Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History

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Wayne State University Press, Apr 15, 2010 - 376 pages
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Considers the history of the American blockbuster—the large-scale, high-cost film—as it evolved from the 1890s to today.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
EARLY FILMS AND EARLY FEATURES 18941911
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MULTIREEL FEATURES EPICS AND ROADSHOWS 19111916
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SUPERSPECIALS SPECIALS AND PROGRAMS 19161927
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COLOR LARGE SCREEN WIDE SCREEN AND SOUND 18941931
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TUNERS SPECTACLES AND PRESTIGE PICTURES 19291939
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FEWER BUT BIGGER 19391949
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COLOSSALS AND BLOCKBUSTERS 19491959
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ROADSHOWS SHOWCASES AND RUNAWAYS 19561970
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MULTIPLE JEOPARDY 19651975
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SUPER BLOCKBUSTERS 19761985
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ANCILLARY MARKETS GLOBALIZATION AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY 19862009
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Sheldon Hall is a senior lecturer in stage and screen studies at Sheffield Hallam University and author of Zulu: With Some Guts Behind It - The Making of the Epic Film and co-editor (with John Belton and Steve Neale) of Widescreen Worldwide.

Steve Neale is professor of English at the University of Exeter and author and editor of several books, most recently, Genre and Contemporary Hollywood.

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