergence of the International Film Industry, 1890-1940
     

Entertainment Industrialised: The Emergence of the International Film Industry, 1890-1940

by Gerben Bakker
 

ISBN-10: 0521898544

ISBN-13: 9780521898546

Pub. Date: 11/03/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Entertainment Industrialised was the first study to compare the emergence and economic development of the film industry in Britain, France and the United States between 1890 and 1940. Gerben Bakker investigates the commercialisation and industrialisation of live entertainment in the nineteenth century and analyses the subsequent arrival of motion pictures,

Overview

Entertainment Industrialised was the first study to compare the emergence and economic development of the film industry in Britain, France and the United States between 1890 and 1940. Gerben Bakker investigates the commercialisation and industrialisation of live entertainment in the nineteenth century and analyses the subsequent arrival of motion pictures, revealing that their emergence triggered a process of incessant creative destruction, development and productivity growth that continues in the entertainment industry today. He argues that cinema industrialised live entertainment by automating it, standardising it and making it tradeable, a process that was largely demand led, and that a quality race between firms changed the structure of the international entertainment market. While a hundred years ago, European enterprises were supplying half of all films shown in the US, the quality race resulted in today's industry, in which a handful of American companies dominate the global entertainment business.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521898546
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Rise of Entertainment: 2. The emergence of national entertainment markets; 3. The increase in demand for entertainment; 4. The structure of household entertainment expenditure; Part II. The Rise of the International Film Industry: 5. The emergence of cinema; 6. The quality race; 7. The failure to catch up; 8. How films became branded products; Part III. Entertainment Industrialised: 9. International market integration: firms versus trade; 10. Industrialising the discovery process; 11. At the origins of increased productivity growth in services; 12. Epilogue: after television.

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