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Epics Spectacles and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History (Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series) Kindle Edition

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Considers the history of the American blockbuster-the large-scale, high-cost film-as it evolved from the 1890s to today.

About the Author

Sheldon Hall is a senior lecturer in stage and screen studies at Sheffield Hallam University and author of Zulu: With Some Guts Behind It - The Making of the Epic Film and co-editor (with John Belton and Steve Neale) of Widescreen Worldwide.

Steve Neale is professor of English at the University of Exeter and author and editor of several books, most recently, Genre and Contemporary Hollywood.


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  • File Size: 2309 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (April 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZSLCUE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on November 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book charts the history of the Hollywood spectacle, epic and blockbuster from the silent era to the present. Although written with an obvious enthusiasm for the subject, this is not just a celebration of the genres, but an extended analysis of how industry imperatives shaped the construction, casting, marketing and reception of these kind of films. The authors give a unique insight into the ways these films are planned and - more significantly - marketed, especially in the digital age, when the film makes as much money through its DVD and/or online release as it does in movie theatres. The result is a long, comprehensive, and highly detailed work, suggesting that the genres are still very much alive, even though the costs to produce them remain astronomical.
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Format: Paperback
The Holy Grail of the American film industry is the production of a massively financially successful movie. Such productions are called 'blockbusters'. The collaborative work of Sheldon Hall (Senior Lecturer, Stage and Screen Studies, Sheffield Hallam University) and Steve Neale (Professor of English, University of Exeter), "Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History" is the newest addition to Wayne State University Press' outstanding 'Contemporary Film and Television Series'. This 363-page compendium presents a comprehensive and detailed history of the large-scale, high-cost movie from the beginning of movie-making in the 1890s down to the present day. The genres of such films range from comic book adaptations, to biblical epics, to animated features, to science fiction extravaganzas, and more. Chronological organized, the impact of technological developments on movie making is fully integrated into this superbly written and scholarly history, making "Epics, Spectacles, And Blockbusters" an invaluable and core addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Hollywood History & Film reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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One of the best books I have yet read on the history of movies, and with a very original angle. A wonderful book.
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