A New Pot of Gold: Hollywood Under the Electronic Rainbow, 1980-1989

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University of California Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 564 pages
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Facing an economic crisis in the 1980s, the Hollywood industry moved boldly to control the ancillary markets of videotape, video disk, pay-cable and pay-per-view, and the major studios found themselves targeted for acquisition by global media and communications companies. This volume examines the decade's transformation that took Hollywood from the production of theatrical film to media software.

Some of the films discussed in this volume include:

Platoon

Do the Right Thing

Blue Velvet

Diner

E.T.

Batman

Body Heat
 

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Contents

The Industry at the Dawn of the Decade
1
Merger Mania
40
The Brave New Ancillary World
90
Independents Packaging and Inflationary
142
The Talent Oligopoly
160
The Filmmakers
186
Genres and Production Cycles
287
Movies and Morality
341
American Documentary in the 1980s
370
Experimental Cinema in the 1980s
390
Notes
455
Bibliography
477
Picture Sources
489
Index of Films
547
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About the author (2002)

Stephen Prince is Professor of Communication Studies at Virginia Tech. His books include The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa (1999); Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies (1998); and Visions of Empire: Political Imagery in Contemporary American Films (1992).

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