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George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success Paperback – January 5, 2010
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The 300 films profiled were picked by George Lucas. Arranged by decade, from the early silents to present-day (and including potential future trends), the information includes an overall look at each decade -- the trends, the culture, the innovations, the filmmakers -- and then profiles a number of films that have stood the test of time from each period. Charts, graphs and tables supplement the material, offering samplings of studio mogul and stars' salaries, film budgets, celebrities' popularity and more, with financial info presented both in original dollar figures as well as figures adjusted to 2005 levels. Amazing stuff.
Also included are easy-to-understand sidebars, like the section explaining the various "widescreen" formats (CinemaScope vs. VistaVision vs. Cinerama, etc.; something I always found confusing, until now), and interesting profiles on such popular luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, the Marx Brothers, Walt Disney, and others. A glorious look at movies, movies, and more movies. If you make them, finance them, write them, or simply LOVE them, this 975-page book is a great, almost overwhelming look at some of the greatest movie "blockbusters" of the silver screen. Highly recommended.
Update: After going over this book a second time, I discovered a lot more errors. Some are typos that should have been caught by a copy editor. The number of errors calls into question the books usefulness as a reliable sourcebook so I have downgraded my 5-star review to 3-stars. Hopefully a new edition will correct the mistakes.
'The Great Train Robbery' (1903) was one of the first era of film-making most memorable products. It ran 12 minutes, cost $800, and was completed in 4 days. Films at that time were sold by the foot, and ran until audiences lost interest or the film was in tatters and no longer usable. By 1907, however, there were 150 movie exchanges that rented movies for one-fifth the purchase price. New releases were shipped out ahead of time so they could be promoted nationally and open on the same day across the country. Block booking soon followed - this required theaters to take at least one print of every movie the producer made. French movies at the time were considered better by many - even prior to 1908 the French were offering color, and by 1909 they introduced newsreels covering events around the world. Movie rates rose to a dime in 1909. The major film producers of the future, Warner, Loew, Mayer, all started as New York city film exhibitors on or before 1907.Read more ›
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I heard this book reviewed on Books & Nachos by the guys from Vegans Media and thought it would make a great reference/coffee table/bathroom-time read. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mark Valenzuela
A lot to offer for any movie fan. Begins at the beginning of the artform and takes you through the history of movies through publication year.Published on April 2, 2014 by Scotch7
I made this purchase for someone else. I do believe she was pleased with what she ordered and so was the person she gave it to.Published on February 13, 2013 by Jan Baker
It has his best 300 movies. The book was in good shape and arrived promptly. I would highly recommend the book to any George Lucas fan. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by C. Spavin
Film students take note. As George Lucas says in his introductory notes, that his new book, "Blockbusting," (it books) is the kind of book he wishes he had when he was in film... Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by BlogOnBooks
This is very informative and a great resource to have on the history of filmmaking inside of Hollywood.Published on July 24, 2010 by DL
This phone book sized book promised : untold secrets of the cultural and financial success of blockbusters. Blockbusting , what does it mean? To create blockbusters? Nope. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Larry
I got this book shortly after it came out, and I gotta say, I'm very impressed with it. It's every film lovers dream come true. Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by Ben F