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American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing Hardcover – January 25, 2001
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From Library Journal
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"A highly charming and provocative study of audiences."―American Studies
"Deflates 'artistic' opinions about directors by using box-office grosses and audience response as a measuring rod."―Choice
"A sprawling look at the last fifty years of American movies and how audiences responded to them."―Cineaste
"Does something that most academically oriented cinema-related books don't: he gets in touch with the magic of the movies."―Creative Screenwriting
"Obligatory reading for serious film goers and film makers alike. Written with charm and style, this book gives the audience perspective on movies as no other book has done. Insightful."―David Brown
"A fascinating glimpse into history."―Express Books
"In drawing our attention back to the audience, he has rendered a service by reminding us that a reciprocal relationship exists between the filmmaker and audience. All too often we tend to ignore the latter."―Film & History
"The results reflect the ideas of anyone who has ever sat down with an overpriced combo of popcorn and soda: some movies are great, others are stinkers, and when it comes right down to it, the opinions of professional critics don't amount to a hill of beans."―ForeWord
"A great idea for a book."―Lexington Herald-Leader
"In this book, ordinary people talk back to the screen, describing early movie-going memories, family nights at the drive in, growing up with movies in the early days of television, and loving and hating movies in the 1960s. Other topics include the always popular subject of sex in the cinema . . . and the our changing response to movies as we age. . . . . Lively, divergent reactions to classics and box-office hits are also included."―Library Journal
"Stempel draws upon his considerable expertise to examine the complex relationship between the audience and the movies. . . . Very highly recommended and unique reading for students of film history and American popular culture."―Midwest Book Review
"Gives voice to the audience."―Plus
Top Customer Reviews
His moviegoers describe their earliest and most memorable experiences. Just as Hollywood often holds up a mirror to our society, Tom Stempel allows the audience to hold up a mirror to Hollywood.
After Psycho, no one felt comfortable in the shower. After Jaws, many people were afraid to swim in the ocean. The Exorcist scared everyone. In their own words people tell how Hollywood films helped them form and transform their personal concepts of reality and examine the meaning of their lives:
"Easy Rider was a statement of our generation. Getting on motorcycles and just riding around the country with long hair flowing in the wind was what I and so many others wanted to do."Ira Katz
"My father took me and my sisters to see The Apple Dumpling Gang. I had never seen my father happier" Angela West
"It was like some kind of religious ritual initiation...as if she were bringing me into a new secret world where special knowledge and power would be passed on from her to me." Peggy Dillery, seeing Cleopatra with her Grandmother
"The Ten Commandments had a pretty big influence on the shaping of my religious view," T. Taylor
"It was in a movie theatre that I kissed my first girl, felt my first breast, and had my first mutual touching below the waist..." Brad Long
American Audiences on movies and MovieGoing shows how movies change audiences'lives and how New Lifestyles change the movies.Read more ›