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 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Is the cinema, as writers from David Denby to Susan Sontag have claimed, really dead? Contrary to what we have been led to believe, films are better than ever--we just can't see the good ones. 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. Using examples ranging from the "New York Times"'s coverage of the Cannes film festival to the anticommercial practices of Orson Welles, 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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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum writes film criticism for the "Chicago Reader" and has written on film for many other publications. He is also the author of many books, including "Movies as Politics" (UC Press, 1997).

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