Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, Jul 1, 2002 - Performing Arts - 234 pages
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'Movie Wars' cogently explains how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, and how, at every stage of the process, the potential moviegoer is treated with contempt. Along the way, it exposes industry secrets, such as that Miramax often buys distribution rights to movies it then fails to distribute, thus ensuring that its competitors don't get them. And it shows, for the first time, why the corporate ownership of movie theaters defies antitrust laws and precedents stretching back over fifty years.' 'While the average American can usually find a book or record that has not been endorsed by the mainstream media, when it comes to movies, consumers are powerless against what Rosenbaum calls 'the media-industrial complex.' Using examples ranging from the New York Times's coverage of the Cannes film festival to the anticommercial practices of Orson Welles, from the American Film Institute to the major studios, and from Small Soldiers to Starship Troopers, Movie Wars details the workings of the powerful forces that are in the process of ruining our precious cinematic culture and heritage, and the counterforces that have begun to fight back.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum, Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Conspire to Limit What Films We Can See (A Capella Books, 2000) I am enough of a film geek to have a favorite critic, and that is Jonathan ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick J - Goodreads

Most of the essays are collected at, but still... having them available consecutively makes it easier to connect Mr. Rosenbaum's thoughts on Mass Media organization. I can't think of a better contemporary American writer dedicated to film. Read full review

Selected pages


Is the Cinema Really Dead?
Some Vagaries of Distribution and Exhibition
Some Vagaries of Promotion and Criticism
At War with Cultural Violence The Critical Reception of Small Soldiers
Communications Problems and Canons
The AFIs Contribution to Movie Hell or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love American Movies
Isolationism as a Control System
Multinational Pest Control Does American Cinema Still Exist?
Trafficking in Movies FestivalHopping in the Nineties
Orson Welles as Ideological Challenge
The Audience Is Sometimes Right

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About the author (2002)

Jonathan Rosenbaum is a film critic for the Chicago Reader and is the author of Moving Places, Placing Movies, Movies as Politics, and Dead Man. He is a frequent contributor to Film Comment and Cinéaste. He lives in Chicago.

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